Palouse winemaker Patrick Merry targets Stillwater Creek Vineyard in the Frenchman Hills near Royal City, Wash., for much of his program, and his scintillating rosé showcases his award-winning work with Rhône varieties. He takes the saignée method, bleeding off Syrah (50%) and Mourvèdre harvested Sept. 23 at 22 Brix and 24 Brix, respectively. Blood orange and melon aromas come with a sense of dustiness. Enjoyable flavors of crushed Rainier cherry and raspberry are capped by a delicious burst of tangerine. Suggested pairings include semi-soft cheeses, summertime salads, lean cuts of meat or an antipasto platter.
Production: 75 cases
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