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Rosé of Pinot Noir 2016

Sonoma Coast

THE VINEYARD: Since 2012, Ernest Vineyards has sourced Pinot Noir from premier, cool-climate Sonoma Coast sites. In our inaugural effort crafting rosé, we’ve chosen to blend this saignée, The Motley, from each of our five Pinot Noir vineyards allowing for astonishing complexity in such a refreshingly light wine.

LABEL STORY: The curious characters in Erin’s home county influence the philosophy behind The Motley, a spirited blend of Pinot Noir. In one small spot on the map, a variety of personalities combined with differing ideas, dreams and experiences helping define a unique place.

TASTING NOTE: Derived from Sonoma Coast pinot noir grapes, this wine has aromas of macerated strawberries, cherry, mustard, and sour cranberries. On the palate, the Eugenia Rosé delivers a concentrated dose of strawberries, making the wine a perfect pairing with trout or salmon.

Clones: Pommard, 667, 777, 113, Calera
Aging: 5 months Neutral Oak
Cases Produced: 86
Alc. BY Vol: 12.5

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Single Vineyard

Ernest Vineyards specializes in site-specific wines. Each of our wines comprises grapes from one vineyard and one vineyard only. For our Ernest labels, we use grapes from nine sites in all. Some sites are well-draining, some are on hillsides. Some face west, some are considered cold-climate. We work closely with growers and vineyard managers at each site to dial-in the farming to adhere to a style that maximizes flavor ripeness while keeping sugars down and acidity high. The result: Wines that are pure expressions of the sites from which they came.

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Rosé

We produce rosé under the Eugenia label; our current release, from the 2015 vintage, include two different wines. One—The Country Wife—is a rosé of cinsault, and is just like all of our other single-vineyard wines, made with grapes from one vineyard and one vineyard only. Another—The Motley—is a rosé of pinot noir, and is a blend from our very coldest pinot noir sites.

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The Lab

In addition to Ernest and Eugenia, we own and operate a third label: Edaphos (pronounced ee-dah-fos). It means “base,” “ground,” and “soil” in Greek; we felt it was a good expression of our attitude behind this winemaking. We consider this part of our business to be our “laboratory,” the place where we make small-lot wines that incorporate new and exciting approaches to winemaking with different styles and off-beat grape varietals. Sometimes we also call it our “sandbox.” The Edaphos strategy enables us to explore, experiment, and apply some of the lessons we learn to wines we make under our other labels. It also allows us to produce different wines whenever we feel like making them.

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Our Ernest Family wine clubs offer our customers convenient twice yearly delivery of our special, limited-production wines. Each shipment during our Fall and Spring releases is curated with a mix of wines expressing the best of the vintage.

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