Wave the flag for All-American pinks! Drinking this wine may soon be a patriotic duty. A collaboration between winemakers Charles Smith and Charles Bieler, this rosé comes from a single vineyard on the Wahluke Slopes of the Columbia Valley. Dry and dangerously easy to drink, it combines ripe strawberry and raspberry flavors with a dash of tannin that make it a perfect barbecue rosé. Pair it with pizza margherita or crabcakes, as well.
Reflected in the wine’s pale copper salmon hue, the 2017 vintage was 100% picked during the cool temperatures of the late night and early morning. The result, combined with the gentle late ripening from the cool fall, is a concentration and cohesiveness in the wine that it’s never quite had before. The balance between the acidity at the finish and the savory, citrus and red fruit notes are familiar to past vintages. The 2017 has more lift and energy and seems more tightly sewn together. We expanded the amount of native fermentation to 50% of the wine, adding to fullness in the mid-palate. It’s far from heavy but there’s a creaminess on the palate that is gorgeous. We are very proud of this one.