Pinot Noir Rosé 2018
This remarkably expressive Pinot Noir Rosé truly showcases Luisa’s style. Graceful notes of strawberries and orange peel intermingle with beautiful floral notes and sweet spice. The acidity on the finish leaves you with wanting more.
Pinot Noir fruit is sourced from high elevation Merten Vineyards and old vine fruit from Dion Vineyards and Ten Peaks Vineyard, a beautiful cool site outside in the coast range. All of their vineyards have been LIVE Certified Sustainable, the highest international standard of sustainable viticulture. Not only are their 130 acres farmed LIVE, but they encourage all grower partners to meet the same standards.
The fruit was destemmed and macerated for 24 hours before pressing to stainless steel for fermentation. The fermentation was cool and long and malolactic was inhibited to retain the bright, fresh fruit character. A portion was fermented in neutral Pinot Noir oak barrels and allowed to complete malolactic to add a touch of creaminess to the mid palate.
The 2018 vintage in the Willamette Valley was extraordinary. The weather conditions throughout the growing season remained so ideal that the fruit came into the winery in pristine condition, perfectly and slowly ripened to intense flavor and maturity, enabling Luisa Ponzi to step aside so the wines could continue to develop beautifully with minimal intervention.
The season began with each milestone hit at the expected time (bud break mid-April, flowering mid-June and fruit set in mid-July). The warm and dry summer prepared the Ponzis for a potential early vintage, due to early ripening from heat stress. However, early September rains allowed the vines a drink and cooler nights slowed down ripening to allow the fruit to be picked when perfectly ready.
The Pinot Noir for this wine revealed beautiful tannin structure, spicy dark fruit flavors and inherent balance.
“Ethereal aromatics of magnolia, hibiscus, wild strawberry, jasmine and rainwater blend with slightly savory hints of lemon thyme and white pepper on the nose. The seamless palate of apple (think Envy or Pink Lady), slight honey notes and juicy acidity make this a refreshing, but serious Pinot Noir Rosé.” – Winemaker, Luisa Ponzi
In addition to their 130 acres farmed LIVE, the Ponzi family encourages all grower partners to meet the same standards.
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