Our Rosé of Pinot Gris gets its vibrant color from a 24-hour cold soak prior to pressing. The intense UV exposure at nearly 5,900 feet above sea level produces exceptional Pinot Gris grapes with thicker-than-normal skins, allowing us to produce a dramatic version of this noble grape, yielding aromas of flowers and ripe stone fruits, a luscious texture, and a mineral-driven finish.
This was the very first wine that we harvested in the 2018 vintage. We wanted to show off the dramatic fruit that our Pinot Gris vines produce, and a rosé seemed like just the way to do it. The cold soak extracted a beautiful color and complex aromas. This is the softest wine we created this vintage, with a round texture, subtle aromas of roses and flowers, luscious fruit tones of peaches, and a soft, mineral-driven finish.
Our Rosé of Pinot Gris is a perfect wine to start a dinner, pairing perfectly with vegetables, cheese, charcuterie and seasonal salads.
The 2018 Rosé of Pinot Gris was awarded a gold medal at the 2019 Colorado Governor’s Cup competition.
- Variety - 100% Pinot Gris
- AVA - West Elks
- Vineyard - Redstone Vineyard
- Harvest Date - September 15, 2018
- Fermentation - temperature-controlled stainless steel
- Aging - stainless steel
- Brix - 24º
- pH - 3.49
- TA - 5.4 g/L
- Alcohol - 12.9%
- Production - 200 cases
Behind the Bottle
There is no wine that best encapsulates our 2018 vintage more than our Rosé of Pinot Gris. Most people think that we bought a winery in 2017, but we only bought a vineyard. We've purchased all of the winery equipment since then, and much of it, along with our winery license, arrived just in the nick of time in 2018. Many of the pieces of our winery equipment are used, and virtually none of them is from the same manufacturer. The first time we used any of these pieces of equipment in conjunction with one another was our first harvest and press of the season, our Pinot Gris grapes.
For those few friends who were here for the duration of that night, it is an experience that we will never forget. You might get lucky and hear the full details, if you join us here for a dinner in the vineyard.
After pressing the grapes, we yielded a deeply-hued tank of magenta-colored Pinot Gris juice. Although much of the color fell off during fermentation, we were delighted with the final result.
Pale salmon in color, our Rosé of Pinot Gris is the softest wine we made in 2018. The abnormally hot harvest season had us scrambling to get the grapes in, as sugar levels were rapidly rising. The Pinot Gris got a bit riper than our original picking predictions, but we were so intrigued by the result. The acid levels ended up being quite moderate, but the fruit development was extraordinary and pronounced. This additional ripeness, along with a cold soak prior to pressing, yielded a unique balance of fruit, herb, and mineral profiles.
This rosé is a perfect apéritif wine, simply because it is delicious on its own, sans food. Its soft acidity makes it an easy entry into a dinner or as a holiday party prelude. Rich on the palate, yet rounded and approachable, it pairs with a multitude of cuisines, from crudite and appetizers, to grilled fare. This wine is also an amazing choice for Thanksgiving dinner, complementing virtually every aspect of the meal.
Our 2018 estate Rosé of Pinot Gris won a gold medal at the 2019 Colorado Governor's Cup wine competition and is being poured in many of the state's best restaurants. We think you'll agree with us that #ROSÉALLDAY should become #ROSÉALLYEAR.