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A family winery, owner and winemaker Peter Rosback has kept his operation small. His focus is 100% winemaking, and over the years, with little PR, more and more people have sought out his tiny combination lab/tasting room. His followers love the big, dense, rich style that is his trademark.
Peter’s focus in the vineyard is to get ripe and balanced fruit; in the cellar it’s to wring from the fruit focused flavors and ripe, controlled tannins. “I’m trying to ratchet-up flavor intensity,” he says simply.
A key strategy is to keep crop sizes low. “Cropping low increases the intensity of the fruit you get,” Peter explains, “it gives you more minerality—which I notice more in the whites—and the fruit ripens faster because there’s less work for the plant to do. So in every way cropping low plays to making more intense wines.”
For example, Peter recently took an acre of what he considers his best pinot gris vineyard and cropped to a single ton of fruit—just one cluster per shoot. While this is not uncommon for the most expensive pinot noirs, it is highly unusual for the lower-priced pinot gris, “It’s a tremendous wine,” Peter says of the results, “but I’ll probably lose money on it. Yet when I taste the fruit and the wine side-by-side, I have to ask why I’d bother doing anything else, it is so good!”
Sineann is a small producer of highly sought after wine in Yamhill County, Oregon. Winemaker Peter Rosback sources his fruit from some of the best vineyards in the region; Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley and the Hood River Valley, Cabernet, Merlot and Zinfandel from the Columbia Valley, Gewurztraminer from the Willamette Valley and the Columbia Gorge.
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Region||Yamhill County, Oregon|