Our 2022 Pinot Noir Rosé was awarded a Gold Medal by Sunset Magazine.
– Sunset Magazine (Spring 2023)
If you could put strawberry blossoms into a bouquet you’d have a sense of how this pink bursts from the glass, bright, generous and expressive. Its flavors are round and juicy, exuberant with berry fruit that’s as red as its assertive color. Delightful with chilled prawns.
– Wine & Spirits Magazine (April, 2023)
In VINTAGE 2022 Mother Nature kept us on our toes with unusual weather at each end of the growing season. A wet, cold spring led into a long, temperate summer followed by a very sunny fall that brought us much-needed ripening.
What a surprise to have snowfall on April 11th, our region’s latest significant snow since 1942! Most of our vines had not yet leafed out and their tight woolly buds were well-protected. However, frost damage did mean a smaller crop at our Clay Court Vineyard. Other vineyard sites set a healthy crop, which we thinned heavily to increase intensity and encourage ripening. August and September were unseasonably warm, but the nights remained cool, helping us retain varietal character. Worries of late-season botrytis (rot) meant extra passes of hand-work in the vineyard pulling leaves to improve sunlight penetration and airflow. Thankfully, October welcomed a long string of sunny days and just exactly the hang-time and ripening we needed to bring grape sugar (brix) to ideal levels.
Harvest began in late September, with most fruit harvested during two very intense mid-October weeks. Many of our blocks achieved peak ripeness at the same time, so we are very thankful for our incredible crew for all of the early morning picking sessions in the vineyard and long days in the cellar. Expect complex, fruit-forward wines from this vintage.
The fruit for this all Pinot Noir Rosé is hand-harvested from our estate vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley. For the Rosé, we choose both young and old vines from higher elevation vineyards on their own rootstock. These give us full aromatic and flavor development as well as great freshness of fruit within a framework of lower alcohol.
Pinot Noir fruit for our Rosé is hand-harvested very ripe and gently whole bunch pressed with limited skin crushing, which makes virtually a “white Pinot Noir”. The wine is fermented cool in stainless steel tanks. Then carefully selected lots of fermented red Pinot Noir juice is blended back for color and texture. Our Pinot Noir Rosé is finished completely dry.
An absolute beautiful wine, we adore.
This has been my favorite Rose’ for years! I visited Elk Cove last summer which after being there and seeing the vineyards makes the wine even more amazing! Thank you for this great wine!
Got this bottle as a house warming gift and we are hooked! So smooth, so flavorful, perfect with dinner. Love!
This wine is the best! Received it as a birthday gift and was surprised by it!
This wine is so delicious! Received it as a birthday gift and was surprised by it!
Amazing wine! I will buy this again!
Have enjoyed this wine in past, and going back to New Hampshire for the summer means I need to order anew to avoid disappointment of missing having it available for summer enjoyment. It is a superb sipping wine on warm summer nights!
Really love your wines. I don’t drink very much red wine anymore, but I think your Pinot noir is terrific and always have it for guests. Also love the Pinot Blanc, the Pinot Gris, and the Rose’. I drink wine mostly for fun, at my advanced age of 82, and I find all the previously mentioned wines To be totally sound and beautifully made. Thank you.
I sure wish I would have purchased more of this very special Rosé. Looking forward to next year!
The rosé is special in the fact that it is crisp and dry and perfect for a warm day. Whenever I serve, my friends all ask about the wine and comment how much they enjoy! Cheers!
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