Our Rosé of Pinot Noir is a blend of grapes from the West Elks AVA, hand-harvested from our own Redstone Vineyard at 5,885′ and from the former Terror Creek Vineyard at 6,400′. This is a one-of-a-kind taste of cold-climate, ultra high-elevation rosé. Lean and crisp, this pale-hued wine has notes of alpine strawberry and white peach, with a refreshing, bright finish.
This wine is based up on the “Field Blend” that we created as a small production in 2017. The core of the wine is Pinot Noir from Terror Creek vineyard. The uneven ripening at this site prompted us to add some of the perfectly ripe Riesling from our estate vineyard into the press, alongside the Pinot, and co-ferment the wine, resulting in a balanced expression of fruit.
This rosé is silky on the palate with a sharp, refreshing acidity. This is a perfect all-season sipping wine, and it pairs beautifully with roast duck, mushroom risotto, or grilled fare.
The 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir was awarded a gold medal at the 2019 Colorado Governor’s Cup competition.
- Variety - 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Riesling
- AVA - West Elks
- Vineyards - Redstone and Terror Creek
- Harvest Date - September 28, 2018
- Fermentation - temperature-controlled, stainless steel
- Aging - stainless steel
- Brix - 21.5º
- pH - 3.17
- TA - 7.3 g/L
- Alcohol - 12.6%
- Production - 55 cases
Behind the Bottle
The original basis for this wine was the 2017 "field blend" that we crafted from the leftover grapes our first year here. We made about four keg's worth of experimental garage wine from grapes we set aside prior to selling all of them to several Colorado wineries. That "field blend" was our favorite wine of 2017, consisting primarily Pinot Noir, along with a good dose of Riesling. The source for our first Pinot Noir fruit surprisingly comes from our own vineyard.
The block of Riesling here at the Redstone Vineyard, dubbed Machete Point, was at some point in this property's sordid, undocumented history, planted with Pinot Noir. We had no idea that this was the case when we purchased the property, and we pruned the then-dormant vines, as if they were all Riesling. Much to our surprise, many of our "Riesling" grapes started turning red during that first season of veraison. Many of these Pinot vines still strive among the Riesling, and while the harvest dates are dramatically different, we still nurture both of the varieties there together.
This is one of only two wines, along with our Chardonnay, that we crafted in 2018 from fruit other than our own. The vineyard formerly known as Terror Creek was transitioning between owners, and we had the unique opportunity to pick some of their old-vine Pinot Noir. We handpicked these unruly grapes under what was, quite arguably, the worst harvest conditions we've ever faced.
The vineyard is trained in a traditional Swiss-style, with the fruiting wire only a couple of feet off the ground, coupled with the fact that the vineyard had neither been pruned nor weeded. We endured two days of crawling around on our hands and knees harvesting the unevenly ripened grapes.
That uneven ripeness at the Terror Creek vineyard left us unsure as to whether there would be enough ripeness to carry the wine. This prompted us to harvest a small portion of perfectly timed, ripe Riesling in our estate vineyard and add it into the press with the Pinot Noir, co-fermenting the two together.
This Rosé of Pinot Noir, along with our Rosé of Pinot Gris, won Gold Medals at the 2019 Colorado Governor's Cup wine competition.