CV, the Rosé Guy, Part Two
Rosé of Pinots 2014
Yamhill Valley Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Yamhill Valley Vineyards is the oldest winery in the McMinnville AVA. The Yamhill Valley is one hour southwest of Portland in the Willamette Valley, the heart of the Pinot Noir growing region. This Rosé is fun, because it includes both Pinot Noir (80%) and Pinot Blanc (20%). The latter is not typically used in Rosés, but is a wonderful addition, because it adds a nice richness to the wine. The Pinot Noir contributes to the beautiful color and floral aromas. Rosés tend to be more simple, more fruit-forward wines; adding a white varietal balances out the texture and flavor well. $14.99
2014 Columbia Valley Rose
Renegade Wine Company, Columbia Valley, WA
Renegade Wine Company is part of Sleight of Hand Cellars, in Columbia Valley. These are young, trendy winemakers on the cutting edge of the wine industry: Sleight of Hand was recently named by Seattle Magazine has one of the “Next Cult Wineries”. I’ve met them, actually, and they are an energetic, savvy, and easy-going group.
With more of the classic French varietals — 50% Syrah, 21% Cinsault, 18% Grenache, 6% Counoise, and 5% Mouvedre — Renegade’s Rosé says French all over it. The French like to combine three, four, five, seven varietals in one bottle. At 11.3%, this Rosé has very low alcohol content. That low (lower than many other Rosés) alcohol content could be an indication that this wine has more residual sugar, because less fructose was turned into alcohol. Regardless, with this blend of varietals, you can still expect a fairly dry wine. It has wonderful aromas of fresh watermelon, pomegranate, citrus, sweet red berries, and even rhubarb.
Last year’s version of Renegade Rosé sold out quickly. It was named Seattle Metropolitan‘s Rosé of the Year, for the second year in a row. $10.99