Winery: “The wine is a pale, peachy salmon, with a soft gentle mousse. The nose is slightly toasty, with cherry, biscuit, and clean, mossy, forest floor – like one would find in older California Pinot Noir. The palate is bright acid and rich, marzipan, and unripe strawberries.”96 Points, Wine Advocate: “The 2018 Tradition Sparkling Rosé is a new cuvée from Cruse Wine Co. Made using the traditional method, it is composed of 68% Pinot Noir and 32% Chardonnay from several vineyards including Rorick Heritage in Sierra Foothills, Alder Springs in Mendocino, Keefer Ranch in Sonoma and Linda Vista in Napa. “Vins clairs don’t often taste great,” notes winemaker Michael Cruse. “But the 2018 rosé tasted incredible from barrel.” Cruse Wine Co.’s sparklings are technically non-vintage-you won’t find the vintage listed on the label-but this first iteration is composed entirely of fruit from the 2018 vintage. Grapes were fermented in barrel and disgorged with six grams per liter dosage after two years on the lees. About 7% red wine was added to the blend to produce its medium cherry-pink color, and it has 5.5 bars of pressure. The nose offers a layered, singular perfume of warm peaches and strawberries, biscuit, spring butter and toast, expertly balancing ripe California fruit and savory autolytic character. Medium-bodied and dry, the palate is intense and savory, with biscuit-laced flavors and bright bursts of pure raspberry character. It has a fine, creamy texture, a long finish and loads of personality! 565 cases were made.”Bottle 750ml Varietal68% Pinot Noir, 32% ChardonnayAlcohol 13%RegionCalifornia
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