Rutherford Hill Rosé of Merlot
This is the fifth release of this Provence style Rose. The Merlot fruit was picked from our Pope Valley vineyard in the morning and delivered to the winery while still cool. We loaded it into the press and gently pressed the grapes so the juice ran with a very pale pink color. The skin contact with the juice was short so we were able to retain hints of red berries and white floral notes. We fermented the wine in a small stainless steel tank and chilled it while fermenting to keep the nice juice aromas in the finished wine. Our goal was to create a lively rose wine with gentle fruit aromas and crisp acidity.
AROMA: Aromas watermelon rind, stone fruit with floral notes
FLAVORS: Delicate with crisp, refreshing acidity and flavors of pink grapefruit, Asian pear and strawberry.