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2012 Rosato Alegría Vineyards

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Tasting Notes

An alluring pale cherry hue and enticing aromas of strawberry, watermelon, and floral notes present a delightfully appealing entry. The refreshing, dry palate offers bright Queen Anne cherry and melon flavors, while the vibrant acidity and a creamy texture enhance and retain the flavors into a lengthy finish.

Winemaker Notes

Like our Medley, our Rosato changes from year to year, highlighting different varieties we grow in our Alegría Vineyards. The 2012 Rosato is made from seven different varieties, picked over four different days. Co-fermenting multiple varieties makes the wine flavorful and complex.

First, we picked two pink-skinned grapes, Einset and Suffolk. Although extended skin contact is not the norm when making rosé, we fermented these two together on their skins, as we would in making a red wine. The extra skin contact added weight and structure to the final Rosato blend.

Next we picked and crushed a mix of Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Franc. On two other days, we picked and crushed Zinfandel with Petite Sirah. With each of these three lots, we drained the juice off the skins within 24 hours of crushing and lightly pressed the remaining must.

The juice without skins was then fermented to dryness with native and cultured yeast in stainless steel drums. After fermentation was complete, we blended the lots and racked the wine to neutral oak barrels to age three months before bottling.

Harvest Dates:

Sept. 20, Oct. 3,4, & 9, 2012

Brix at Harvest:

22° (average)

Barrel Program:

Aged for 3 months in 88% French and 12% American oak barrels

Bottled:

February 6, 2013

Case Production:

233

Release Date:

May 2013

AppellationRussian River Valley
Varietal 40% Zinfandel, 33% Syrah, 11% Sangiovese, 8% Petite Sirah, 6% Einset, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Suffolk
Pairing Although our Rosato is like springtime in a glass, it pairs well with all seasons. From summertime prosciutto and melon, to grilled salmon, to Thanksgiving turkey or onion tart, Rosato is a wonderful accompaniment to your meals year round.
Alcohol13.00%
Bottle750ml
ph Level3.45
TA 7.67 g/L