2011 Envolve Sonoma Mountain Rosé
|Bottle Date||January 18th|
This rosé is biodynamically farmed in Dragonsleaf Vineyard on Sonoma Mountain. There are 50 acres, planted predominantly to Rhone varietals (Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault). The warm days and cool nights, provide excellent biodynamic growing conditions, as the fruit can still reach full ripeness, and the cool nights provide a welcomed breather for the vines.
This rosé is 92% Syrah, 8% Grenache. The 2011 vintage in Sonoma Mountain and Bennett Valley AVAs was a challenging one. We never received our usual August heat spell, and it prevented a lot of the fruit in these AVAs to struggle reaching optimal ripeness. We were quite lucky, however, and picked around 21.5 brix to lock in the acidity and still have enough sweetness to add the necessary phenolic complexity. We whole cluster pressed Syrah and Grenache in our balloon press, then allowed the native vineyard yeasts to inoculate the fruit.
Blessed with an effervescent nose, this rosé aromatically pops out of the glass. Bright, red fruit such as raspberry, cherry and strawberry captivate the palate upon entry. On the palate, this rosé is a bit meatier with nice balanced structure, a short sweetness, and beautiful acidity of this wine lengthens into the finish. Ideal for a warm day, this wine pairs with flavorful salads, a variety of tapas and fish.
BEST OF CLASS - 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
92 PTS - Wilfred Wong, Cellar Master
88 PTS - Wine Spectator