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2017 Avant-Garde Pinot Noir Rosé

Sparkling Rosé has long been a staple in the Domaine Carneros line-up of méthode traditionnelle wines. However, since its debut release in 2012 our Avant-Garde Rosé has proved to be a bright, refreshing, and simply gorgeous wine which can be enjoyed year-round. The delicate nose on this wine offers tangerine, rhubarb, and spring flowers.

The process began when we night-picked 6.5 tons of Pommard clone Pinot Noir for its pure expression of delicate summer fruit flavors. The grapes were gently pressed in a whole cluster in the cool morning air to liberate the juice from the skins with minimal contact. Fermentation was conducted in a range of vessels; in stainless barrels to preserve fruit and neutral cooperage to add body and texture. Special yeasts were selected to enhance fruit profile, and the Malo-lactic fermentation was inhibited to preserve acidity.

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