27. Lumos 2012 Chiquita Pinot Noir Rosé, Oregon, $20
The grace and beauty of this pink wine will come as no surprise to those familiar with winemaker Dai Crisp’s work. This same wine finished No. 2 amid more than 100 Northwest rosés we tasted in April, and it shined again at the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition. Strawberry and pie cherry aromas, plus a hint of rain on wet stones, lead to fresh strawberry and cherry pie flavors and a crisp acidity that makes the mouth water for another sip.
Production: 87 cases
Jim Eby says
Lists such as this are nice. But I content that wines with a production of less then 250 cases should not be included. There are wines here with microscopic production levels. That just amounts to teasing the vast majority of the readers.
Andy Perdue says
A valid point. I would contend that highlighting even small-production wines gives wine lovers an idea about what wineries to visit or wines to try.
Additionally, this is a bit of a slippery slope. Do we also exclude wines based on price point because they are accessible primarily to those only able to afford them?
We went into this with the thought of picking out the very best wines we tasted in 2013. During the process, we didn’t look at price point or production level. As a result, we also ended up with a lot of wines in which tens of thousands of cases were produced (in addition to small-production wines).