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Combining the forward fruit of a red wine and the elegant structure of a white this wine is coveted by the most passionate connoisseurs for its unique character and limited availability.
Aging Profile: Aged sur lees since 2003, for a minimu of 5 years
92 Points Wine Enthusiast, December 2010
etoile, French for star, embodies our commitment to crafting the finest sparkling Rosé in America. The winemaking team has absolute freedom to break from traditional limitations and commonly accepted rules in sparkling winemaking. Not bound to a specific appellation, we source grapes from regions that we think will produce the best wine in any given vintage. With an extensive library of reserve wines, and no vintage requirements, our winemakers blend the current vintage with the perfect complement of reserve wines to build layers of depth and complexity in the finished wine. This is the concept of sur lees dating. We subscribe to no predetermined varietal blend or style; we simply reflect the best style the vineyards have to offer. etoile Rosé combines the forward fruit of a red wine and the elegant structure of a white. It is coveted by the most passionate connoisseurs for its unique character and limited availability.
In keeping with the traditional rosé winemaking method, we add a small amount of red wine (Pinot Noir) prior to tirage to create the distinctive salmon color with copper hues. The wine is elegant and restrained with fresh aromas of plum, raspberry and nutmeg. These aromas follow through on the palate and are layered with subtle and delicate flavors of cocoa powder. The wine finishes with excellent length and richness that will stand up to a variety of foods.
Food and Wine Pairing
The understated power of this wine with its bold but elegant character is an excellent match with the richness found in foie gras. It would be a natural accompaniment to salmon or trout dishes or for the adventurous chef – duck confit with plum salad. For even more fun, try this elegant wine on a romantic picnic.
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