Rose, 2020. Fontaine

Rose, 2020. Fontaine

Item #: R0421R2DC
Vintage: 2019
Varietal: Rose
Vineyard/Appellation: Potter Valley, Mendocino County, California
Color: Light Salmon
Nose: Rose Petals
Palate: Piquant
Finish: Touch of Pear
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2022/Seafood, Shellfish/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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After graduating from Notre Dame in 1960, Guinness McFadden joined the navy and served in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star for his bravery. Following his discharge, he enrolled in the Stanford Business School with the thought of creating a career in business.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your perspective, Stanford isn't too far from Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino. Once Guinness took a look at Mendocino's Potter Valley, he decided against the pinstripe world of business and opted instead to plant grape vines.

Potter Valley was unknown as a wine region back in the 1970s. It was thought of as too cold. Undeterred, he persisted in planting his vines and converted to organic farming in 1991. Eventually, his grapes were of such high quality that he was able to sell them to "the big boys" in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino like Mondavi, Montelena, Beringer, and Fetzer.

In 2011, the family decided to launch a secondary label, Blue Quail, and in 2019, they created Fontaine, named after Guinness's daughter. By now Pinot Noir was the talk of the vineyards here. Sonoma and Mendocino were crafting great wines from this grape, and though it made incredible rose, it was too expensive to make ros? from. Well, not if you're the McFadden family who already owns the land and has no debts to worry about.

The McFaddens crafted this dry rose from 100% Pinot Noir. It packs all the flavor and complexity that the grape can muster in a bottle. From the rose petals, cherry and cotton candy to the slight peach in the finish, it delivers on all levels and is ready to crush a fresh albacore steak with lemon zest and thyme.