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Alexander Valley Vineyards

2009 dry Rosé of Sangiovese

Description

While rosÚ can be produced from any red grape, we think Sangiovese provides all the elements to make a world-class rosÚ, particularly depth of fruit and great acidity. We sourced the fruit for the 2009 from a single vineyard that was farmed with the intent of making a rosÚ from the grapes.

The fruit was picked at 22.6 Brix, allowing us to make a lower alchohol rosÚ. Harvest began before dawn so that the grapes would be cold when they arrived at the winery. The fruit was then cold-soaked for 6 hours and the juice bled off when it had attained the dusty salmon color we were seeking.

This new release is a worthy successor to the 2008, which critic Robert Parker called the best domestic rosÚ he tasted last year. This perfect spring and summer sipper exhibits notes of strawberry and peach along with a nice minerality. The finish is not only dry, but surprisingly lengthy.

Wine Data

Appellation Alexander Valley
Grape Varietal Sangiovese