LCBO Vintages Releases
Sonoma Coast’s rocky, well drained terrain and elevated proximity to the cool Pacific Ocean allowed the team at Flowers to grow Pinot Noir with fresh, bright red fruit aromas, complex minerality, and bright acidity. Specific clones were selected for added aromatic complexity. The fruit for the 2017 Sonoma Coast Rosé was sourced from some of the finest family-owned vineyards within the extreme Sonoma Coast appellation including the Flowers’ Sea View Ridge estate vineyard.
The grapes were gently hand sorted before being loaded whole cluster into the press, where a gentle crémant press cycle extracted juice that was brilliantly light in color, fresh in its acidity, and marked by red berry and delicate rose petal aromas. The juice was drained via gravity into a small stainless steel tank for a night of settling before being transferred to a combination of stainless steel and neutral French oak barrels. Finally, the wine was fermented by naturally occurring yeast, and malolactic fermentation was stopped before completion to maintain the desired level of acidity.
The final result is a wine that has the elegance of the famous Provençal-style rosés yet expresses its origins on the Sonoma Coast. The elegant salmon hue colour is grazed with lifting aromas of strawberry, raspberry, starfruit, rose petal and talc. The palate is complex, driven by orange marmalade that is countered with a tension of fresh citrus peels precisely balanced by the signature of coastal minerality and defined salinity.