2018 Etude Rose of Pinot Noir

Year: 2018
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 88
Connoisseurs' Guide: 87
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Rose Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.2%
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"Fresh and pretty, with floral watermelon notes. Drink now. 10,800 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"Both in the nose and on the palate, Etude's Rosé from Santa Barbara County evinces a good bit of fruity volume and substance, yet, while a comparatively weighty wine as Rosés go and one that is solidly structured and hints at a bit of red wine density, it neatly avoids so much as a whit of tannic austerity. As it is richer, so too will it handle richer foods and will serve as a tasty foil to savory roast duck and pork recipes. Reviewed: July 2019" (CG)

"A beautiful shade of pink, this Pinot Noir rosé starts with fresh aromas of strawberry sorbet, watermelon juice and lemon rind. There is compelling tension to the palate, where rounded melon and berry flavors are cut by lime pith." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Grapes for this 100% Rosé of Pinot Noir came from our Estate Vineyard, where we have identified specific blocks that are best suited to make this fragrant, food-friendly wine.

The Etude Rosé of Pinot Noir is sourced exclusively from our Estate vineyard in Carneros. We tend the grapes for our Rosé to the same exacting standards employed in our meticulously farmed plots for red wines. We grow and ultimately pick focusing on intensity of flavor, strong varietal delineation and ideal natural balance. The wine is minimally processed-whole berry pressed then drained to previously used barrels to ferment to dryness. After approximately 4 months of aging, the wine has excellent clarity and is ready for bottling, with a slight addition of red wine to fine-tune the color.

Tasting Notes:
This salmon pink Rosé of Pinot Noir offers vibrant aromas of fresh frambois strawberries, red cherries and sweet blood oranges. Flavors of strawberry rhubarb and cherry persist on the palate and combine with a pleasing note of minerality. The perfectly-balanced acidity makes this wine a wonderful complement to many foods and al fresco dining.