Van Duzer Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Rose 2018
2018 PINOT NOIR ROSÉ
An unusually early budbreak led into a normal, mild spring. As the growing season progressed, we saw consistent warm temperatures without the drastic heat spikes seen in previous vintages. Clusters ripened fully with smaller berries, influencing richness and concentration while retaining distinctive acidity.
Plush aromatics of fresh raspberries, early season strawberries, gooseberry and pomegranate intertwines with fragrances of rhubarb, kiwi and cantaloupe. Subtle, floral notes of rose petal finish the bouquet to mark its intricacy.
The rich midpalate transitions to textured acidity receding towards a finish showcasing an enlightened sense of minerality that playfully contrasts sweet, small, red-berry driven flavors.
Our rose enlists the help of Wadneswill clone meticulously selected from one of the Westside Blocks to showcase fruit and spicy notes while Dijon 115 provides tannic structure. After overnight skin contact extracts color, structure and textural intracy, the berries are gently pressed. The bright pink juice then begins fermentation with the aid of two different yeasts to highlight floral and fruity aromas and enhance mouthfeel. After a slow, cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the crisp, refreshing wine was aged on lees to add a subtle layer of creaminess on the mid-palate.