2013 Marin County Brut Rosé (1 x 750 ml)

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Marin County is bordered on three sides with water, the Pacific Ocean to the west, San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay to the east, and the Golden Gate to the south. Marins coastal influence results in winters that are warmer than neighboring North Coast winegrowing regions, promoting an early bud break. During the summer, this marine influence keeps temperatures moderately cool during the hottest part of the day, affording a slower ripening of the fruit and longer development on the vine. Because of this long growing season, Marin County wines are balanced with superb natural acidity and bright fruit flavors.

Due to its maritime influence, Marin County is favored for producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Three vineyard sources comprise this Brut Rosé bottling. Redding Ranch Vineyard is located high up in the hills overlooking the small town of Nicasio. Ranging from 800-1,000 feet in elevation, the vineyard sits on a west-facing slope with great sun exposure. Just east of Redding Ranch, where the coastal fog funnels its way through the Nicasio gap, is Skywalker Vineyard. Also, high up in the hills of Marin, this vineyard has its own Mediterranean-like micro-climate. The third site, Grossi Vineyard, is located west of the town of Novato, tucked away near Stafford Lake. This site is protected from high winds with a lower elevation and slightly warmer climate.

Though we first harvested fruit from Marin back in 1998 and have produced two previous wines focused on vineyards from this region, this is our inaugural release of a sparkling rosé crafted from Marin. With over four years of aging en tirage, this vibrant and complex wine combines a rich texture with excellent drive on the palate. This bright, crisp sparkler will age beautifully over the next 20+ years, developing attractive caramelized, nutty and toasted flavors and aromas. While primarily Pinot Noir, small amounts of select Chardonnay lots are added to the Brut Rosé Marin blend, lending additional backbone and length to the palate. Made in limited quantities, our winemaking team is very excited to release this sparkling rosé wine.

The 2013 vintage is described as an "early, even and excellent" growing season. The season began early, with a warm and dry spring, and beautiful weather extended all the way through an early harvest. Fruit showed great balance of acidity and sugar, good color and tannin structure and optimal flavor development.

Tasting notes

The 2013 Brut Rosé Marin County has generous aromas of strawberry, rose petal and melon, followed by baked plum, dried orange peel and sugar cookie. The flavors are equally as generous with a mix of cranberry, lemon curd, and the freshness of cherry pie. The palate is creamy, rich and coating on entry, with a bright acidity that is balanced and refreshing.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies