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2011 Ehlers Estate Sylviane Rose

2011 Ehlers Estate Sylviane Rose

Aromas of watermelon, raspberry and cotton candy mingle with orange sorbet and fresh red cherries. On the palate, the wine is crisp and bone-dry with a bristling acidity, low alcohol and a lingering lemon-berry finish. Not red, not white, but a classic old-world rosé, ready for summertime.

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Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2011
Wine Type: Rosé Wine
Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Varietal Composition:
100% Cabernet Franc
Harvest Date: October 13th, 2011
Sugar: 22.6 °Brix
Bottling Date: February 9th 2012
Alcohol %: 12.9
Tasting Notes:

In the top corner of block 2-H, out in front of the winery, we’ve identified a few rows of early ripening Cabernet Franc with extremely bright, red-fruit flavors. From these grapes, using a gentle Champagne pressing program, we make a few barrels of dry rosé, in the French tradition, to pour and sell here at the property. We call this elegant pink wine Sylviane in honor of our elegant founder, Madam Sylviane Leducq. Aromas of watermelon, raspberry and cotton candy mingle with orange sorbet and fresh red cherries. On the palate, the wine is crisp and bone-dry with a bristling acidity, low alcohol and a lingering lemon-berry finish. Not red, not white, but a classic old-world rosé, ready for summertime.

Vineyard Notes:

2011 was another record cool year here in the valley. We had a wet winter and spring, and saw rainfall continuing well into mid-June. For all varietals the fruit set at unusually low levels, and just as would be expected, the small crop produced wines with great intensity and complexity. The summer in Napa Valley was the coldest on record, and the harvest was the latest that anyone can remember. Generally terrific quality at lower alcohols for those of us who were able to harvest ahead of the early autumn rains.

Production Notes:

299 cases

Other Notes:

Final Blend: 100% Cabernet Franc Fruit Source: 100% Estate Grown Farming: 100% CCOF Certified Organic, 100% Demeter Certified Biodynamic Oak Regime: No new oak. Stainless steel, and neutral, used French barrels

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

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