Our 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley came from a Sagnee of ripe Pinot Noir. This ancient French method for dealing with high brix fruit always meant there would be a little Rosé around the house for family dinners. Our Sagnee, or “bleed” came from a friends lot of Pinot that was very ripe. There was enough to make 56 cases, so instead of drinking it around the house, we put a label on it this time!
It’s a robust and fruity version of Rosé, with more than enough body to pair with foods. We find fresh and ample flavors of ripe cherry, strawberry, rose hip and touch of tropical fruit. It has some of the most beautiful color you’ll ever see in a Rosé - we can’t get enough of just looking at it. Drink this Rosé nice and cold in the next few months. We’ll make more next year!
2018 Bannister Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Featuring aromas of honeysuckle flower, toasted almond, citrus and pineapple.
With a full palette of bright citrus, orchard fruit - Asian pear and peach, and a hint of toasted oak. A Chardonnay that is full bodied and refreshing all at once, capable of pairing with a wide range of foods and flavors.
Our 2017 Chardonnay comes from the Stuhlmuller Ranch in the Southwest corner of Alexander Valley. This old Chardonnay vineyard is tucked into the hills where the valley ends and the Russian River turns west towards Healdsburg. A mix of Old Barn and number 4 clone, the vines benefit from the hot afternoons and cool nights along the river.
Total production of this Chardonnay was two hundred cases. All barrel fermented with fifty percent ML. 25% new oak
The Riesling was fermented on the skins and then remained on the skins for ten days of extended maceration. This gave the wine heightened color (orange tones) as well as more of the unique spiciness that Riesling is known for. We put it through full Malo-lactic fermentation which gives it increased balance against the intensity of the extracted skin tannins. Early flavor profiles of the Riesling are Quince, Pomello, tart apple, and all spice. It continues to evolve with bottle aging.
Our Riesling has great food pairing capabilities, especially with spicy dishes, where most wines have limitations.