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2011 Virage Rose
2011 Virage Rose

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Crisp, bright dry rosé of cabernet franc offering delicate, mineral-laced aromas and flavors of hibiscus, quince and citrus.  An engaging, lively wine from whole-cluster pressed grapes grown specifically for rosé. In 2011, the very cool growing season delivered a pale, elegant beauty.  This is decidedly French-styled rosé--pressed after a short maceration for a hint of color from the skins, then fermented at cool temperatures in small stainless steel drums to preserve delicate aromas and fresh flavors.

Like a sparkling wine, dry rosé complements brunch, lunch and most any hors-d'oeurves or "first course" fare.  Stunning with shellfish--crabcakes, grilled shrimp, fried calamari, cioppino, sushi and ceviche.  The lively minerality also complements cured meats and smoked salmon. Emily's fancy pairing:  prosciutto-wrapped green honeydew skewered with french feta, fresh mint and a bit of preserved lemon (see photo).  138 cases produced.