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Adelaida’s 6 distinct family owned vineyards lie in the craggy hillside terrain of west Paso Robles, 14 miles from the Pacific coast. Ranging from 1500 – 1900 feet in elevation these low yielding vines are challenged by chalky limestone soils and afternoon blasts of cool marine air, a diurnal temperature swing of 40-45 degrees.
A unique blend of pinot noir and Rhone varieties, this crisp edged wine is made in the traditional French style, called “saignee” or literally to bleed. Essentially a “blanc de noir” or white from red, the ripe red grapes impart their aromatic personality to the lightly colored wine.
Ten percent of the juice was quickly (within the first 1-2 hours) drawn off the just-picked fruit, ensuring a delicate carnation-pink hue from the short skin contact. Then all varieties were fermented in 100% neutral French oak & then stainless steel aged in their respective vessels before blending together. Bone dry, the wine is an ideal aperitif, summer and fall quaffer, contributing a light fruitiness and refreshing citrus tang.
AVA: Paso Robles
Vineyard: Anna’s Estate & Glenrose Vyd
Elevation: 1200-1900 feet
Soil type: Calcareous Limestone
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100% neutral French oak fermented & 100% stainless steel aged
Harvest dates: Syrah 8/31/12, Pinot Noir 9/1/12, Grenache Noir 9/18/12, Mourvedre 9/25/12, Cinsault 9/21/12, Counoise 10/11/12
Varieties: Syrah 29%, Pinot Noir 24%, Grenache Noir 20%, Mourvedre 16%, Cinsault 7%, Counoise 4%
Release date: 9/2013
CA suggested retail: $16