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Stottle Winery 2014 Rosé of Sangiovese, Horse Heaven Hills, $23
Arguably the best rosé made in the United States hails from Sangiovese in Washington state, and Puget Sound winemaker Josh Stottlemyer takes a black cherry theme to his dark rosé from Elerding 6 Prong Vineyard near the community of Alderdale. These 30-year-old vines, cropped at 4 tons per acre, were picked at nearly 24 Brix on Oct. 19, accounting for the cherry aromas joined by dried black currant, raspberry, pomegranate and vanilla. Inside, it’s clean, round, rich and bright with pleasing red fruit flavors. A touch of spritzy acidity and dried strawberry deals with the residual sugar (1%) and provides good length for turkey, chicken and cuisine with some heat.
Production: 110 cases