2018 Apollo's Folly Rosé
Northern California had an extremely dry winter until March and April brought us much-needed and abundant rain. The mild winter and cool spring delayed bloom and budbreak by approximately two weeks. Early summer temperatures were relatively cool and steady, which pushed out veraison by another couple of weeks. As August and September also remained consistently cool, harvest was pushed back even further. As we inched towards harvest, the long growing season and near-perfect weather gave us plenty of time to pick fruit at peak ripeness. 2018 yields were higher than previous vintages and the fruit is bright and concentrated with lush tannins.
This delicately pink rosé of Pinot Noir has bright, fresh and vibrant aromas. Effusive notes of luscious watermelon with white raspberry are wrapped in a delicate layer of minerality. A swirl of the glass releases bright lemon zest and ripe honeydew aromas with a touch of pink cotton candy. The first sip releases explosive flavors of ripe summer strawberries, juicy raspberry and hints of cinnamon and pink rose petals. Clean, pure flavors of red summer berries, tart cherry and raspberry candy inspires a youthful dance on the palate. You’ll find a bit of creamy lusciousness at its core from the short time spent in neutral oak. Bright, clean and fresh with a delicate and lingering finish.
• Picked at lower Brix, in classic Provençal style
• Whole cluster, direct to press upon arrival at the winery
• Slow, cool fermentation to preserve the lively aromatics
• Fermented and aged sur lie in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak
Appellation: Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir, Dijon Clone 115
Fermentation: 75% stainless steel barrels and 25% neutral French oak barrels