2010 Kuleto Estate Rosato, Napa Valley
While paler, the 2010 Rosato is not lacking in flavor and has a better balance than previous vintages because it’s less tannic. It still possesses the hallmark cotton candy, strawberry blossom and leaf characteristics of a multi-varietal rosé, yet it has a super-clean, refreshing mouthfeel that moon-walks across the roof of your mouth to the back of your palate.
The Kuleto Estate Rosato is made by ‘bleeding’ or draining juice from just-crushed red grapes before the juice has had a chance to pick up much color from the skins. This juice is transferred to its own tank (without skins) and fermented cold to maximize its fresh fruit and floral characteristics. Just before dryness, the wine is transferred to older French oak puncheons (132 gal. barrels) to complete the fermentation. Malolactic fermentation is prevented by the addition of sulfites at dryness, again to keep the wines as fresh and bright as possible. The resulting blend is very complex and represents the aromatic essence of the estate. A new piece of harvest equipment allowed us to produce our Rosato in a very different manner in 2010. In the past, we had ‘bled’ juice from tanks full of just-crushed fruit. Even after this short time, the juice had picked up significant color. Our new sorting table with drain screen can remove juice within seconds after the berries have been broken in the destemmer, making the Rosato much lighter in color. Only 685 cases were produced.
38% Cabernet Sauvignon 23% Zinfandel 18% Sangiovese 15% Syrah 6% Cabernet Franc
Rosato / Rose
September 28 - October 21, 2010
March 1, 2011
Intense wines from the wilds of Eastern Napa. In 1992, vintner and restaurateur Pat Kuleto founded Kuleto Estate in a remote mountain setting overlooking Lake Hennessey, Pritchard Hill and the towns of Rutherford and St. Helena. The 761-acre ranch features 90 acres of vineyards divided into 80 microblocks based upon soil, exposure, elevation and topography. The wines from Kuleto Estate are always deep, intense and luscious.