Alcohol : 11,5%
Grape(s) : Merlot
Localisation : Virginia, United States
Tasting Notes : Our dry, Merlot based rosé is fresh and crisp with notes of grapefruit, lime, watermelon, and a light grassiness on the nose. Throughout the palate, a lifting acidity carries flavors of bitter cherry, peach, and rose petal. Friendly with lighter fare, this wine is also a great companion for the porch or patio.
Production Notes : Two days of skin contact, then pressed. Fermentation takes place over three weeks in stainless steel tanks at low temperature. The wine is kept at 55°F to preserve freshness and varietal character. A high level of CO² kept on top of the wine ensures freshness. No racking occurs after fermentation to avoid oxidation. The wine stays on the lees until bottling and is then sterile filtered. No malolactic conversion was permitted.
The Domain: Situated in the heart of the Monticello AVA (American Viticultural Area), our farm is home to some of the best vineyard sites in Virginia. Only 16 miles from where Thomas Jefferson first planted European grape vines at his Charlottesville home, Monticello, we continue the centuries’ old viticultural traditions of Virginia.
From the original eight acres we planted in 1998, our vineyards have expanded to cover nearly 30 acres. Located between 780 and 820 feet above sea level, the distinctive dyke-loam soils found in this part of Albemarle County, combined with a favorable aspect, help us grow exceptional fruit for distinctive wines.
Spanning almost the full course of recorded history, grape growing and wine production have been part of the human story for millennia. Science and technology have revolutionized our understanding of viticulture, but in many ways grapes are farmed today much like they have been since ancient times.
Each vintage brings with it a unique set of challenges and learning opportunities but one thing remains constant: hard work, stamina, and attention to detail are the keys to success. Early mornings and long days spent out in the elements are the price we happily pay to turn the fruit of our farm into a beautiful glass of wine.