Ponzi Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Willamette Valley, $22

By on May 15, 2017

Some of Oregon’s oldest vines — the Ponzi Estate Vineyard planted along the Chehalem Mountains northern foothills in 1970 – and high-elevation sites Dion and Merten come together for Luisa Ponzi’s graceful and bright rosé from Pinot Noir. A 24-hour maceration yielded the light cranberry color, which leads to enticing aromas of fresh-picked strawberry, cherry juice and peaches with cream. On the palate, it’s akin to cranberry sauce, blood orange and raspberries while essentially absent of residual sugar (0.3%). Done in the style of a Sancerre, it’s among the most versatile food-driven rosés in the Northwest, so enjoy with fish and chips, spot prawns or oysters.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.2%

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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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