2017 Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir – River Road Ranch
2017 will be remembered as the year of the fires in Sonoma County, it will also be remembered as an excellent vintage for most winegrowers. A wet winter and Spring rains meant that the vines had plenty of reserves to work with during bud break and the flowering seasons. The Summer months were warm and mild, near perfect growing conditions. Things warmed up in September that hastened the harvest season. All in all, yields were average to slightly below average with quality across all varieties at near perfection. At Trione we were done harvesting by October 6th, slightly earlier than normal and just before the October fires.
Early morning, whole cluster, hand harvesting was implemented in the making of the Rosé. The grapes were destemmed and placed into an 80 hectoliter tank press to rest for 12 hours under a blanket of dry ice. After 12 hours the free run juice was drained to a tank, no pressing was done. The wine was cold settled for two days then racked off the sediment to another tank. The juice was analyzed and additions made including a Burgundian yeast selection called RC212. The juice was then placed into neutral French oak barrels and the fermentation began. Fermentation lasted about 3 weeks after which the barrels were topped and SO2 added. The barrels then remained in the cellar, aging for 4 months. 290 cases were produced.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
The 2017 Rosé is the perfect Spring wine; vibrant, fresh, aromatic with hints of verbena blossom, sandalwood and Asian spices. Salmon in color, the body is smooth with a crisp finish which will pair perfectly with many picnic dishes from fresh oysters to smoked salmon. Cheers!