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POSEIDON VINEYARD Rosé  "Rosé for the Bay" Pinot Noir  "Sea Level" Napa Carneros 2019

Retail Price: $26

Value Rating: 3.5

Wine Factor: 1
Date Posted: December 7, 2020
Cases Produced: 550

Scores & Value Ratings Explained

DDWA Score: 90

Great Value


The Poseidon Rosé for the Bay is an altruistic venture and a damn good wine to boot. 100% Pinot Noir from Poseidon’s Carneros Estate vineyard, picked intentionally for Rosé. Wild red cherry, watermelon Jolly Rancher, lime sqeeze and dried orange peels come to mind in this crisp, vibrant Rosé that is both restrained yet not lacking in any way. True it’s a “summer wine” at heart…in MY heart it’s a 365 day wine (366 in leap years).

From the winery: “Poseidon Rosé for the Bay is vinified in support of the San Francisco Baykeeper. Peter Molnar, Co-Founder of Poseidon Vineyard, is a member of Baykeeper’s Board of Directors and a lifelong sailor and Bay swimmer. 100% of our winery proceeds from this limited production will go directly to Baykeeper, helping to fund their work, including buying fuel for patrol runs, paying for laboratory analysis and funding long-term legal actions to stop the Bay’s worst polluters. To learn more about the Baykeeper’s efforts, click here.”

“As our Pinot Noir harvest nears, we identify a few rows in the vineyard just for this wine. Picking for rosé is different from picking for still red wine—we want to capture the bright acidity of the berries. We give the juice a little time with the skins for the magical color, then ferment slowly over a few weeks in a very small tank, at very cold temperature, to lock in the fresh flavors. To retain the wine’s liveliness, we bottle it shortly after fermentation.” Alex Beloz, Winemaker

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