2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir

Once again Mother Nature has provided Sonoma County another vintage year for growers and winemakers. 2016 was by many measures a perfect year to grow grapes. The season started early as did the previous year. The crop was slightly larger than 2015 but near perfect quality. It was an early harvest season, beginning mid-August and finishing up by the end of September, another record year here at Trione Vineyards and Winery.

 

Cases produced:  275
Retail price:  $28
Appellation: Russian River Valley

 

Winemaking

Early morning, whole cluster, hand harvesting was implemented in the making of the Rose’. The grapes were destemmed and placed into an 80 hectoliter tank press to rest for 12 hours under a blanket of dry ice. After 12 hours the free run juice was drained to a tank, no pressing was done. The wine was cold settled for two days then racked off the sediment to another tank. The juice was analyzed and additions made including a Burgundian yeast selection called RC212. The juice was then placed into neutral French oak barrels and the fermentation began. Fermentation lasted about 3 weeks after which the barrels were topped and SO2 added. The barrels then remained in the cellar, aging for 4 months.

 

Alcohol: 13.6 percent by volume
TA:  6.50 g/l
pH: 3.33

 

Tasting Notes

Rose petals and gardenias are the first impressions on the nose. Subtle hints of sandalwood and dried orange peel are also present. On the palate this wine is soft, silky and lingering; a spring wine that will pair beautifully with many dishes from a simple Caesar salad to Maine lobster tail.