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Coyote Canyon Winery 2017 Life is Rosé Barbera, Horse Heaven Hills, $18
Justin Michaud has been working with Mike Andrews and his Coyote Canyon Vineyard since 2013, and he views this latest release as a sign that he’s “finally hitting the mark.” There’s no debate here. The lovely pink salmon color serves as a tip of the hat to Provence, and it offers a fun but serious rosé nose of white strawberry and Rainier cherry. Delightful flavors of Hermiston watermelon and cherries rush on through to a long finish of clementine acidity to finish bone-dry and confirm the residual sugar of 0.3%, which Coyote Canyon Winery helpfully lists on the bottom of the front label. Enjoy with seafood, turkey, cheese, spicy fare and a ham sandwich. This screwcapped wine is available in Tri-City grocers, Bellingham and the Winemaker’s Loft tasting room in Prosser.
Production: 170 cases