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2018 Rosé from Willamette Valley Vineyards


So when it comes to rosés, I tend to lean towards the blends. I let my bias be swayed, however when I saw that Willamette Valley Vineyards had a rosé that was made from full clusters, and I'm glad I did! (FWI-Now this is a 2018 rosé, and they are meant to drink year to year, but if they hold up to the next year, then you can get some great deals... 2019 review) Also as a dry rosé that has good acidity it can last longer than the sweet rosés. Fortunately there are not many sweet rosés in the true wine world!


The look is a bright looking, pale pink with slight orange tones. The color is consistent with a rosé from Provence. There's little rim variation, and I would have pegged it for a 2019 rosé in a blind tasting because of it.


It is 100% Pinot Noir and they use whole cluster fermentation and natural yeast. This is very similar to how beaujolais is made. Because of this whole cluster technique the wine is very fresh tasting. The wine has a lot more character than I would expect from a single varietal rosé. (I usually like a blend in my rosés, I find that generically they have more character and substance to them).


The smell reminds me of the bright quality of a watermelon jolly rancher. There's also peach, and a little other stone fruit, like some spiced fresh pear. There's a little alcohol smell and a whiff of smoke. (I get smoke in many pinot's from Oregon). I just checked the abv on the bottle.....14%. I thought to myself, damn this ain't no french rosé!


The taste is watermelon followed by just picked small strawberries, button mushroom, and a tart, but slightly cayenne peppery finish.


So like I said, I'm not a fan of single varietal rosés, but this one has my vote. Also at under $20 a bottle from an organic/slightly natural/vegan winery...I say yes!


I found this wine at Waterfront Wine and Spirits, and so I hope will you!