2012 Small Lot Pinot Noir Rose
Founded 130 years ago, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest continuously operated family-owned winery. Owned and managed today by the Fourth and Fifth Generations of the Wente family, the winery draws from nearly 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, and Arroyo Seco, Monterey winegrowing regions to make an outstanding portfolio of wines.
Wente Vineyards has been growing Pinot Noir in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey since the 1960s. It is the ideal region to grow this Burgundian varietal because of the long, cool growing season, which allows the grapes to fully ripen and develop deep fruit flavors. The gravelly-loam soils found there, rich with shale and limestone deposits, impart desirable earthy and mineral qualities to the wine. There are several blocks dating back to 1963, which are planted with the old Pommard and Martini clones. Neighboring these are much more recent, high density plantings, which are planted with a variety of new clones. All of the fruit is handpicked and sorted at harvest time in order to ensure premium quality.
Primary fermentation was completed in stainless steel tank and the wine did not undergo secondary fermentation.
After fermentation, this wine was aged in small stainless steel tank.