2019 Rose of Pinot Noir
Trione 2019 Russian River Valley Rose of Pinot Noir
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.