2013 Napa Valley Rosato
California: Napa Valley
A Rosé by any other name
Today’s Swanson Vineyards 2013 Napa Valley Rosato is a 100% Sangiovese rosé that will quickly get you in the right frame of mind for a warm, relaxing summer day.
When we reach for a rosé, wines like today’s are exactly what we have in mind. From the beautiful coppery pink color to hints of fresh red fruit and sweet earth, today’s wine is a refreshing sipper with just the right amount of heft and complexity to keep things interesting.
Drink up, dear Operative - a bottle full of summertime fun awaits!
A beautiful coppery-toned ruby in the glass, with a slight glint of salmon pink.
Really lovely aromatics, with a slight mineral earthiness on top of the expected notes of red fruit. Fresh wild strawberry, bright red cherry, and guava are paired with quince, orange blossom, dried rose petal, and the previously mentioned earthy minerality.
A well balanced and juicy flavor profile, with generous notes of fresh cherry, watermelon, and Meyer lemon leading the way. These fruity elements are quickly followed by orange oil, lime flower, and hints of white flower petals.
With a great balance between fresh fruit flavors and light acidity, this is the perfect summertime rosé.
Fresh seafood salad with avocado.
What the Winery Says
Salmon-pink in appearance, the 2013 Rosato is very approachable, with the fresh, crisp and fruity qualities of a good white wine, yet the mouth feel and structure more expected of a red wine. Aromas of fresh strawberry, watermelon and bright red cherry are the lead-in to a wine with superb balance between fruit and acidity. This Rosato pairs with nearly all dishes, but some of our favorites remain sushi, paella, roast chicken and most seafood.
Vineyard Notes All fruit for the 2013 Swanson Napa Valley Rosato (Rosé of Sangiovese) was grown in one small block at the Antica Vineyard in the Atlas Peak appellation, where rocky, alluvial soils keep the vines small and the fruit concentrated in ﬂavor and aroma.
- Chris Phelps
- Napa Valley
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Sangiovese
- Cold fermented in Stainless Steel tanks
- Barrel Regime
- 42 hours skin contact for color & flavor extraction
About the Winery
Swanson Vineyards owns 100 acres along the Oakville Cross Road in Oakville, located next to Opus One and Silver Oak Cellars. Swanson soils are part of geological history dating back to the formation of Napa Valley. The soils on the valley floor are clay loam, alluvial in nature, laid down as sediment from the frequent flooding over the millenia. It is here that our 100 acres produce wines of great elegance and finesse.
It is to these soils that Swanson Vineyards’ wines owe their wonderful aromas, flavors and complexities. The vines are further nurtured by the use of a variety of rootstock, clones, spacing and trellis systems, all selected to enhance the capabilities of the soil. The winemaker’s challenge is to ensure that all the potential of our vineyards is captured and reflected in our wines.
Winemaker Robin Akhurst
Robin Akhurst’s road to Napa took him around the globe through eight consecutive and exhausting harvests, picking up an impressive list of mentors along the way. Robin came to Napa Valley in 2009, working with winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown of Outpost and Schrader Cellars. He joined Envy Cellars as winemaker in 2010 where he has made the highly regarded Envy and Carter wines. A native of Scotland, Robin brings vast international experience from the cellars of New Zealand (where he received a graduate degree in viticulture and enology from Lincoln University in Christchurch), France** and Australia including Two Hands Winery in the Barossa Valley and Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy.
Robin deftly leads the winemaking team, including Assistant Winemaker Tony Herrera, who has been with us for 11 years, and Chris Phelps with his new, honorable “Winemaker Emeritus” title. Not only do we have the continuity of our seasoned team, we have a fresh and talented new palate to help guide the Swanson wines to the next level. Marco Capelli continues to make the Swanson Vineyards dessert wines including Angelica, Crepescule and Tardif.