California producer Sonoma-Cutrer has announced their 2022 Rosé of Pinot Noir.
Like all other releases in its portfolio of sustainable-certified wines, the new rosé reflects Burgundian traditions, Californian techniques and Russian River Valley’s terroir, the company says.
“Our vineyards provided a beautiful variety of elegant and balanced fruit, which presented wonderful flavors and perfect acidity,” says Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Winemaker Zidanelia Arcidiacono. “This new vintage is a beautiful example of why Russian River Valley Pinot Noir makes a fantastic rosé.”
Grapes were harvested in August from Sonoma-Cutrer’s Vine Hill and Owsley Vineyards. Clusters were destemmed and pressed, leaving the juice in contact with the skins for a short period of time to achieve the pale pink color. Immediately afterward, grapes were pressed to obtain the juice.
Each batch of rosé was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures. After fermentation, the rosé batches were blended together and prepared for bottling in early December.
“Though the first three months of the year were some of the driest on record, Sonoma County had perfect spring and summer seasons and a beautiful August,” says Director of Winemaking Mick Schroeter. “The fruit gave us just perfect flavors and acidity for this Rosé of Pinot Noir vintage.”
At 11.9% ABV, this vintage opens up to aromas of tangerine, wild strawberry, raspberry, a light touch of watermelon and perfumed rose petals, the company reports. On the palate are fresh fruit flavors of red berry fruit and tropical notes that lead into a juicy, tangy finish.
Sonoma-Cutrer 2022 Rosé of Pinot Noir is available nationwide and online for a suggested retail price of $19.99 per 750-ml. bottle.