Cep Vineyards 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA, USA - DECANTsf

Cep Vineyards 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA, USA

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Cep Vineyards 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA, USA

Cep means vine stock in French. Cep Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay are made from barrels of wine that do not make it into one of the Peay wines. All the  blending for the Peay cuvées is done blind – without knowing the amount  each potential wine will make to keep the finance guy honest – so they  choose the wine that best expresses the cuvée and the vintage. After all the wines for the vintage are put together, Vanessa will blend extra barrels into the wines that become Cep. They are delicious and at half the  price of Peay an incredible steal. 

Winemaker: Vanessa Wong

Variety: Pinot Noir

Farming: Organic

Terroir:  4 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, with a strong cool climate influence. Uplifted ancient seabed, mingles with sandy loam and hints of clay. 

Vinification: Stainless steel, no malolactic. 

From our March 2021 Bottle Club Notes:

Hopkins Ranch is a special little plot of vines that Vanessa Wong has had her eyes on for a long time. One day, they rang up the owner of the ranch and asked if they could start sourcing some fruit from him. Since the PEAY Vineyards label is dedicated only to their high-elevation winemaking from vineyards they own, they created a second label that is, in part, dedicated to variety-specific wines from outside their Annapolis estate. Outside of their estate vines, Vanessa only works with Hopkins Ranch. Cep makes a rosé and sauvignon blanc from this Russian River Valley vineyard- where the warmer temperatures bring out a textural richness in a Pinot Noir  rosé that could not duplicated in their much cooler climate estate vineyards up north. 

    This Rosé of Pinot Noir reminds us in part of a Rosé Champagne- tart cranberry, white strawberry, and a light flower blossom that is just the quintessential nose of a bright, free-run juice rosé from a stellar vineyard in the Russian River Valley.

    What should we enjoy with a Cep rosé outside of just great company and a bit of sunshine? Well, if that’s not enough, let’s try some favorites:

    Melons wrapped in prosciutto, summer peaches sliced over toasted bread with melted brie, shrimp on the barbie, or a tasty char siu bao! 

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