Vaughn-Duffy Rose 2011, 750 mlfrom Vaughn-Duffy (View all)
Best to let Matt Duffy describe his wine:
“We have increasingly come to enjoy dry Rose wine whenever a thirst-quenching and refreshing beverage is required. Served chilled on a warm summer evening, Rose wines complement a wide range of foods and give you something tasty to enjoy when it is too warm to drink a red wine and youre not in the mood to drink beer.
Our Rose of Pinot Noir was made in the saignée method, meaning that it was made using juice that was bled off from the must destined to make Pinot Noir. It is common for Pinot Noir winemakers to bleed off a percentage of the juice in their freshly destemmed grapes in order to increase the skin-to-juice ratio and create a more concentrated Pinot Noir. In fact, the juice is often discarded by producers whose sole focus is top-flight Pinot Noir. I?ve seen hundreds if not thousands of gallons of premium grape juice sent down the drain.
Knowing this, we set aside a handful of old oak barrels for harvest in 2010 with the purpose of rescuing some of this juice. And I?m glad we did. We were able to fill our barrels with juice that has made some outstanding Rose. Using some of our own Pinot Noir bleed off, but much more juice that was donated to our cause, we have ended up with a Rose that is dry, has mouth-watering acidity and is laden with dried cranberry and strawberry flavors. It is perfect for summertime barbeques and front-porch sipping.
When we decided to bottle this wine for a commercial release we also wanted to recognize the fact that our juice basically appeared out of nowhere. We would like pass on this good fortune and will donate $1 of every bottle sold to local Sonoma County charitable organizations. ”
FOOD PAIRING IDEA: Brussels Sprout, Pancetta and Parmesan Flatbreads
|Bottle size (ml)||750 ml|
|Residual Sugar||7.4 g/l|
|Cellar potential||Drink now|
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The Vaugh-Duffy winery emerged from winemaker Matt Duffy and wife Sarah Vaughn's names and dedicated work at building a winery and brand from virtually just their bare hands. Matt learned his craft not at the desks of Davis wine school but from making other peoples' wines at a Santa Rosa crush facility. "By watching the great work and also mistakes of our clients over the years I learned a lot in a short amount of time, especially about what not to do...!", Matt explained and it certainly shows in his newly founded estate's inaugural bottlings that burst out of their gates at quality levels that rival the best of their trade while showing a maturity of style that is quite astonishing.
Here at Winemonger we jumped at the opportunity to take these wines to market. At Vaughn-Duffy great personalities meet mature taste and craft, packaged quite uniquely and with a youthful kick to it. We look forward to seeing this great new winery grow.
Russian River Valley is an AVA in Sonoma County, CA, accounting for about one sixth of the acreage planted in the county. Although a couple dozen different grapes are planted here, It has earned a reputation as a source for fine California Pinot Noir, as well as for Chardonnay; additionally the two varieties are frequently found happily bubbling together in the region's good sparkling wines. Soils range from sandstones to loams to alluvial deposits, and the climate is characterized by extreme swings in temperature between daytime and night, thanks to the fogs that roll inland from the nearby Pacific Ocean..