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Estate-grown, Sustainably-farmed

2005 Rosato Alegría Vineyards

Best Rosé, Wine Appreciation Guild - 2006 Wine Literary Awards Press Tasting

Tasting Notes

The beautiful light crimson color and soft aromas of freshly sliced strawberries and pear invite you to sip this delicious rosé. This perfectly balanced wine has crisp yet delicate flavors of Queen Anne cherries, watermelon, guava, and strawberry.

Winemaker Notes

To have a fun, flavorful wine to enjoy chilled on hot summer days, we decided to make a rosato (Italian for rosé). Our Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc have such wonderful fruit aromas and flavor, we decided to use a blend of the two. After crushing the grapes, and before the juice picked up much color from the red skins, we drained some off some to ferment in barrels. When barrel fermentation was completed, we added a small amount of a Syrah-Muscat field blend to nicely accentuate the strawberry and pear aromas and flavors in the wine.

Along with barrel fermentation, the wine spent five months in a combination of French, American, and Hungarian oak to add a layer of complexity to the wine. The result is this unique and delicious Alegría rosato that showcases both the skills of our consulting winemaker, Alison Green Doran, and the versatility of our wonderful grapes.

Harvest Dates:

Sept. 17 & Oct. 18, 2005

Brix at Harvest:

24° (average)

Barrel Program:

Aged for 5 months in 47% French, 33% American, and 20% Hungarian oak barrels

Bottled:

March 27, 2006

Case Production:

198

Release Date:

Spring 2006

AppellationRussian River Valley
Varietal67% Sangiovese, 31% Cabernet Franc, 1% Syrah, 1% Muscats
PairingClassically refreshing, this sophisticated wine is an excellent match for a casual al fresco meal or to sip while relaxing with a good book.
Alcohol13.00%
Bottle750ml
ph Level3.80
TA0.51g/100ml