2017-C L'Oliveto Rose of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California

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2017-C L'Oliveto Rose of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California

Jason Enos was living in Los Gatos working in tech when he started enjoying the world of fine wines; thanks to his successful 25 year career, he was able to purchase a five acre vineyard estate in Dry Creek Valley in 2004. While his expertise was in the business world, it was the first harvest in 2005 from his Enos estate that inspired him to think seriously about the wine industry. After getting to know his Healdsburg neighbor, Chris Fitzgerald, who was also successful in tech and had started the Bench wine label, the two new friends founded Brack Mountain Wine Company in 2008; their company operates as a négotiant of sorts that creates wines under a collection of different labels, (including ‘L’Oliveto', ‘Borne’ and ‘Daniel’), at various price points. Chris' son Dan, who had been the Head Winemaker at Pellegrini Family Vineyards, joined the company a year later as the Director of Winemaking. Dan’s experience working in the cellars at Williams Seylem, Robert Sinskey and Coldstream Hills Winery in Australia's Yarra Valley, taught him all he needed to know about making great wines.

The fruit for this L’Oliveto Rosé of Pinot Noir was sourced from vineyards primarily in Russian River Valley along with Sonoma Coast and Petaluma Gap. Dan explains that the 2017 growing season was humming along just fine until a heat wave struck in August, causing the vines to shut down for a week and for some fruit to be lost, yet the remaining grapes benefited from the smaller crop in terms of concentration. Once in the cellar, the grapes were crushed to tank, immediately bled off the skins and cold settled overnight. The juice was fermented with indigenous yeast then racked to neutral oak barrels to finish fermentation and age for three months before bottling. The end result is a rosé of deeper concentration with aromas of watermelon and flavors of ripe strawberry, Rainier cherry and tangerine. As Dan adds, a gentle note of “white peach lingers on the dry finish” and the wine ends with more of that wonderful concentration, suggesting it could stand up to a savory meal, perhaps even leg of lamb and definitely roast chicken.

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