2023 was our 3rd warmest growing season on record after the 2015 and 2014 vintages. We had the warmest and driest August on record and if it was not for the rain in early September our harvest would have started before Labor Day Weekend. Three cheers for the rain! One of the interesting things about 2023 was the arrival of our first hail storm right after bloom. We have never seen a damaging hail storm in our vineyard since we started in 1971, so seeing it happen and the resulting damage was at first a little scary. While it looked like our yields might have been higher, the hail storm helped reduce the crop to a more desirable amount. The resulting fruit was excellent, with the heat in August producing lower acid in the grapes and nice full flavors.
The grapes were harvested from the south and middle sections of Concert Block on our Estate on September 8th and were immediately destemmed. The fruit was sent directly to the press and gently pressed to minimize extraction of tannins from the skins. The wine saw only 4 hours of skin contact for color. We maintained an extended, slow, cool fermentation of around 2 weeks in strictly stainless steel tanks to preserve the lively fruitiness and delicate floral aromas. The wine did not spend anytime aging as our intention is to create a clean, brightly fruited and delicate Rosé. By fermenting and bottling in a short time, we were able to capture the purity of fruit presented at the time of fermentation. Our 2023 Rosé is a delicate wine that balances red fruit and bright acid with a clean long finish.
Our 2023 Rosé of Pinot Noir shines with notes of nectarine, honey crisp apple, honeydew melon and floral hints on the nose. On the palate, mouth-watering acidity is accompanied by candied strawberry, cantaloupe, and a touch of vanilla.
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2022 - (93 & Editor's Choice) Wine Enthusiast, (90) James Suckling
We only use Pinot Noir grapes to produce this classic, dry Rosé. We harvest our Pinot Noir from our Concert Block, the large, central block at the front of our Estate that was once the site of the famous Sokol Blosser concerts in the 1990's. The majority of the Concert Block section Missoula flood soil, a sedimentary soil which lends itself to producing Pinot Noir that is lighter and delicate, perfection for a Rosé. Harvested and crafted with intention, we make this wine to capture Oregon summer sunshine in a bottle.
750ml | Alc 12% by Vol.
Ingredients: 100% Estate Pinot Noir grapes, yeast, SO2
Serving Facts: Serving size: 5fl oz (148ml); Servings per container: 5; Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117; Carbohydrates: 3.5g; Fat: 0g; Protein: 0g