|Winery||Francis Coppola Sofia|
|Varietal(s)||70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Pinot Noir|
The 2017 Sofia Rosé boasts striking aromas, where notes of raspberry, tangerine, and peach mingle with scents of coriander, rose petals, and crisp minerals. The palate is fresh and elegant with a gorgeous balance of fruit and vibrant natural acidity. The clarity and sophistication of this vintage makes it all the more alluring.
The 2017 vintage unfolded early once again but experienced the first rainy winter in years. The much-needed precipitation in California had a healthy effect on the vines. Though Monterey County normally experiences a chilly spring, temperatures were more moderate this year, transitioning nicely into summer, where even at the height of the season, nighttime temperatures dipped significantly thereby extending the season and making harvest easy and gradual over a number of weeks.
The southern portion of Monterey County is regarded as California’s top area for Rhône varietals such as Grenache and Syrah. In this region, the vines experience a diurnal pattern where warm daytime temperatures may drop nearly 50 degrees in the evening. This condition helps the fruit ripen slowly over a long period of time and develop deep flavor intensity.