Our Sparkling Rosé follows in the tradition of the world’s greatest Champagne. The first rosé Champagne was sold in France in 1764 and is believed to have been created by mistake - the winemaker left the skins of the grapes on too long, hence creating a beautiful, pale pink color. Eventually, the method for making rosé Champagne was perfected and hasn’t changed since - for over 200 years the world has been longing for “rosé all day” - including us at Corner 103!
This Sparkling Rosé celebrates the glory of Sonoma County’s grape varietal diversity. This wine takes Pinot Noir (78%) and Chardonnay (18%), both from Carneros, and blends them with Syrah (2%) from Knights Valley and Sémillon (2%) from Russian River. Sémillon is a Bordeaux varietal commonly used to add a hint of zest and sweetness to wine, such as Sauternes. It helps make our Sparkling Rosé one of the most unique being produced in the US.
It makes for a perfect aperitif for special occasions, or, here at Corner 103 - a fabulous every day indulgence.
This is a vibrant and refreshing sparkling wine with a hint of strawberry and ginger on the nose, and a taste of rose water, pink grapefruit and raspberry on the finish.
Bronze Medal: 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition;
Bronze Medal: 2016 Finger Lakes Intl. Wine Competition
Our Sparkling Rosé is crafted from grapes from the Carneros AVA in Sonoma County, just a few miles south of our Sonoma tasting room. The cool climate of the Carneros makes for optimal growing conditions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These grapes benefit from cool ocean breezes at night and hot days, the latter which help the grapes mature slowly, with balanced acid.
We produced only 400 cases of this wine. The grapes were harvested on September 10th, 11th, 12th, and 14th of 2012. This wine spent 18 months on triage prior to disgorging and was bottle on July 19, 2013.
Food Pairing Notes
Our Sparkling Rosé is extremely versatile and very food friendly. Serve it as an aperitif alongside a fresh, soft cow's milk cheese like Brie or a triple creme like Mt. Tam. Sparkling does not have to be regulated as a celebratory drink, either. It's a perfect pairing with fried chicken, grilled lobster or shrimp, or a savory roast lamb.