2012 Pinot Noir Rosé Willamette Valley
A dry pinot noir Rosé with tons of fruit. Fresh rosewater and strawberry on the nose, with ripe red cherry and blackcurrent on the palate. Clean minerality with a slight grip on the finish.
Small berries in 2012 created more intense flavors and a more brilliant sunset color compared with our 2011 Rosé.
Vintage 2012 will go down as one of the finest in Oregon history in terms of quality of the raw materials. Mother Nature really smiled on us with not only a rain-free harvest season but perhaps more importantly with tiny berries and clusters. The small fruit size allowed us to effortlessly and gently extract the concentrated fruit and ripe tannins of the perfectly ripe grapes. Those beautifully small clusters and berries were lighter than normal, so yields were down and these wines will likely sell out at a brisker than usual pace.
According to owner/winemaker Adam Campbell “The wines from 2012 remind me and my folks of classic vintages like 1998 and 1994. Small clusters and berries give us an amazing skin-to-juice ratio, allowing us to be incredibly gentle through fermentation and still come up with powerful concentration and ripeness of fruit. It’s also great that 2012 wasn’t a super hot vintage, so we were able to produce very ripe but varietally correct wines with freshness of fruit and lower alcohols, most in the 13% range”.
Early reviews of the 2012 vintage use descriptors like “Stunning”, “Amazing” & “Epic” making Oregon winemakers giddy that 2012 could go down as the best vintage in our 50 year winemaking history.
The fruit for this all Pinot Noir Rosé is hand-harvested from Elk Cove’s estate vineyards. For the Rosé, we choose both young and old vines from higher elevation vineyards on their own rootstock. These give us the full flavor development and aromatics needed for a fresh white wine, 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.
Viticultural & Enological Data
- Vine Age 25-38 years
- Yield 2.11 tons/acre
- Harvest Sugars 23 Brix
- pH 3.1
- Vatting Gently whole-cluster pressed, cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks. Select lots of pinot noir juice added back for color.
- Cases Produced 2,500