2018 Rosato di Sangiovese
Blend Composition | 100% Sangiovese, Noceto clone
Appellation | Estate St. Helena Vineyard
Harvest Date | September 12
Finished pH | 3.42
Finished TA | 6.4 g/L
Alcohol by Volume | 13.9%
Residual Sugar | 0.01%
Production | 325 cases
The 2018 growing season got a relatively late start due to a cool and blessedly rainy spring. Summer temperatures remained moderate, with a brief and relatively mild heat spike at the end of July. Our harvest began 15 days later than in 2017, and proceeded at a slow and steady pace, affording us the luxury of picking at peak flavor development and relatively low Brix. Our last pick was on November 6, setting a record for our latest harvest. Yields were up relative to the last several years and the quality is outstanding.
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.
Enticing aromas of strawberry, raspberry, and freshly baked pie crust leap out of the glass of this brilliant pink wine, along with hints of ruby grapefruit, starfruit and a kiss of pineapple. This mouthwatering wine is crisp, bright, and luscious on the palate with flavors of strawberry-rhubarb, melon, and hints of white peach and nectarine, with a clean, refreshing finish.
Pair with caprese salad or goat-cheese stuffed figs wrapped in prosciutto.
- Matt Reid, Winemaker
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