Spring has officially arrived across the country, and as temperatures continue to climb, the desire for delicious, refreshing wines increases. Outdoor dining is now an enjoyable option with warm days and nights nearly guaranteed – what could be a better excuse for opening a bottle of Elizabeth Spencer Rosé of Pinot Noir?

Our 2020 Elizabeth Spencer Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast has a beautiful pink hue with brilliant clarity. The enticing aromas are bold with notes of tropical florals, crushed strawberry, and fresh cantaloupe. The wine has excellent acidity with stone fruit notes, reminiscent of white nectarine. Mouth filling and refreshing, the wine has a long lingering fruitful finish that is crisp with a lasting minerality and velvety softness.

We started making rosé in 2004, partially because of a suggestion by Bill Graham, Spencer’s father, a long-time rosé fan and also because it is such a delightful beverage. The nuances of rosé make it a wine for many different occasions, and it can be paired with a multitude of foods making it a perfect wine for entertaining.
A chilled rosé of pinot noir is a delicious quaffing wine, and it pairs so well with a wide variety of foods. Try matching this wine with shrimp and grits, grilled salmon, seared tuna, roast chicken, quiche or risotto with spinach and peas. A charcuterie board laden with salami, prosciutto, soft and hard cheeses like Chèvre, mozzarella, Havarti or an aged Cheddar is a delectable way to try multiple flavors with our rosé.

Our rosé of pinot noir is made from grapes grown in the Sonoma Coast area from our long-time winegrowing partner, Gary Hendricks. Sonoma Coast is blessed with a near perfect long growing season, with sunny days and almost no rain from May through September. Average temperatures in the summer range from the 70s to the low 90s – ideal for ripening grapes –with cool evening temperatures in the 40s and low 50s. The Pacific Ocean provides this cooling maritime influence, bringing cool air through the Petaluma Gap. The daily summer fog patterns provide great cool climate conditions for varieties like pinot noir. Vineyard yields tend to be smaller, and grapes ripen later, developing wonderful flavors and fruit characteristics while maintaining ideal levels of acidity.

With outdoor dining so much a part of our lives in these warmer months, we suggest you make sure you have a good stock of Rosé of Pinot Noir on hand. Magnums are great for sharing, providing a group of four with two and a half glasses per person. A three liter is the perfect addition to a party or gathering – have your guests sign the bottle as a keepsake, for remembering the occasion long after the wine has been enjoyed. Sip, sit back and let the heat pass you by with this cool wine for warm weather.