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Gran Moraine Winery 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $28
This vintage marked the second at Gran Moraine for worldly winemaker Shane Moore, an Idaho native who graduated from Washington State University’s winemaking program. His résumé-building experience in Australia and Israel, and his time in Sonoma working with Pinot Noir for Jackson Family Wines, made him an ideal pick to work with former Russian River Valley vintner Eugenia Keegan in Oregon. The selection of clones 114, 777 and 828 off the Gran Moraine and Estate vineyards shows immediately in the pale appearance reminiscent of Provence because none of those clone are known for color extraction. Delicate yet bright aromas of strawberry-rhubarb compote, Craisins and Montmorency cherry lead to a lovely mouth feel with flavors to match, capped by long flavors of white peach and red currant.
Production: 820 cases