Aaron Lieberman’s work with estate fruit continues to raise profile of this property near Eugene, Ore. He blended a trio of clones – Pommard and Dijon 113 and 115 – pulled Sept. 24 from Chalice Estate Vineyard and allowed for 15 hours of skin contact before dividing the juice between French oak barrels and stainless steel tank. That strategy produces a fetching watermelon color with a stunning nose of dried strawberry, cherry sorbet, cotton candy and rose petal. It’s bright and charming, providing fruity – yet dry – flavors of pink strawberry and watermelon, backed by delicious pink grapefruit acidity. The Iris Vineyards 2017 rosé earned a double gold at last year’s New Orleans International Wine Awards, so this effort establishes a track record with rosé for Lieberman.
Production: 920 cases
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