L’Ecole No. 41 2011 Alder Ridge Vineyard Grenache Rosé, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

By on March 6, 2013

Washington wineOwner/winemaker Marty Clubb has been using Grenache from acclaimed Alder Ridge Vineyard in the southern Horse Heaven Hills for many years, primarily as a blending component for his Columbia Valley Syrah. The cool 2011 vintage, however, provided an opportunity to make a rare vineyard-designated rosé in small, exclusive quantities. The resulting wine opens with aromas of strawberry, watermelon, rosewater and red licorice. On the palate, it reveals delicious flavors of strawberry and Rainier cherry. Its tantalizing flavors combine with mouthwatering acidity to create a superb wine. Alas, this sold out quickly, but a 2012 version is expected to be released next month.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 190 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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