Ric talks about the 2012 Rossi-Wallace Pinot Noir
"Cheryl and I like elegant wines which express their varietal imprint and terroir on which the grapes grew. The exotic perfume of Pinot Noir from a properly chosen site and made in a classic Burgundian fashion could be one of the most wonderful experiences wine can offer. It is our goal to achieve this with our Rossi-Wallace Pinot Noir."
Rossi-Wallace 2012 Pinot Noir
Way back in 1990 I was given the chance to experiment with Pinot Noir grown at Atlas Peak Vineyard owned then and now by famed Piero Antinori. Piero has been a long-time friend for which I am honored. The wine then was very intriguing – Parker wrote that it reminded him of a distant cousin with initials DRC. Wow! I became intrigued also and continued to experiment on occasion with Piero’s blessings. I even tried blends with Nebbiolo also from his vineyard.
Well, ahead to present, I am more than experimenting now. Cheryl and I have made a brand out of the production from the Atlas Peak Vineyard. We continue to learn more each year. The 2012, we think, is perhaps one of our best to date.
I choose to ferment in small batches from ¾ ton to 4 ton lots and when possible hand punch the cap. Pinot is so different from Cabernet. It requires vastly different techniques. Less is always better. After fermentation, the newly pressed wine goes into Burgundy barrels, 50% new, and undergoes malolactic. The lees are stirred as with Chardonnay and the wine is never racked. At bottling, last March, when the wine was taken from barrel for the first time grape skins were noted in the lees; a true sign of a lack of intervention.
Our 2012 version is superbly Pinot with its aromatic quality. Wafts of berry, rose petal and violet fragrances pop from the glass. A wonderful warmth in the flavors with that simulation of sweetness (it is totally dry) tells one that this is why we like Pinot so much. You just smile and go for another sip!
Read a Review of our Pinot Noir by Alister & Paine
Production: 29 barrels
Offered in 6-packs for $168.00 (plus tax and shipping)