The sun is out. Finally! That means rosé season has arrived. Finally! And since the national rosé craze shows no signs of slowing, I’m here to help with PNW picks. Think zesty, juicy, racy.
Lauren Ashton Rosé 2016
(Columbia Valley; $21)
Grenache with a healthy dose of Counoise and Mourvèdre, this slightly effervescent rosé will make you salivate with strawberry, raspberry, and citrus.
Matthews Rosé 2016
(Columbia Valley; $25)
This wine is the Matthews’ first foray into the world of rosé and a lovely start it is – winemaker Aryn Morell sourced 100% Grenache, fermenting in stainless steel for a crisp, dry wine redolent with pink grapefruit and strawberries. Be quick! They only made 125 cases and half are already out the door.
Patterson Cellars Rosé 2016
(Columbia Valley; $20)
A departure from southern Rhône varietals, winemaker John Patterson has blended Tempranillo and Sangiovese for a full-bodied rosé more reminiscent of pear and apple than the usual strawberry/watermelon profile. Honestly, Patterson is the real deal – there are no misses from Patterson Cellars.
Julia’s Dazzle Rosé 2016
(Horse Heaven Hills; $20)
Vibrant and racy, Julia’s Dazzle definitely does exactly that. Wine nerds will appreciate that, like the Reuilly region of France’s Loire Valley, this is a rosé of Pinot Gris (bonus points if you knew it was a red grape) – strawberry accompanied by ripe cantaloupe without much spicy component. Pure fruit in a glass.
Stoller Family Estate Rosé 2016
(Dundee Hills; $25)
This 100% Pinot Noir rosé exhibits tangy red grapefruit and citrus notes with tropical fruit on the palate and plenty of acidity. Winemaker Melissa Burr has your summer season handled.
DeLille Cellars Rosé 2016
(Columbia Valley; $32)
Just released, the 2016 rosé features nearly equal parts of Grenache and Mourvèdre with a touch of Cinsault for a fragrant, juicy rendition of North America’s summer libation. Apricot and strawberries vie for dominance with a perfumed finish.