17. Barnard Griffin 2014 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $12
Year after year, owner/winemaker Rob Griffin and his crew craft what can rightly be placed among the best rosés in North America. This new vintage won a gold medal in January at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and, to nobody’s surprise, repeated the feat at the Great Northwest Wine Competition. It’s a stunning wine with aromas of strawberry compote, cherry pie and peaches and cream, followed by flavors of mint, pineapple and red fruit. Enjoy it on its own or with a variety of dishes, especially Mediterranean cuisine and seared ahi.
Production: 11,400 cases