2020 Rose of Pinot Noir
The 2020 vintage can be best described by the film “Back to the Future”, it was 2019 all over again. The season began perfectly. The larger than average crops of 2018 and 2019 would logically mean that 2020 would be a relatively lighter crop, which it was. There was little thinning to do in 2020. There were challenges presented by Mother Nature, which we dealt with by harvesting early and managing skin contact more diligently. It was a year of anticipation and thankfulness in every aspect. It was a reminder that agriculture is a complicated endeavor which should be respected at all times.
Early morning, whole cluster, and 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 were made including a Burgundian yeast selection called RC212. The juice was then placed into neutral French oak barrels where 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 2020 Trione Rosé of Pinot Noir is at first glance a beautiful kiss of Framboise. It is light, refreshing and aromatic with the perfume of wildflowers, honeysuckle, and rose petals. This Rosé will pair with many dishes from a carefree picnic basket to main course Alaskan halibut or King salmon. Cheers!