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Domaine Serene NV IX Dry “r” Rosé, Oregon, $38
One of Oregon’s iconic Pinot Noir producers proves that a classic rosé made in the Pacific Northwest deserves to be cellared and enjoyed beyond the year after it was released. (In this case, our panel evaluated it in May 2018.) The light salmon color hints at Provence, and the profile is one of bright citrus fruits, touching on clementine and dusty tangerine alongside orange Creamsicle and pinkish watermelon. Its texture is fascinating, while the acidity is refreshing and ideal for a wide variety of food applications. And the DSGC enclosure — Domaine Serene Guaranteed Cork — provides additional safeguarding for their 2014 vintage wines and going forward. The X edition of “r” was released in spring 2018, but there will be no disappointment if spotting this on a restaurant wine list, offered by a well-versed wine merchant or found tucked away in a cellar.
Production: 2,300 cases