Refreshing, crisp & bright, this 2019 Sonoma Coast Rosé from Vivier is delicious. It comes from the blustery Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast, then aged and fermented in stainless steel. After a short contact with the Pinot Noir skin of 45 to 120 minutes, the juice is placed in a stainless steel tank. The light salmon color is a result of this minimal contact with the skin retaining freshness and vibrancy in the wine. This is the saignée method, most used in Burgundy. The aromas on this 2019 Rosé are precise and pure, with stone fruit and citrus notes. The palate is medium bodied, with zingy flavors of raspberry and those same aromatic notes. It’s easy on the palate and offers a focused finish. 84 cases were produced. $25/bottle, $127.50/6-Pack ($21.25/bottle) after special pricing.
While you might not have heard of Stéphane Vivier, you have probably heard of Aubert de Villaine, owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti aka DRC, one of the most sought-after Burgundy producers in the world. Working side-by-side at HdV Winery, which is owned by relatives Larry Hyde (of Hyde Vineyards) and Aubert, Stéphane oversees the winemaking efforts for this Napa Valley winery and it’s here where I first met Stéphane. I later learned of his own winery, Vivier, which specializes in producing high-quality Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and think it’s one of the most Pinot projects today.