Grochau Cellars “Joyride” Rosé Pet'Nat, 2020
This effervescent Willamette Valley Pèt-Nat Pinot Noir rosé has a touch of Pinot Blanc. Bright and refreshing, this is an ideal sparkling choice reminiscent of sunny days.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Willamette Valley
SUB-REGION: Willamette Valley
VINEYARD(S): Lia’s Vineyard, Yamhill Valley Vineyard
GRAPES: 95% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Blanc
PRACTICE: Organic, sustainable, vegan friendly
VINIFICATION: Neutral oak fermentation, aged 7 months on the lees, carbon dioxide added under pressure “Charmat” style.
STYLE: Pètillant-Naturel (Natural Sparkling)
COLOR: Brick, pale pink
BODY: Light (1-2)
TASTE: Dry, effervescent
PRIMARY AROMAS: Bright floral
FLAVOR: Spiced cherry; creamy, lush, dry finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION:
Chill, then chill. Ideal for the next picnic or pre-dinner gathering with good company.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
“John Grochau was first introduced to wine and the winemaking landscape in his early 20’s, while racing bicycles for a French team in the Loire Valley. For several years, he raced through some of France’s most revered winemaking regions including Champagne, Burgundy and the across the Loire Valley. When he returned to his hometown of Portland, Oregon, he went to work in the restaurant business and quickly discovered an even greater appreciation for wine. That passion led him to Brick House Vineyards, where he worked alongside winemaker Doug Tunnel for four years. With Grochau’s restaurant experience, there was a natural progression as a winemaker to craft food-friendly wines that enhance a meal. Grochau strives to make wines that are balanced, textured and expressive of place. Inspired by the diversity of the Willamette Valley’s soils and microclimates, Grochau sources fruit from seven organic and sustainably farmed vineyards. Grapes are hand-harvested and wines undergo a slow, natural fermentation. Working with grape varieties with a legacy in the Willamette Valley – namely Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc – Grochau also seeks to showcase the potential of emerging varieties like Melon de Bourgogne and Gamay.”*
ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
“Located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The elevation ranges from 380 to 560 feet and the aspect is primarily due south. The soils are mostly Jory, a dark reddish brown silty clay loam, with a transition to sedimentary series around the 400′ contour.”*
Yamhill Valley Vineyards:
“Located in the foothills of Oregon’s Coast Range Mountains, this property enjoys a unique soil of heavy clay and marine sediments that helps produce wines with incredibly intense flavor and structure.”*