Aged in stainless steel barrels and neutral French oak for 3 months.
Cold fermented in stainless steel barrels and neutral French oak
January 21, 2019
2018 Flambeaux Sonoma County Rosé
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Bright strawberry flavor with a hint of Meyer lemon is rounded out by notes of cherry sauce and melon for a wonderful balance of fresh acidity around a delicious fruit core.
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Vibrant and bright, the 2018 Flambeaux Rosé is crafted from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, each sourced from spectacular Sonoma County hillside sites. Flavors of strawberry with a hint of Meyer lemon are rounded out by notes of cherry sauce and melon for a wonderful balance of fresh acidity around delicious fruit core.
The grapes for the 2018 Flambeaux Sonoma County Rosé Grapes were night harvested from our estate Flambeaux Vineyard in the steep, iron-rich hills of Dry Creek Valley and Toby Lane Vineyard, high in the hills above Alexander Valley. We love these hillside vineyards as the thinner soils and cooler evening temperatures allow the vines to grow smaller berries with thicker skins, leading to complex and concentrated wines.
Just after harvest, the grapes were destemmed and put into small stainless steel tanks to begin fermentation. After only a day, the juice was gently removed from the tank and put into stainless steel barrels and neutral French oak. This juice was more pink than red, due to it's short contact time with the red grape skins in the tank. Then fermentation was initiated and the wines underwent a cool and long fermentation, so the beautiful aromatics and flavors are retained.
Taking the more luscious and fruit-forward profile from Zinfandel and adding in the more tannic and structured components from Cabernet Sauvignon builds the Flambeaux Sonoma County Rosé into a classic and fun styling. This combination is what I love about rosé: it doesn't have any pretense but is still a very serious wine. Lively acidity, beautiful strawberry fruit notes, and a bit of back-end structure to balance with light fare ensures it will be a welcome addition to your table.
Try Flambeaux Sonoma County Rosé with ceviche, french fries, or fish tacos. Most importantly—enjoy with sun (or for a vicarious taste of it!)
Flambeaux are the dancing torchbearers of Mardi Gras night parades. A quintessential symbol of New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition, Flambeaux represent all that we love best about wine—light flickering in a glass, complex flavors dancing across the palate, and a celebration of life.
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A deep, brooding wine with aromas of dark blackberries, plum, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. On the palate, the wine is rich and opulent, with chewy tannins and firm structure. It's satisfyingly round finish goes on and on.