This is a serious rosé. I mean, you could certainly still drink it all day, but it is worthy of paying attention to. 

Some rosé I want to put into my Hydroflask and just sip on all day when it’s hot out. This would be kind of criminal with this rosé. This wine is technically perfect, it has texture. It has structure. 

This wine leads with lime, seashell,  and cherry blossoms, and tastes like strawberries and lemon spritz. It has texture of pear and melon. 

Pairing wise, this wine is so versatile. I would eat this with a baked chicken, a strawberry-rhubarb pie, a plate of cheese, or a California fish taco.

2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Loubud


The rosé is a blend of  two clones picked separately – Pommard 4 and 115. I love these two clones for rosé because they have so much flavor. I want it to be high aromatic. 

The Pinot Noir fruit is fermented partially in neutral French oak and stainless steel. The 115 clone is fermented in a stainless-steel tank and the Pommard 4 in neutral oak.


Rosé lesson:

Some rosé is made from the leftover juice from a sorting table from fruit that is destined for a red wine. This is called saignée. The wine made in this style can be seen of as an afterthought, since the fruit was picked for red, but the outcome is often quite delicious – though often a bit richer since the sugar / alcohol are higher.

For other rosé the fruit is picked specifically to make a rosé, so usually a littler earlier leading to more delicate flavors and lower alcohol. This fruit can go direct to press, like this one, or have some limited skin maceration which basically means the fruit is crushed and allowed to hang out with the skins for a short time before going through the press.

One is not better than the other, but intention counts for a lot and I usually prefer rosé that is made from fruit picked for rosé, like this one. (And actually, that is true for all the rosé wines we have offered on Ownroot – so far.) The result to me feels more balanced, more thoughtful, more developed. Saignées can sometimes feel like though they can be poundable they can be less developed.

That is just my two pennies on this one. Prove me wrong!


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