No one can question Fiona Mak’s touch and vision for rosé, and the sommelier-turned-winemaker — a product of Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking program — works with Pinot Gris from venerable Gamache Vineyard in the White Bluffs for her Summer series. It’s a charming expression of the grape, offering tropical and floral aromas alongside rosewater, tangerine and facial powder. There’s immediate deliciousness to the citrusy blend of blood orange, Key Lime and Meyer lemon as starfruit resides in the background of this rosé that brings verve to the finish. “The aromatics made me want to drink it, and I thought it had the prettiest nose of all,” remarked one panelist.
Rating: Unanimously Outstanding! Double gold medal — 94 points
Production: 300 cases