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2018 Endless Crush® Rosé Pratt Vine Hill

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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 Vine Hill is a delicate, mineral driven rosé that makes one crave a salad Niçoise in the sunshine!

The first time I had an elegant dry rosé wine was on a simple but romantic picnic with my husband Simon in Provence 25 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 and al fresco dining with romance. In 2004, Simon and 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”. 

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 Vine Hillis made entirely from Jim Pratt's Sonoma County Sustainable, vineyard at the corenr of Vine Hill and Vine Hill School Roads in the Laguna Ridge Neighborhood of the Russian River Valley; like that first rosé I enjoyed in France, this wine is a beautiful, pale, delicate pink and is crisp and refreshing. 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Pratt Vine Hill Vineyard
Harvest Date
August 2018
Acid
0.8
pH
3.2
Bottling Date
January 22, 2019
Residual Sugar
0.1
Alcohol %
13.9
Wine Enthusiast
94
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine is pale pink, with aromas of wild strawberry, watermelon, honeysuckle, guava, and ruby grapefruit zest. On the palate, there is strawberry, mineral, blood orange, and watermelon rind.
Winemaker Notes
The fruit was harvested by hand at night, and was destemmed and left to cold soak in half-ton macro bins for a few hours. The fruit was then moved to a Wilmes press and pressed on a delicate white wine cycle. The juice was moved to tank for cold settling, racked and then inoculated for primary fermentation using a Provençal yeast strain. It aged in small stainless steel at ambient temperatures on the lees until it was prepared for bottling. After cross-flow filtration, the wine was bottled under Stelvin closure.
Production
271 Cases
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