2020 Elena Walch 20/26 Rose, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy (750ml)

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The strong core of Lagrein, tempered with the elegance of Pinot Nero and the roundness of Merlot, result in a graceful rosé with pronounced structure and great finesse. The grapes for this rosé were carefully harvested and sorted. The vinification was carried out using the classical saignée method—after the grapes were crushed, the clear, rose-colored must was drawn off—with no pressing. Fermentation and subsequent aging took place in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The finished wine was gently fined and filtered before being bottled for release. 20/26 is an elegant rosé with a fresh, fruity palate and balanced acidity. With a sugar gradation of 20°brix and a fermentation at 26°C, the first vintage of this cuvée was created and thusly named. Peach in color with salmon flecks, the bouquet is of red fruit and citrus. The palate shows strawberry, raspberry, guava and lime zest. The finish is long, with a lovely, chalky minerality.

Successful for generations—and still in the hands of the founding family—Elena Walch is an eponymous woman owned and operated wine estate, focused on quality and innovation. Since 1985, Elena Walch has stood at the forefront of the Alto Adige quality revolution and has gained local and international acclaim for her efforts. An architect by trade, Elena Walch married into one of the oldest and respected wine families of the region and brought new, modern concepts to the traditional establishment. Currently, the family business is being handed down to her daughters, Julia and Karoline Walch, making them the fifth generation to cultivate the estate. The philosophy of Elena Walch is rooted in its terroir—the idea that wines ought to be individual expression of their soil, climate and cultivation in the vineyard; and that this best achieved by adhering to the principles of sustainability passed from one generation to the next.

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