2019 Rose of Pinot Noir
Trione 2019 Russian River Valley Rose of Pinot Noir
River Road Ranch
The 2019 vintage is best described as remarkable. The growing season was nearly ideal. Sonoma County experienced a few late rains in the month of May followed by a series of warm days that provided full flavor development and fruit maturity in all varieties. The crop load was right where we wanted it and the mild fall weather patterns ripened the fruit to perfection. Almost all of the grapes were off the vine when the Kincade fires hit in the northern Alexander Valley. Wildfires continue to plague the wine country but as they say… that is another story.
Early morning, whole cluster, hand harvesting was implemented in the making of the Rose’. 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 were 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.
The 2019 Trione Rose ‘of Pinot Noir is at first glance a beautiful kiss of Spring. It’s light, refreshing and aromatic with the perfume of wildflowers, honeysuckle, and rose petals. This Rose’ will pair with many dishes from a carefree picnic basket to a main course of Alaskan halibut or king salmon.