At the beginning of the twentieth century, Angela and Vincenzo Graziano immigrated to America from Piedmont, and settled in Mendocino County where he started growing grapes and making wine in 1918. During Prohibition, Vincenzo resorted to selling grapes to home winemakers on the east coast and bootlegging wine to support his family. Surviving both Prohibition and the Great Depression, Vincenzo and some local grape growers formed the Mendocino Vineyards Winery. Eventually, Vincenzo's son Joseph and grandson Gregory would follow Vincenzo into the trade. Now on to the fourth generation, Alexandra, a graduate of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, is continuing the family tradition.
This 2020 Pinot Noir Rose comes from the Nube Bianco Vineyard, Potter Valley, at the headwaters of the Russian River. The high altitude, rich soils, short growing season, warm days, and cool nights produce an abundance of fruity aromas and flavors, and a crisp acidity in the grapes. The wine ferments for eight days and is aged for four months in French Burgundy barrels.
The color of this wine is a classic light salmon pink. It possesses fresh aromas and flavors of cherry, raspberry, and watermelon, with a bright clean dry finish. A balanced acidity and crisp dry finish make this a perfect aperitif, paired with prosciutto and melon or caprese salad, especially while drinking or dining "al fresco". Pair this Rose with seafood dishes such as grilled salmon, fresh crab cakes or brandade with crusty baguette slices. This will also pair with more delicate meats such as chicken, serve as chicken salad or chicken tacos.