2018 Endless Crush® Rosé Pratt Vine Hill
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 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 Vine Hill is made entirely from Jim Pratt's Sonoma County Certified 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.
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 Vine Hill Endless Crush Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
The profound paleness of this wine belies its intensity of tart flavors. A savory herbal quality mixes with spice and haunting hibiscus on the nose, with under-ripe stone fruit and cherry carrying through a long, bright finish ($38).
By Jabet Balicki
April 16, 2019
Inman Family Winery: 2018 Pratt Vine Hill Endless Crush® Rosé, Russian River Valley, 93 points
Kathleen Inman produces three still rosés: this one offers watermellon and cherry aromas, and a flavorful yet elegant palate of crisp berry, cherry, red melon, and white peach flavors. There is a minerally edge to this mouthwaterining and classy wine.
July/ August 2019
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July 3, 2019
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Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Stofflet: Endless Crush Rosé shows where the love comes from Aspen Daily News
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