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2016 Brut Rosé Sparkling

2016 Brut Rosé Sparkling
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Always a favorite in our tasting room (and a favorite of Kathleen's), this small lot of méthode champenoise brut rosé sparkling wine is 100% Pinot Noir from our OGV Estate vineyard; it has a luscious mousse and a very fine bead. The colour is the palest of pink; the nose has all of the hallmarks of Olivet Grange fruit, including hints of fresh citrus, strawberry, tart cherry, and brioche. A bright core of acid, along with a rich mouthfeel and a long finish showing great minerality, leave a clean, crisp palate impression. We see this not only as an apéritif, but as a serious food wine for a main course or a dessert.

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
OGV Estate
Harvest Date
August 17, 2016
98% Stainless Steel, 2% French Oak
Bottling Date
April 25, 2017
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This sparkling brut rosé is pale salmon pink in color with good mousse and very fine bead. On the nose, there is Mandarin orange, tangerine, dried and fresh strawberry, tart cherry and brioche. On the palate, experience strawberry, citrus zest, watermelon, and a hint of raspberry and mineral.
Winemaker Notes
We hand-picked into half-ton bins, getting the grapes to the winery before 9 a.m. Grapes were whole-cluster pressed with free run juice going to the cuvée. The cuvée and taille (the press fraction) were fermented separately. Only a small fraction of the taille was used in the assemblage. The wine settled for 36 hours and was kept at 52° F to 54° F. We racked to a fermenter and began fermentation using Quartz yeast. Fermentation was carried out at 51° F until 2 Brix when we shut off the cooling to finish the fermentation. We settled the wine for 8 months on the lees before assemblage. Kathleen looks for aromatics, structure, and overall texture and balance. This is a single-vineyard sparkling wine made from one pick and one press, so options for blending were limited. The wine was tinted with 2% barrel-aged ML complete OGV Pinot Noir from the prior vintage. This tinting helps reduce bitterness or phenolics that could come from fermenting with color in the primary, and adds texture along with Pinot Noir character. Once blended, the wine cold stabilized. It was crossflow filtered and bottled with additional yeast and sugar. The wine received 11 months of aging on the lees. A 4 day mechanical riddling cycle was followed by disgorging. Dosage was 0.5g/L sugar dissolved in wine, not water, with no added SO2.
226 Cases
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2016 Brut Rosé Sparkling

Olivet Grange Vineyard

Pervasive aromas of tangerine, mandarins, strawberry and raspberry combine with hints of star lilies in this oh-so paler-than-pink blush that tingles your nose as much as it does your palate. Lively notes of ginger and nutmeg spice up the ethereal cranberry, tart cherry and orange zest in this 100 percent Pinot Noir sparkler that sprints like dragonflies across a dawn-pink pond. From Olivet Grange vineyard in the Russian River Valley, this sparkling wine was made from a single pick and press lot, with eight months of lees aging. A fine mouse and generous mouthfeel make it a delight to drink as an aperitif, but its serious core of equally generous acid emphasizes its food worthiness with pretty much any rich cuisine. Thai food, Peking duck or crab wontons would all be ideal companions for the energetic sparkler from winemaker Kathleen Inman.

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