2017 Rosato di Sangiovese
Blend Composition | 100% Sangiovese, Noceto clone
Appellation | Estate St. Helena Vineyard
Harvest Date | August 31
Finished pH | 3.22
Finished TA | 6.9 g/L
Alcohol by Volume | 12.6%
Residual Sugar | 0.01%
Production | 312 cases
We had a wet start to 2017, so welcome after 5 years of drought. The bulk of the rain fell in January and February but rains continued into April, ensuring that the vines would have ample water throughout the growing season. The harvest started more or less on time with average to slightly low yields. What started in water ended in fire. Fortunately we had harvested most of our fruit before the October fires. We will not be using any fruit harvested after the fires.
We pick the Sangiovese for our Rosato about two weeks before we pick from the same vineyard block for our red wine, capturing brighter fruit flavors and a lively character. We gently destemmed and crushed the berries before sending to the press, where a long, gentle pressing cycle extracted beautiful juice. We fermented the wine slowly at cool temperatures to maintain the brilliant aromatics..
This wine is a brilliant, electric fuchsia color and is redolent of strawberry, cherry pie and hints of raspberry with a nice floral quality. Bright, crisp and refreshing, with notes of strawberry - rhubarb, melon and ruby-red grapefruit on the palate, this wine is ready to be enjoyed now.
Enjoy with a watermelon, basil and feta salad, pasta with olive oil, fresh cracked black pepper, pecorino Romano and chili flake, grilled salmon with lemon, pizza with fig, frutti di mare or shrimp alla diavola.
- Matt Reid, Winemaker