Wine By Joe 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $14
Best Buy! Joe Dobbes, one of Oregon’s most successful wine producers, removes pretense and packs some fun into this rosé from Pinot Noir. He offers it as a bargain, thanks in part to the fruit off his 189-acre Sea Breeze Vineyard west of Salem, Ore., and he creates the dry rosé for this tier by using the saignée method. The watermelon color leads to aromas of dried strawberry, raspberry, peach and rose petals. Those same fruit flavors are layered across the palate with some early lusciousness that gives way to a bright and rewarding finish of blood orange that easily brushes away the scant residual sugar (0.3%). Enjoy with barbecue chicken, a ham sandwich or summertime salads. Buy enough and hold onto a bottle or two to serve with that holiday bird or a satisfying bowl of pho.
Production: 800 cases