The Morrell family’s vineyard — Lonesome Spring Ranch — spans nearly 110 acres along the eastern edge of the Yakima Valley, and the family grows nearly 30 grape varieties on behalf of many winemakers across the state. Rhône varieties Grenache and Mourvedre are among their more recent plantings, with Grenache in 2004 and Mourvèdre two years later. Kit Singh crafts this rosé as a 50/50 blend of each, and its color – slightly darker than a typical rosé from Provence – hints at what awaits in the glass. Aromas of strawberry candy, boysenberry, apricot and clove transition into a robust presentation of golden raspberry and plum. There’s a dance of lemon/lime on the midpalate ahead of a nibble of kiwi fruit, which creates a fascinating sense of heft to the finish.
Rating: Excellent — 88 points
Production: 125 cases