2016 Pinot Noir Rosé
The Pinot Noir grapes for our Rosé were sourced from our estate vineyard in the cool climate zone of Monterey County, a part of California’s renowned Central Coast. The brisk conditions of this area are known for producing wines of intense varietal character and well-balanced acidity.
On the heels of a picture-perfect 2015 growing season, the 2016 vintage was another beaut. Spring came early and lasted long, with temperate conditions and ideal temperatures. Cool nights and overcast mornings followed by breezy warm afternoons made the summer months ideal for even ripening and good flavor development. At the winery, the fruit was destemmed, crushed, and fermented with select yeast at cool temperatures in stainless steel to retain the fruit esters. After fermentation, the Pinot Noir Rosé was aged in stainless steel for 6 months. In comprising the final blend, we added a small amount of Petite Sirah to provide extra depth and dimension.
Our 2016 Ryder Estate Pinot Noir Rosé is a medium-bodied wine with bright cherry aromas. The lively fruit flavors are framed by a crisp, balanced acidity that unfold into a smooth, elegant finish. It is a refreshing wine that is delightful as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to a wide variety of foods.