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Cep, Hopkins Ranch, Rosé, Russian River Valley 2019


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The 2019 Hopkins Rosé of Pinot noir smells like champagne; there are hints of strawberry and cranberry aromas with some yeasty notes though it is not flamboyant or fruity in any sense. The attack is bright and clean as you would expect from an intentional Rosé made by pressing off Pinot noir grapes – clones 113 and 115 - with no extended skin contact other than the press cycle. It is fermented in tank and the texture is fresh with medium to light body and quite a surprisingly long, salty finish.