2018 Foley Johnson Estate Rosé, Rutherford
A lovely pale salmon color in the glass, our 2018 Rosé showcases mouthwatering aromas of ripe raspberries, maraschino cherries and citrus blossom. The palate is bright and fruitful with notes of green apple, wild strawberries and a subtle wet stone minerality. Light bodied with a crisp and refreshing finish.
Food Pairing Notes
Light bodied with a crisp and refreshing finish make this a perfect aperitif or pairing with mild cheeses.
85% Merlot, 15% Zinfandel
Rosato / Rose
Stainless steel, plus 3 months in neutral oak
The 2018 growing season was one of the mildest and smoothest in recent memory. Mild spring weather led to good fruit set in most varietals and moderate weather throughout the year made for ideal growing conditions. There were no major heat spikes, which gave us longer hang-time and great ripening on the vine. While a fairly long harvest, the 2018 crop delivered fruit with complex flavors and was of excellent quality.
Our 2018 Rosé includes 85% Merlot fruit from our Estate in Rutherford, Napa Valley. In addition to its historical importance, Rutherford is a premier region for luxury-class wines farmed in the famous “Rutherford Dust.” The fruit was harvested in early September 2018 and aged in both stainless steel tanks and a small portion in neutral oak barrels to add texture. A portion of Zinfandel was added to the final blend prior to bottling in January 2019.