The release of our dry Ros of Sangiovese is always one of the first signs of spring for many wine lovers. The 2012 started rolling off our bottling line in mid February and will sell out quickly. This wine is always a crowd favorite with vibrant color, an enticing nose and bright fruit flavors.
2012 was a textbook growing season in Northern California with more heat accumulation days than in previous years. Yields were well above the record lows of last year.
The fruit arrived at the winery on September 7th and September 10th. After de-stemming, the fruit was cold soaked for about 5 hours, until the color was just right. We drained off the juice, dug out the skins, and then pressed, using a new press program this year with fewer rotations and a 20 minute reduction in total time. The juice went back into tank and settled for 2 days at 40 degrees before it was racked and yeast inoculated with a French isolate yeast. A slow cold fermentation followed to preserve the bright aromatics and fruit flavors. The wine was bottled in mid February and was released in March.
Since our first vintage in 2006, AVV s Ros has been recognized by critics and wine lovers as one of the best in the country. When compared to the 2011, this vintage is slightly lighter in color with a light pink/salmon hue. Aromas of wild strawberry, watermelon, raspberry and mint jump out of the glass. There are flavors of strawberry, peach, berry and a hint of minerality. The wine has medium mouthfeel and a dry finish with a very long aftertaste.
AVV's vineyards stretch from the banks of the Russian River up on to south facing hillsides. Alexander Valley Vineyards produces 100,000 cases...
AVV's vineyards stretch from the banks of the Russian River up on to south facing hillsides. Alexander Valley Vineyards produces 100,000 cases annually, 17 varietal wines and proprietary blends. Seventy-five percent of AVV s production is red wine. Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon constitute roughly half of total production. Other varietals include Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Gewurztraminer, Syrah, Sangiovese, Viognier, and Cabernet Franc. CYRUS, a limited production, proprietary red wine, named in honor of the pioneer Cyrus Alexander, is AVV s benchmark, honoring the past while signaling the future.