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Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2017 Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $16
In recent vintages, this McMinnville, Ore., showpiece estate winery has opted to make Pinot Blanc as much as 20 percent of its “Rosé of Pinots” program. Last year, however, recently promoted head winemaker Ariel Eberle made Pinot Noir from the Boot Block as the total focus of her rosé, and the results via that Oct. 11 pick are gorgeous to take in. The delicate hue of pink strawberry sets the tone for the rest of the experience as strawberry-rhubarb compote, cranberry, watermelon and apricot aromas and flavors combine for a deliciously dry experience. There’s a sense of honeydew melon on the midpalate, which adds a bit of weight, leading out with the pink grapefruit acidity that makes for a long and juicy finish.
Production: 500 cases