The arrival of Spring brings with it much excitement. In the vineyards we begin another growing season, and at the winery we celebrate the success of the last vintage with our release of a new Rosé. Made entirely from our Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir, the Edition Rosé is a favorite spring and summer wine for all of us at the winery, and for many of our best customers.
Each year we hand pick our Estate Pinot Noir in the early morning hours. These clusters are hand-sorted, destemmed and moved via gravity into tank. After 6 to 12 hours, the ideal color is reached and we saignée some of the juice from our favorite tanks. Fermentation starts naturally with wild yeast and the wine is kept at a cooler temperature, allowing the aromatics and fruit flavors to develop. After five months, we bottled 287 cases of the 2012 Edition Rosé.
2012 was an exciting growing season and we're thrilled with how delicious the wines already are. The signature for the year was the extended dry period leading up to harvest and the overall warmth of the season. In contrast to the cooler 2010 and 2011 vintages, 2012 delivered gorgeous, ripe fruit, with wonderfully intense flavors.
Bright and lively, this year's edition surprised us with an even fresher feeling than previous vintages. Aromas of strawberry and apricot blend with hints of spice, leading into bright citrus flavors and a vibrant finish. Nothing will help us welcome the arrival of warmer days than the 2012 Edition Rosé. Santé!