2015 Ellipsis Wine Company Rose of Pinot Meunier
Ellipsis Wine Company sources Pinot Meunier grapes are sourced from Christine’s Vineyard located in the Sonoma Coast AVA bordering Russian River Valley. This is an “intentional” rosé that’s a blend of 90% Pinot Meunier, 5% Zin, and 5% Syrah. The grapes were picked at 24 brix and left on the skins for two hours before pressing into a stainless steel tank. Primary fermentation was completed 80% in the tank and 20% in neutral french barrels. No ML. The entire lot was cold stabilized and bottled early February, four months after pick.
The wine is a vivid pink color promising primary aromas of strawberry, and watermelon with hints of citrus and an earthy note. On the palate the wine is very fresh, full-bodied and well structured with strawberry, watermelon, sour cherry Jolly Rancher flavor with hints of citrus and tropical fruits with a lingering satisfying finish. This enticing wine is delightfully fruit-forward chilled, yet begins to evolve into richer, deeper notes when served at cellar temperature. It’s a main course rosé in my book. I paired it with Smoked St. Louis Ribs, and it paired very well with the ribs unsauced (and to my mild suprised) sauced!
13.1% abv | 75 cases | $25(sample) Purchase here
About Ellipsis Wine Company
Ellipsis Wine Company is run by husband and wife team, Jonathan and Devika. The winery was established in 2008 shortly after both of finished their studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Jonathan for Agribusiness and Devika for Wine and Viticulture. Both of grew up in Sonoma County and came back to be close to their family. They they decided to start a family of our own. The couple now have two future winemakers, Elyah (6) and Elliot (2).
The winery began with Jonathan and a couple of buddies making a barrel of Dry Creek Valley Cabernet for family and friends. The wine quickly grew in popularity and so did the wine company. Today, Ellipsis’ is has approximately a 1000 case production. Their focus is on quality over quantity. Because the operation is staffed by the couple and their consulting winemaker, Rick Davis, they are very hands on in every aspect of operations; from the vineyard to the end consumer.
Fruit is sourced from various select vineyards in Northern California, and custom crushed at Owl Ridge Wine Facility in Sebastopol.
The couple lives on a ranch and farmstead in Cloverdale, where they do private group tastings and events in a newly renovated redwood red barn, originally built in 1908. Sounds like a fun place to visit!
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