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Au Contraire
Au Contraire Pinot Noir Rose, Russian River Valley
Grape VarietiesPinot Noir
AppellationRussian River Valley
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Production areaRussian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA. The wine is grown in two vineyards: Stony Point Road in the heart of the Russian River Valley, and one on Burnside Road in Russian River's Green Valley.
BackgroundAu Contraire wines are crafted for those who aim to live life to the fullest, who revel in turning the every day ordinary into something extraordinary. Our wines celebrate the spirit of taking on any challenge in life, no matter how insurmountable it may seem. This irresistible joie de vivre is artfully embodied on each Au Contraire label with a playful illustration that turns expectations on their heads. Taub Family Vineyards was inspired by beloved company founder, David S. Taub, who touched everyone he met with his charisma, compassion and tenacity. He would often use the phrase "Au Contraire!" to motivate colleagues, friends and family to seek out creative solutions and accomplish unexpected results. These expressive wines from top vineyards in Russian River Valley are dedicated to David's infectious approach to life. Outstanding quality is guaranteed by legendary California enologist, Tom Hinde, and his experienced team of viticulturists and winemakers. This premium rose is sourced from the heart of the Russian River Valley's ideal Pinot Noir sites, including Green Valley, the most distinctive AVA of the North Coast.
VinificationThe Pinot Noir grapes were crushed then pressed at .04 bar to allow skin contact and color extraction. The fresh juice is then fermented in stainless steel tanks for 30 days using a long cold fermenting yeast, VL3 at 55° F.
ColorDelicate blush pink
NoseCheerful aromas of cherry, strawberry and quince with a hint of citrus.
PalateFirm on the palate with a delightfully crisp finish and lingering orange zest.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.8 %pH: 3.47RS: 1.25TA: 6.6 g/L
Serving SuggestionsEnjoy with fresh fish, poultry, all types of cheeses, appetizers and snacks.