2012 Chiara Rosé |
Rosé of Zinfandel | ESV | NV | 152 cases | $35 btl
The Chiara Rosé from Chiarello Vineyards is back! Making a
Rosé wine in red wine country took some convincing, but Michael
realized he could make an especially interesting one. Our Chiara
Rosé comes from Old Vine Zinfandel grapes. As we bleed off juice to
concentrate our red wine, the by-product is terrific juice tinged
with beautiful rose color, just ready for barrel-fermentation. And
voila, a full-bodied Rosé of Zinfandel, rich with tropical fruits
and berries. Pairs wonderfully with a wide array of foods. Equally
as good in summer as in early fall and with Holiday meats!
2012 at the Chiarello estate yielded a bumper crop of the highest
quality. After a five-hour cold soak, we utilized some saignée
(bled-off juice) as well as free-run press juice to create our
first rosé in years. Partially-fermented on the skins for added
character and iridescence. Salmon color. Cherries, strawberries,
watermelon, gooseberries, kiwi. Serve at 45 to 49
Chiarello Family Vineyards | chiarellovineyards.com |
OWNERSHIP: Michael Chiarello - Chef, author, TV host
& 25-yr Napa Valley resident.
FOUNDED: 1998 by Michael Chiarello; 1998 Petite
Sirah/1998 Zinfandel first releases.
Michael Chiarello - Principal, Winegrower [Food & Wine Magazine
"Chef of the Year"]
Eileen Chiarello - Principal, Director |
Thomas Rivers Brown - Winemaker [Food & Wine Magazine
"Winemaker of the Year"]
Amigo Bob Cantisano - Organic Viticultural Consultant
Brandon St.Martin - Sommelier, Sales | 707.812.3611 |
APPELLATION: St.Helena American Viticultural Area
(within Napa Valley AVA)
VINEYARDS: 20 acres of pre-Prohibition era estate
vineyards, organically dry-farmed.
CELLARS: CFV grapes are vinified, cellared and bottled
at Outpost/Howell Mountain.
PRODUCTION: 1500 to 2500 cases total annual
production, based on vintage yields
Qualify for very limited Simpatico Membership with $2,000+ annually
of any CFV wines.
VIP status, access and events at CFV and Chiarello restaurants
Private wine tastings at V-Marketplace in Yountville [Thu-Sun
- Wine talks, tastings, NapaStyle food pairings, in a beautiful
courtyard (1 hr)
Drop-in tastings at NapaStyle or by glass/bottle at Bottega in
Cabernet Sauvignon, "Eileen"
PRE-RELEASE | Napa
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, "Eileen" | Est Single-Vineyard, Clone 7,
550 cases [$85]
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, "Bambino" | ESV, Clones 337, 7, 191, 221
2010 Petite Sirah, "Roux" | ESV, 100+ Year Vines, loam soils, 106
2010 Zinfandel, "Felicia" | ESV, 100+ Year Vines, loam soils, 110
2011 Zinfandel, "Giana" | ESV, loam soils, Rafanelli Clone, 554
2012 Ribolla Gialla, "Chiara Bianco" | Napa, unfiltered,
unfined, 324 cases [$45]
2012 Rosé of Zinfandel, "Chiara Rosé" | ESV, Saignée/first-run, 152