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Jones of Washington 2014 Rose of Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13
Best Buy! Washington wunderkind winemaker Victor Palencia produced another masterpiece rosé, this one with Syrah for Jones of Washington. Some might mistake its charming color of fruit punch as a blush-style wine, and the nose is brimming with hints of strawberry, deep cherry, Jolly Rancher Watermelon candy and Assam tea. The drink, however, is beautifully bone-dry with flavors of Rainier cherry, pink raspberry and white strawberry. Succulent acidity completely balances out the 0.9% residual sugar and makes for a finish of huckleberry and blueberry. This same wine won best of class at the 2015 North Central Washington Wine Awards, and it earned our top rating for the second straight vintage. Oh, and Palencia’s own Vino La Monarcha 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé was best of show at the 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition — the largest judging of Pacific Northwest wines. Look to see if this 2014 Rosé of Syrah remains available at the Jones of Washington tasting rooms in Wenatchee and Quincy, then buy a case.
Production: 890 cases