Kanzler 2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast


The wine’s aromatics are a complex mix of tart strawberry and grapefruit coupled with more exotic notes of cantaloupe, lychee and a hint of lavender. Orange Peel and Meyer lemon flavors show up on the front of the palate and transition to white peach through the mid-palate. From start to finish the wine is driven by a strong but pleasing acidity that makes the wine elegant and refreshing and contributes to a long, dry and snappy finish


From 2012 through 2014 drought and yields have been the puzzle of Northern California coastal grape-growing. Typically, less rain leads to a smaller crop. A large crop one year usually means a smaller one the next. So, it was confounding when 2012, 2013 and 2014 ALL yielded above average harvests despite the meager winter rains. The hammer finally fell in 2015 with one of the smaller crops of our 20-year history. Often times short crops are due to one or two dramatic weather events like a spring frost or a big rain during bloom. In 2015 the weather was benign, but the grapevines just seemed to be out of steam. But, true to the axiom that a smaller crop tends to be high quality, 2015 has the potential to be a memorable vintage. Tiny berries from below average cluster counts yielded concentrated flavors, deep colors, firm but ripe tannins and poignant acidity.


Kanzler Family Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir is crafted using the Saignée method where juice is "bled" out of a Pinot Noir fermentation tank and set aside to ferment as Rosé. Key to our process is executing this “bleed” as quickly as possible once the juice, skins and seeds are in the fermentation tank. We do it in a matter of hours, thereby limiting the juice’s contact with skins and preserving a light pink color and fresh flavors. The juice is settled overnight and then racked to completely neutral (at least 5-year old) oak barrels for fermentation. The barrels are placed in a refrigerated room where the juice ferments slowly into wine over the course of 3-6 weeks. Once fermentation is complete the wine is allowed to age in barrel for 3 months during which time the barrels are never stirred and malolactic fermentation is inhibited. The finished wine is racked to stainless steel and undergoes Crossflow filtration prior to bottling.


“Floral strawberry and tangerine aromas lead to crisp, plush flavors of raspberry and spice. Drink now.”
Wine Spectator 90

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