Updates from Enologist Brian Menconi
Having recently completed racking for the 2012 vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Heritage along with the 2013 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the winemaking team is preparing for bottling in late June to early July. A necessary stage during winemaking, racking is the process of moving wine from one barrel to another and in effect clarifying wine by separating the sediment from the liquid. By using gravity in lieu of a filter or pump which can be disruptive, this practice assists in the stabilization of wine. Once racking is completed, the team will be turning their attention the 2013 vintage as they prepare pre-blends for the Bordeaux varietals which will still have another year to age in barrels before they are bottled.
In addition to the opening of the new tasting room, there is plenty to look forward to this year at Roth. Foley Family Wines is excited to announce that Leslie Mead Renaud has joined the Roth team as Director of Winemaking and will be overseeing the launch of a new wine program featuring small lot (150-200 cases) of single vineyard concept wines to be exclusively sold in the tasting room. Construction on the cave system has already broken ground and will span 10,000 square feet, increasing Roth’s wine storage capacity by 930 barrels upon completion in early 2015. When finished, guests can look forward to cave tours and intimate sit down tastings in the alcoves.
In other exciting Roth news, four of our wines won gold medals at the 2014 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge. Be sure to taste these award-winning wines at the grand opening of the new Roth tasting room. Mark your calendars for June 28th, 2014 and we will see you at the Roth Grand Opening!
96 Points - 2010 Roth Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley – “Powerful, precise, perfection, dark rich full bodied, provocative”
95 Points – 2012 Roth Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast – “Clean fruit, pear, green apple, long creamy finish”
94 Points – 2011 Roth Estate Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast – “Floral, spicy, deep, even, rich and fleshy”
92 Points – 2012 Roth Sauvignon Blanc, Alexander Valley – “Approachable, easy to drink”