Richard G Peterson 2012 Napa Valley Sparkling Brut Rose

Richard G. Peterson

2012 Richard G. Peterson Brut Rosé

Crafted in the Methode Champenoise style, the RGP 2012 Brut Rosé hails from Dick's three-acre estate in Yountville and was aged 4 years en tirage. This wine oozes flavors of toasted brioche and crushed strawberries, and it even exudes graham cracker aromas. The mousse is very fine, offering a long and complex finish with great backbone acidity.

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!"

The Wine

The Richard G. Peterson 2012 Brut Rosé, will be ready this spring, and it will age beautifully for years to come. The price remains $175/bottle. Allocations will be strictly limited to one six-pack per customer and awarded on a first-in basis. Given the small production, we encourage you to secure your bubbles quickly!

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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.

For more information call us at 1-707-251-9300 or email us at info@amusebouchewine.com.

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Points
James Suckling
December 12, 2016
"A soft and velvety rosé with light cream and peach character. Full-bodied and fruity. Very little of this is made. Drink now.