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 487 cases of the 2013 Edition Rosé.
2013 made huge demands on Willamette Valley winemakers by completely rewriting the harvest script just as picking had begun. The original forecast resembled 2003, an extremely warm vintage with a narrow picking window. By mid-September 2013, a flash rain storm had blown through, shifting the emphasis back to the kind of extreme, cool climate weather that forged Oregon's reputation. As in recent cool years like 2007, 2010 and 2011, patience and a strict selection are the path to excellence.
The 2013 Edition Rosé is full of snap and vigor, a fresh wine with excellent fruit and acidity. Made entirely from estate grown pinot noir, the 2013 Rosé has aromatics of freshly cut fruits such as strawberry, apricot and various citruses. The flavors remain bright on the palate, leading to a classic, vibrant finish.