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2017 Martin Ray Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma County

90 Pts | James Suckling

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The Vineyards

Our Martin Ray Rosé of Pinot Noir comes from a small percentage of nearly all of our premium Russian River, Green Valley, and Carneros vineyards. Because each vineyard is picked at its ideal ripeness to maximize the flavors of our Pinot Noir, the subsequent Rosé also takes on the complex bouquet and palate of fully ripe Pinot Noir. 

Vintage Notes

After several years of drought, California and its growers were delighted to receive record setting rain and a return to normalcy during the winter season. Cooler temperatures offered the vines a longer winter slumber, pushing back budbreak to mid-March, with spring temperatures carrying into May. Heat spikes in early summer led to veraison beginning early July. Hotter than average days brought ripening, but diurnal shifts overnight gave the fruit much needed time to recover. Harvest came abruptly mid-August with lower than average yields, but complex fruit with expressive aromatics. October 2017 will forever be remembered historically, as Northern California was swept with severe fires. While there was devastation throughout Napa and Sonoma, we were fortunate enough to havour crops in and did not suffer loss with our most prized vineyards. Overall, with the highs and the lows, we anticipate great results in quality from this memorable vintage.

Winemaking Notes

Our Rosé is produced by saignée method, in which we pick ripe, flavorful fruit, crush it to a stainless steel tank, and allow 6-8 hours of contact with the skins to achieve optimal color and flavor extraction. We drain the juice to several tanks inoculating some with a specialized Rhone yeast, and others with yeasts to enhance the natural color and fruit character throughout fermentation.

Tasting Notes

This quaffable wine leads with delicious notes of sun-ripened nectarine, golden raspberry, and honeycomb, while being complemented by a more subtle strawberry, cantaloupe and aromatic orange zest. The body is clean and refreshing with balanced, crisp acidity and a fresh fruit finish.

Food & Wine Pairing

Pairs well with spicy pulled pork with mango chutney or fresh salmon poke.