Precept Wine CEO Andrew Browne and Waterbrook winemaker John Freeman combine for one of Washington’s tastiest new dry rosé programs, a product of the Seattle wine company’s Canyon Vineyard Ranch near Prosser. Labeled as Grenache, it does receive a sizable contribution from Counoise (21%), and 30 percent of the lot spent time in neutral French oak barrels. It’s a showy pink with a wardrobe of light strawberry, opening the door to inviting aromas of Hermiston watermelon, pink raspberry and pie cherry. There’s penetrating acidity to the blend of flavors that mirror the aromas, and that wood treatment merely adds some complexity of tannin. The refreshing and bone-dry finish with wild yellow plum keeps you coming back after a bite of Dungeness crab, lamb, oysters or salmon.
Production: 358 cases