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Richard G. Peterson 2012 Napa Valley Sparkling Brut Rose

Richard G. Peterson

2013 Richard G. Peterson Brut Rosé

Crafted in the Méthode Champenoise style, the 2013 Richard G. Peterson Brut Rosé is produced from 100% estate grown Pinot Noir from our two-acre parcel in Yountville, Napa Valley. Our Méthode Champenoise was aged for 5 years on the yeast, en tirage, prior to disgorging. RGP is crisp, dry with firm acidity boasting flavors of citrus, strawberry, brioche toast and a hint of cardamom spice! Excellent to enjoy now, or to cellar for twenty years from vintage date. Only 300 cases produced.

The Winemaker

Dick Peterson has been an innovator in the California wine industry since the 1960s. As a young man, he produced novel products such as the first wine cooler for Seagrams and Gallo's Hearty Burgundy. He was pivotal to the success of a portfolio of wineries, including Beaulieu Vineyards with Andre Tchelistcheff, the Monterey Vineyard, Atlas Peak Vineyards and Folie à Deux Winery. Dick invented many techniques still in use today, such as the "bung-and-roll," the practice of rolling a barrel to prevent the wood bung from drying. Scientist Peterson proved that winemakers do not need to "top off" barrels of wine, because the space between the wine and the barrel is, in fact, a vacuum rather than air, so the wine cannot oxidize as feared. Perhaps his greatest invention was the steel barrel pallet, which allowed barrels to be stacked higher and more securely. In response to a relatively recent threat to our vineyards, Dick developed the "DP Screw," which delivers antibiotics to vines stricken with Pierce's disease. It's no wonder that Dick Peterson's hero is Ben Franklin: "I've read everything about him!"

We are thrilled to celebrate Dick Peterson's contributions to the California wine industry with this effervescent, limited production project; and we are committed to creating a truly remarkable vintage sparkling wine for years to come.

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Antonio Galloni
2013 Vintage
"The 2013 Brut Rosé Richard G. Peterson is deep, powerful and resonant in the glass, with terrific palate presence and richness. In this vintage, the Brut Rosé is distinctly Pinot-driven in both its flavors and textures. White pepper, chalk and generous red berry overtones fill out the wine's ample frame nicely. This is another superb showing from Dick Peterson, one of the true innovators in the California wine industry"
Antonio Galloni
2012 Vintage
"Dick Peterson's 2012 Brut Rosé is fabulous. Creamy and silky on the palate, the 2012 impresses for its textural elegance and overall feel. The flavors are bright, focused and sculpted throughout, with striking inner sweetness and finesse to play off the pliant, generous fruit. The 2012 spent four years on its lees, which is a bit less than the first releases. The shorter aging is probably a benefit, as the 2012 has tremendous fruit presence and even more finesse than the early editions."
James Suckling
2012 Vintage
"A soft and velvety rosé with light cream and peach character. Full-bodied and fruity. Very little of this is made. Drink now.