Refreshing, crisp & bright, this 2022 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 2022 Rosé is delicate and round, with floral notes, citrus and plum. Red fruit brings an almost flinty note to the palate, while the structure is fresh and sophisticated with a concentrated core. 155 cases were produced.
While you might not have heard of Stéphane Vivier, you have probably heard of Aubert de Villaine, owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 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 oversaw the winemaking efforts for this Napa Valley winery and it’s there where I first met Stéphane and Aubert de Villaine.