2018 DRY ROSÉ  OF SANGIOVESE
Wine Data

Appellation: Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal: Sangiovese 100%

Harvest: September 12 - 27, 2018

Alcohol: 13%

pH: 3.42

TA: 6.1 g/L

Residual Sugar: .74 g/L

Closure: Stelvin

Size: 750ml

2018 DRY ROSÉ OF SANGIOVESE

Retail Price: $16.00

Sonoma's Finest Rosé!

Known for its vibrant color, enticing nose and bright fruit flavors, AVV dry Rosé of Sangiovese is a hit year round.  Over 1000 wines were recently entered in the Sonoma Harvest Fair, at the end of the day our 2018 AVV Dry Rosé of Sangiovese was named Best in Class!  Winemaker Kevin Hall's thirteenth vintage may well be the best yet.  

The 2018 growing season began a bit cooler than the past few vintages, but we had a near perfect fruit set.  Summer temperatures were moderate with relatively few heat spikes. The cooler temperatures and mild weather led to a longer hang time, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly.  At harvest the fruit had excellent flavors and balanced natural acidity.  

After de-stemming, the fruit was cold soaked for an average of four hours to achieve the light pink color.  We drained off the juice, dug out the skins, and then gently pressed the grapes.  The juice went back into the tank and settled for 2 days at 40º before it was racked and inoculated with a French isolate yeast.  To preserve the bright aromatics and fruit flavors the juice was fermented slowly at a chilly 50º.  The wine was bottled in late February 2019. 

Our Rosé is recognized by critics and wine lovers as one of the country’s best, with a bright hue and brilliant pink color that alludes to the rich style.  Aromas of guava, strawberry, watermelon, raspberry and mint explode out of the glass, while the flavors of watermelon, strawberry, peach, berry along with a nice minerality keep you coming back for another sip. The 2018 is a drier style with very bright acidity and a long lasting finish.   

This is pure California sunshine in a glass and like the twelve prior vintages, it will sell out quickly. 

ACCOLADES:

2018:  Double Gold Medal & Best of Class - Sonoma County Harvest Fair
2018:  95 points & Gold Medal - California State Fair
2018:  93 points & Gold Medal  - Rose’ Experience Wine Competition 2019
2018:  91 points & Gold Medal - Sunset International Wine Competition
2018:  90 points & Gold Medal - Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition