Murray 2016 Rosé, Red Mountain, $18
Tim and Kelly Hightower pull Syrah from their Mother Block Vineyard on Red Mountain, a 2-acre planting belonging to Tim’s mother, Jackie. Upon harvest, they pressed it promptly and devoted it to neutral oak for 4 months before bottling it under screwcap and their second label that serves as a tribute to their faithful Lab. The nose is reminiscent of Sanpellegrino Chinotto, peach taffy and red currant, and it’s followed by flavors and texture of orange Creamsicle, white peach and pink strawberry. Its sturdy finish is marked by red currant skins. Earlier this year, the Hightowers were featured at a winemaker dinner at acclaimed Joule Restaurant in Seattle where this rosé was served with Coconut Pickled Shrimp, pea shoots, buttermilk poached rhubarb salad, Chinese celery, jasmine, fresh soy bean dip, crackers and shiso.
Production: 246 cases