5 months in stainless steel
Food Pairing Notes
The 2016 Rosé is a refreshing wine to enjoy on a warm festive evening with
spring and summer salads, spicy Asian fare, grilled chicken and fish tacos.
The 2016 Rosé seduces the nose with lively scents of pear, green apple, citrus zest
and jasmine. A clean, quenching texture is counterbalanced with rounded flavors
of dried cherry, strawberry, kiwi and peach. Hints of pink grapefruit linger on a
crisp, tangy finish.
The Pinot Noir vines in Block 34 occupy one of the coolest spots in the entire
Paso Robles region. Here, a notch in the coastal peaks invites an ingress of
brisk marine air from the nearby Pacific Ocean, fostering conditions that are
favorable to Pinot Noir. Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost
vineyard in the Paso Robles region, nestled into the rugged Santa Lucia
Mountain range just 14 miles from the ocean in the new Santa Margarita Ranch
AVA. The natural marine cooling results in an extended growing season that
yields fruit with uncommon depth and structure. The peaks are also testaments
to the tectonic forces that created Margarita Vineyard’s rare diversity of soils,
ultimately fostering natural complexity in our wines.
The Pinot Noir grapes were picked at the earlier stage of ripeness on August 29 to
establish bright vibrancy in the wine. The fruit was whole-cluster pressed to capture
purity of flavor, then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve its delicate
aromatics and crisp texture. After fermenting to full dryness, the wine was coldaged
in stainless steel for five months prior to bottling.