With over 30 years of winemaking experience, Joel Aiken knows the vineyards and growers capable of producing exceptional grapes for his wines. This includes his new Pinot Noir Rose, one of the best Pinot Noir produced by Aiken Wines to date. Aiken Wines is also known for producing excellent Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Grape

The grapes for this premier Pinot Noir Rose come from vines located in the cool region south of the city of Napa and just east of Carneros. The source fruit is a combination of two distinct Pinot Noir varietal clones. The blended Pommard and Roederer clones produce a light salmon colored rose and a wine so refreshing as to join the ranks of the best Pinot Noir on the market.

To produce this exquisite wine, the grapes were gently handled, beginning with hand harvesting done at night. Cluster and berry sorting occurred in the winery before destemming, then after a few hours of skin contact, the skins were separated from the lightly colored juice. Stainless steel tanks were used for fermentation to preserve the bright, fresh fruit character.

The Wine

The 2017 vintage of Aiken Wines Pinot Noir Rose is one of the best Pinot Noir on record. Bottled in February 2018, this 100% Pinot Noir will pair well with lighter summertime fare. The mouthwatering ripe apple and pear aroma is coupled with a crisp citrus character that lingers on your palate.

The Winemaker: Aiken Wines

After spending decades as a prominent Napa Valley wine maker, Joel Aiken’s drive for continued improvement prompted him to establish Aiken Wines in 2009. Now recognized as a producer of top rated Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Aiken also produces some of the best Pinot Noir with grapes selected from leading Napa Valley and Sonoma County vineyards. He strives for perfection in all his site-specific wines, which are produced in micro-lots with limited distribution.

Bottled: February 27, 2018 – 54 cases produced

Alcohol Content: 13.2%

Explore all the wonderful wine selections at Aiken Wines, including some of the best Pinot Noir to come out of Napa a fantastic collection of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon!