2016 Clos Pegase Estate Rose, Napa Valley, 750ml

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Why You'll Love It

Our 2016 Rosé delivers an elegant bouquet of rose petals and perfumed red cherries with faint wisps of exotic Turkish Delight. In the glass, exhilarating and intense flavors of red raspberries, strawberries, and a hint of wild vanilla pods, splash onto the palate. The bright and vibrant acidity with just a touch of tannin provides a long lasting finish. The wine is built for pure refreshment and enjoyment - perfect for a summer al fresco, or as a refreshing aperitif. Serve chilled.

Harvest Notes

A near perfect growing season in 2016 ensured that our harvest was of extremely high quality. Benefiting from early budbreak and plenty of spring rain, we saw early growth of the young canopy. As the temperatures started to rise the rain events became less frequent, the vines flowered and we moved into bloom with optimum conditions, helping promote a successful and abundant fruit set. The drought conditions of the previous years were starting to recede as we maintained a full soil moisture profile for much of the early growing season in all our vine- yards. As we moved into veraison - the period where the small green berries start to develop color, gain sugar and loose their acidity - we began to see the true potential that 2016 was offering. It was fortunate that the rains held off until mid-October, as we were able to harvest our vineyards at precisely the right time, optimizing fruit flavor intensity whilst retaining the natural bright balanced acidity of the grape.

Winemaker Notes

Our 2016 Rosé is comprised of lots made in two distinct styles. For the traditional saigneé (bleed) style, we removed a small percentage of freshly liberated juice after crushing red fruit. This technique both concentrates the flavor and structure of our red wines and allows us to make a lovely dry Rosé, keeping the more delicate aromatics and fruit flavors of each variety without the tannins. We also produced true Rosé by destemming and crushing lower maturity red grapes followed by careful pressing of the lightly colored grape juice prior to fermentation. Blending of these lots yielded a complex yet elegant wine, with plenty of bright red and ethereal substance, which was bottled after fermenting and aging sur lies for four months in stainless steel tanks.