2020 Apollo's Folly Rosé Carneros, Napa Valley
The start of the growing season gave us near-ideal weather with mild temperatures. Northern California experienced another dry winter, falling well below our average rainfall, resulting in smaller clusters and berries with concentrated flavor. The lack of rain triggered an early budbreak, and the warm summer resulted in a fairly early start to the harvest. Our Pinot Noir was picked for rosé in late August and was fermenting happily in the cellar before the heat spikes and fires that occurred in September.
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: Carneros, Napa Valley
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir, Dijon Clone 115
Fermentation: 75% stainless steel barrels and 25% neutral French oak barrels
Production: 200 cases