2018 Endless Crush® Rosé Sexton Road Ranch
In 2018 I realized my vision of creating three single vineyard, intentional rosés from the three beautiful Pinot Noir vineyards I have worked with since 2013. The Pratt Sexton Road is a full bodied, fruit driven rosé that will stand up to BBQ or a cheese and charcuterie platter!
“The first time I had an elegant dry rosé wine was on a simple but romantic picnic with my husband Simon in Provence 35 years ago. Local cheese, bread, fruit, the fabulous, dramatic scenery and that Provençal wine with its delicate salmon pink color, crisp acidity and floral aromas forever linked in my mind rosé wines with romance. In 2004, I harvested Olivet Grange Pinot Noir on September 1st, which was our 20th wedding anniversary. To celebrate and mark the occasion I made a special rosé, which I called “Endless Crush”. I am very excited to share the three single vineyard versions this year. “ – Kathleen Inman, Winemaker and Owner
Some rosés are made as a by-product of red wine by bleeding off (saigner) some of the juice early in the production process to create a higher ratio of skin to juice, which will concentrate the resultant red wine. Endless Crush® is not made in this manner. The intention from the start was to create a rosé separate from our Pinot Noir. Rosés made intentionally, rather than simply by drawing off the freerun juice, tend to have greater complexity and structure because the entire cluster is destemmed and then the grapes are pressed within a few hours of destemming.
This 2018 vintage of Endless Crush® Pratt Sexton Road Ranch is made entirely from Jim Pratt's Sonoma County Sustainable, vineyard at the top of Sexton Road in the Sebastopol Hill Neighborhood; like that first rosé I enjoyed in France, this wine is a beautiful, rich pink with a hint of salmon and is juicy, crisp and refreshing.
Here’s how she explains it: “It’s my belief that the riper grapes get, the longer they stay on the vine, the more the unique varietal [and vineyard-specific] flavors are muddied. Pinots that are left to reach high brix before picking all take on stewed fruit, prune, or raisin flavors that aren’t easily differentiated from Syrah or Grenache that have also been left to hang. In contrast, if you pick when the grapes first become ripe, like I do for rosé, the unique flavors really stand out.”
So in 2018, besides the rosé from her estate vineyard, Inman made a rosé from two other vineyards she sources Pinot from in the region. The trio—a first, as far as we know—make a terrific study in terroir through rosé. “The contrast among the three vineyards I work with is very noticeable in the red wines,” she says, “but as rosé, they’re worlds apart.”
The three bottles of Inman’s Endless Crush would elevate a summer gathering of serious wine friends to all new levels of rosé consciousness. And we’ve added a few more of our new favorites—all offering the nuance of variety and place that make them serious wines.
Inman Family 2018 Pratt Sexton Road Endless Crush Rosé of Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
This one is about fruit. Fuller-bodied and darker pink, it offers up jasmine, forest, and spice on the nose, with loads of raspberry and strawberry following on an impressively structured palate, and a sassy kick of citrus trailing on the finish ($38).
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