Winery notes: 2020 Rose of Pinot Noir began with fruit hand-harvested during the coolness of the night, from Rosé vineyards at an average of 21 Brix. We immediately whole cluster press this cold fruit, separating the juice & skins in a classic Vin Gris style resulting in a pale, salmon color.
We ferment our Rose juice in a combination of neutral French Oak barrels and stainless steel, culminating in a bone-dry wine backed with racy acidity and 12.4% alcohol. This wine was produced using fruit grown in the Green Valley AVA and Sebastopol Hills – 54% and 46%, respectively. The Hervey Vineyard in Green Valley is a small, family-owned & operated site that has been the heartbeat of our Rose for many vintages. The Ramondo Vineyard to the South lies within Sebastopol Hills and provides us the opportunity to produce distinct wines from multiple clonal selections that we farm specifically for our Rosé.
As with each of our wines, we feel that our Rosé is truly made in the vineyard. We take a great deal of pride in the fact that each vintage we produce here is comprised of natural acid & minimal intervention, resulting in a wine that is a true reflection of our vineyards, the vintage, and our style.
When growers started planting Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley, everyone said it was crazy and now winegrowers are pushing the limits on the far West of the Sonoma Coast and achieving spectacular results at elevations and locations that were thought maniacal. Through new eyes, a desirable low fertility soil managed impeccably with sustainable, organic, and biodynamic style farming practices are producing world-class grapes which makes finding incredible Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from this region a wonderful adventure. Red Car started in a Beverly Hills garage by two Hollywood types. The company soon caught the cool weather coastal bug and decamped for Sonoma County, where they have become one of the defining producers of the cool coastal Pinot Noir movement.