Long Shadows Vintners founder Allen Shoup and his director of winemaking, Gilles Nicault, waited more than a decade before producing their first rosé together, and they continue to serve as the Pacific Northwest’s leaders when it comes to Pinot Gris rosé. They launched it in 2014 with Horse Heaven Hills fruit as the focus, but since shifted much of it to Headquarters Vineyard, part of Hogue Ranches, in the Yakima Valley. This is hugely floral with attractive aromas of papaya, cherry blossom and cotton candy. The palate brings in white peach and kiwi with a delightful presentation of pink strawberry acidity. It finishes with a nibble of peach skin, making for a rather fun rosé yet plenty serious for food. Suggested pairings include holiday turkey, salmon, a summer salad of arugula, beets and herbed ricotta or barbecue ribs.
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