Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2016 Rosé of Pinots, Willamette Valley, $16

By on April 15, 2017

Both the Pinot Noir (80%) and Pinot Blanc (20%) were grown on this estate, the second-oldest vineyard in Oregon’s McMinnville American Viticultural Area, which doesn’t encompass the college town itself. And the pick for this rosé program wrapped up on Sept. 18, a week earlier than in 2015, in part because Ariel Eberle chose to create this dry, a mere 0.4% residual sugar. That’s half a percentage drier than the 2015 version of their popular pink. She still emerged with an intense color reminiscent of fruit punch, and the aromas are of strawberry, red currant and fresh-cut cedar with a pinch of celery leaf. There’s delicious, food-friendly balance among the flavors of pink raspberry, white strawberry and white peach.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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