The nose is a delicious mélange
of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries with a few pomegranate seeds.
It has nice
complexity and surprising depth, the texture is creamy with a pleasant lingering finish that
makes this wine pair particularly well with food.
Notre Vin rosé is produced from Cabernet Sauvignon grown at Hughes Vineyard, at 1800
feet elevation on the west side of Howell Mountain.
All handpicked on October 28, 2008 and gently brought to the winery in our small picking bins.
We did not fine nor filter the wine in
order to keep it as expressive and balanced as possible.
Our Rosé is made by the saignée method. As usual, respect of the fruit is our objective. After
rigorous sorting to pull out any undesired grapes or bits of stems, the grapes go into our
stainless steel tank. The following day, when the must is still pink, we drain about 10 % of
the juice, which then goes into 55 gallon stainless steel drums for fermentation in the cool
cellar. Primary fermentation can take up to two months, followed by the malolactic
fermentation. During the fermentation the lees are stirred on a regular basis. This wine has
been aged on its lees fourteen months prior to bottling.
15 months in 55 gallon stainless steel drums
The 2008 Notre Vin Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé is also made in the French
dry style and shows a lovely color of bright raspberry juice
Notre Vin Rosé goes with a great variety of dishes. Our favorites are simple; roasted chicken,
pork on the grill and certainly with the Thanksgiving turkey. Toss your favorite pasta with
sautéed mushrooms in a creamy sauce.