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Cep Peay Rose Russian River Valley Hopkins Ranch 2013

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The 2013 Cep Rosé is refreshing, crisp, bright rosé that has verve, pairs well with spring and summer cuisine, and can be enjoyed without having to pick yourself up off the lawn. It is made from Pinot Noir grown on Hopkins Ranch in the heart of the Russian River Valley. It is rare to find true Rosé made from Pinot Noir as it is a very expensive grape and you cannot charge much for Rosé (with a few notable exceptions). Picked early, it is pressed off to tank and bottled in January. Not yet reviewed; 2012 vintage rated 89 points by International Wine Cellar.

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Winery: Peay Vineyards
Color: Rosé
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Peay Vineyards:
Peay Vineyards is located in the far northwestern corner of Sonoma County approximately 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean near Sea Ranch. The vineyard is situated along the coast, but not on the very first ridge. We have a partially obstructed avenue formed by the Wheatfield Fork of the Gualala River that allows for some fog and copious cool air penetration. The vineyard sits on a hilltop that is ... Read more
Peay Vineyards is located in the far northwestern corner of Sonoma County approximately 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean near Sea Ranch. The vineyard is situated along the coast, but not on the very first ridge. We have a partially obstructed avenue formed by the Wheatfield Fork of the Gualala River that allows for some fog and copious cool air penetration. The vineyard sits on a hilltop that is not way up in the air, but just at the top of the fog level, low enough to be very cool, but high enough not to be too cool and wet to grow grapes. We think it is the perfect combination of climatological factors. California has a diverse range of microclimates. Our hilltop vineyard also expresses many subtle variations depending on whether it faces south, southeast or west; sits high on the hilltop in the afternoon breeze with full sun; or rests lower on the slope with greater fog influence and less sunlight. But make no mistake, this is pretty cool climate for grape growing. We cross our fingers hoping that the fruit will ripen before rains start in late October/early November. In some years, getting it ripe may be a challenge. But that is why we produce superior fruit. Due to the cool climate we have a long growing season with moderate temperatures ideal for maximizing the production of intense flavors and phenolic compounds that result in complex wines. And we will always have plenty of acid to provide structure. No flabby, overripe wines here. Read less

The 2013 Cep Rosé is refreshing, crisp, bright rosé that has verve, pairs well with spring and summer cuisine, and can be enjoyed without having to pick yourself up off the lawn. It is made from Pinot Noir grown on Hopkins Ranch in the heart of the Russian River Valley. It is rare to find true Rosé made from Pinot Noir as it is a very expensive grape and you cannot charge much for Rosé (with a few notable exceptions). Picked early, it is pressed off to tank and bottled in January. Not yet reviewed; 2012 vintage rated 89 points by International Wine Cellar.

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