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2004 Brut Rosé
We are pleased to offer you our second vintage of Richard G. Peterson Brut Rosé from our three-acre Pinot Noir Yountville estate. Richard G. Peterson Brut Rosé 2005 is crafted in the Méthode Champenoise style, "7 years on the yeast," by the iconic Dick Peterson. We produced 480 cases, yielded from 11.286 tons, of our 2005 vintage, and we are offering 6 bottles to our most loyal customers. Your confirmed allocation also will give you priority to purchase the subsequent vintage upon release.
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!"
• Grown on the miniscule (2+ acres) Didly Squat Vineyard, 1120 Darms Lane, about 1.5 miles south of Yountville
• Harvest Date: August 23, 2005
• Total Tons: 11.286 (100% Wrotham Clone of Pinot Noir)
• Rough Yield: 1,425 gallons (126 gallons per ton), reduced to 482 cases by winemaking and case stabilization shrinkage
• Tirage Bottling: Domaine Carneros on May 5, 2006. All bottles were aged for a minimum of 7 years en tirage at 60°F at Upper Valley Barrel Warehouse, Maple Lane, St Helena, CA.
• Production: final disgorging and finishing produced 480 cases
&bulll Final Yield: 1,152 gallons or 102 gallons per ton of grapes
• Total Production Time: 8.5 years
The Richard G. Peterson 2005 Brut Rosé, tirage-bottled on May 05, 2005, is ready to enjoy now, and it will age beautifully for years to come. The wine will ship this spring and next fall, in time for all your festive occasions. 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!
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.
Orders will ship pending weather conditions.
TOP SCORING NAPA VALLEY SPARKLING WINE
"Makes a bold statement, with floral strawberry and almond brioche aromas, offering full-bodied yet balanced citrus, graham cracker and cinnamon flavors. Drink now."
- Wine Spectator, October 2013
93 POINTS, CELLAR SELECTION
"Legendary vintner Dick Peterson made this rosé from 100% Pinot Noir grown at his vineyard in Yountville. It's light, crisp and elegant, with intricately layered flavors of strawberries, raspberries, yeast, brioche and vanilla. The mousse is very fine, the finish long and complex. Even at the age of nine years, it's nowhere near ready. Try after 2019."
- Wine Enthusiast, September 2013
"The 242 cases of the 2004 Richard G. Peterson Brut Rosé are a modest tribute to Peterson's talents and long interest in sparkling wine. The wine's orange-ice and wild strawberry character is underscored by a presence of tannin that reminds you this is still very much Pinot Noir, just in a different form."
- Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle Inside Scoop, September 2013 View article
FROM THE ROBB CELLAR
"Peterson is the artist behind some of Napa's most brilliant wines. His latest creation, Richard G. Peterson 2004 Brut Rosé, offers liquid testimony to his mastery of the craft. Its delicate copper color and silky folds of flavor - marzipan, wild strawberry, mandarin orange, fleur de sel, and smoke - recall the complexity of such remarkable achievements as the Dom Pérignon 2000 Rosé and the Krug 1995 Clos d'Ambonnay."
- Robb Report, August 2013 Download PDF
"The first remarkable aspect of the wine is its beautiful peach-salmon color and fine string of beads. The aromas are also striking, reminiscent of a composed dish...a wonderful balance of fruity, bready, and earthy tones, compelling sip after sip. On the palate, the wine continues to impress with soft, mousse-like bubbles gently coating the mouth before a pleasant dry finish. Ample acidity and 12% ABV create a spectacular wine."
- Chasing Pangea blog, August 2013
"Pale pink; rich and complex with deep, yeasty, toasty style; strawberry, raspberry and citrus notes; dense and showing spice and layers of flavor as well as seven years of lees aging; long, lush and juicy; made by superstar winemaker Dick Peterson, Heidi Barrett's father."
- Tasting Panel Magazine, July 2013