Pinot Noir’s wild cherry and violet/rose jump out on the nose along with some talc and blood orange. The taste is pure pleasure…a smack of melon, plum and red berry/cherry and bright acidity that lifts the fruitiness up a couple of notches. Has a lightness and tang that appeals to those that seek the driest style of Rosé, and the fruit to remind you what wine is made from.
Stephane Vivier is one of Northern California’s best winemakers. His (and his wife’s) Vivier wines focus on Pinot Noir. He also makes Long Meadow Ranch’s Anderson Valley wines and continues on as the Hyde de Villaine Head Winemaker. Simply put, for my palate, I would choose a Chardonnay or Pinot Noir made by Mr. Vivier over any other California winemaker. This Vivier Rosé and the Vivier Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir are two of the best buys you’ll find.