2022 Rosé of Pinot Noir
In 2022, for the first time my Rosé is comprised of mostly whole cluster pressed Pinot Noir, instead of saignee juice. This has changed the character of the wine a little, although not as much as I thought it would. Broadly speaking, whole cluster pressed rosé is picked a little earlier than it would be for red wine, and gives a leaner, more "white wine-like" style of rosé, whereas saignee rosé is slightly richer, in part because it gets more contact with the skins, but mostly because the grapes are a bit riper. In my case, the saignee rosé I have been making for many years has always tended towards the leaner style of its type, and so the 2022 is not terribly different than past vintages. Even the color, which I fully expected to be paler this year, is very much in line with previous efforts. My plan is to continue using a combination of the two methods so if you like the 2022, there will be more where that came from!
I am quite pleased with the 2022. It has about 15% Gamay, as always, and just the right balance of Pinot Noir fruitiness and Gamay raciness, with enough extract to give it a really nice mouthwatering juiciness on the mid-palate. 5 barrels made, 125 cases.
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