Rain Dance Vineyards 2016 Nicholas Vineyard Estate Rosé, Chehalem Mountains, $22

By on August 26, 2017

The Austins acquired Nicholas Vineyard near Newberg, Ore., in the fall of 2015, and this Pinot Noir rosé by winemaker Bryan Weil of Alexana acclaim serves as a delicious template for Rain Dance Vineyards going forward. Clone 114 harvested particularly for the making of rosé, they picked the grapes on Sept. 7 at 22 Brix, and the absence of skin contact is reflected in the salmon color reminiscent of a Provence. A nose of peaches and cream with white strawberry and watermelon leads to a bone-dry rosé of white peach and quince, providing an abundance of food-friendly acidity.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 81 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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