Rhinefarm Rosé

Sonoma Valley

Fun and flirty, this elegant rosé is made primarily of Pinot Noir grown on Rhinefarm. Fresh aromas and flavors of wild red cherry, lime and lively acidity make it perfect for food as well as hanging out with friends. Only available through the Bacchus Club and direct from the winery.

Philosophy

This light-hearted and beautiful Sonoma Coast dry rosé wine captures the essence of the coolest areas of our Rhinefarm vineyard. We co-ferment different grape varieties each vintage — Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Merlot — to create layered flavors. Dominated by Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer adds aromatics and other grapes meld the personality together as well as provide length. We use the saignée method the same day fruit arrives in the winery to help maintain a lighter style, keeping the fruit on its skins for 24 hours. All stainless steel fermentation. This results in a very light, French-style rosé wine with fruity aromatics.

Vineyards

Rhinefarm Rosé is estate-grown, produced and bottled on our 150+ year old estate outside of the town of Sonoma. Sourced primarily from Dijon and 40-year-old heritage Pinot Noir clones, all of the fruit grows in the lower portion of the vineyard, a section that sits literally across the street from the Carneros appellation border and shares the cooling benefits of the fog from the San Pablo Bay to the south and the Petaluma Gap to the west. The topsoil is only 18”–30” deep, consisting of Huichica clay loam with occasional pockets of small stream gravel that have been deposited over centuries by the adjacent Arroyo Seco Creek. Beneath this layer is compacted Carneros Bay sediment that naturally restricts vigor. The climate and soils combine to maximize hangtime and tiny, concentrated berries.

We harvest by hand during the cool morning hours, then destem and gravity feed the fruit directly into the stainless steel fermentation tank. To achieve its gorgeous pale pink color, we leave the must on the skins for 24 hours.

Pairing Riffs

At Gundlach Bundschu, we make great wine but also like to have a little fun. Here are some rose wine pairings and alternative ways to enjoy Rhinefarm Rosé:

  • Mowing the lawn
  • Just ’cause
  • Sunsets
  • Rose wine food pairings:
    • Fresh spring greens with herb vinaigrette
    • Paté
    • Roasted pork loin

specifications

Vintage:
2016
Wine Type:
Rosé
Varietal:
Rhinefarm Rosé
Varietal Composition:
  • 79% Pinot Noir
  • 9% Gewurztraminer
  • 12% Chardonnay
Appellation:
Sonoma Coast
Acid:
TA 0.47 g/100ml
PH:
3.5
Barrel Aging:
  • 100% Stainless Steel
Alcohol %:
14.2%