2012 Bouquet Rosé Wine
The North Fork of Long Island, New York
A charming, fresh, fruity, off-dry rosé with just the right touch of sweetness. 44% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon. Closure: screwcap.
Off-dry, with a medium-light body and lovely salmon tint. Bouquet Rosé offers aromas of sunny, ripe strawberries, red currants and "bourgeon cassis" along with a delightful mouthfeel.
The 2012 vintage started and ended early. March was quite warm and budbreak came mid-April. The summer was warm and dry, and many varieties were mature by Labor Day. While yields were down, the quality of the 2012 vintage is very good.
Hand harvesting at 22 brix began beween the rain in late September and early October, and finished before Hurricane Sandy arrived on October 29. Luckily, the vineyards escaped the heavy rains that pummeled NY and NJ.
Each grape varietal was made into wine separately before blending. Some of the juice was made from pressing red grapes after 24 hours of skin contact. The rest of the juice was made by saignée method: red grapes were de-stemmed and crushed, then macerated for a short period of time before separating the skins from the quintessence juice. Yeast; X5. Fermentation took place at a low temperatrue of 60 degrees F to maintain aromas. The wine was finied with fish proteins and underwent sterile filtration to ensure stability at bottling. No MLF. Alc: 12.5%, RS: 20 g/L or 2%, pH: 3.44, TA: 6.17. Bottled: February 16, 2011.
Try Bouquet Rosé as an aperitif, or paired with quiche, cheese soufflé, crepes, luncheon salads, BBQ chicken or bacon cheese burgers.
$14.99 / 750 ml