2015 Martin Ray Vineyards and Winery Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

“Tea-orange with a suggestion of dried fruits, dried flowers, potpourri...”

2015 Martin Ray Vineyards and Winery Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, Sonoma CountyThe 2015 vintage was, of course, a drought year in California, and these clusters were small, resulting in high skin-to-juice ratios. The fruit was vinified via saignée with six to eight hours of skin contact, and the must was inoculated with a portion of Rhône yeast strains.

This wine seems a shining exemplar of skin influence. It’s a pretty, deep pink color with a tea-orange tinge, and aromatically there’s a suggestion of dried fruits, dried flowers, potpourri. The texture is substantial, carrying steeped red berries, dried strawberries, raspberries, and orange peel.

It’s a big wine, very flavorful, with more texture and tawny sweetness than I expect from a Pinot rosé. Pair it with rare meat.

13.8% abv | $20 (sample)

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