While we here at Seattle Met encourage drinking rosé year-round, rosé istruly the quintessential spring and summer wine, and with warmer weather here, it’s time to think pink. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this year’s releases.
Sitting on top of the heap is the EFESTE Oldfield Estate Rosé Yakima Valley 2015 ($22). A blend of mourvèdre and grenache, it has aromas of strawberry and spice that lead to a fresh, lively palate. It’s one of the best rosés I’ve seen come out of the state to date.
Next up in the top tier is the Kerloo Cellars Grenache Rosé Painted Hills Vineyard Columbia Valley 2015 ($22). This pretty pale copper colored wine has aromas and flavors of strawberry and bubblegum along with electric acidity that livens up the palate. It’s a winner.
In terms of value wines, you’d be hard pressed to do better than Ryan Patrick Rose Wine Columbia Valley 2015 ($12). Coral pink, this wine offers aromas and flavors of cherry and spice, drinking just a hair off dry with a mouthwatering finish.
Another value standout is the SoDo Cellars Love Birds Rosé Wine Washington State 2015 ($15). A blend of grenache, pinot noir and pinot gris, it’s an appealing pale salmon color with broad, dry melon and strawberry flavors.
The Charles & Charles Rose Columbia Valley 2015 ($12) also rings the bell. Principally syrah, mourvèdre, and grenache, it offers aromas and flavors of strawberry candy and orange rind, drinking just off dry.
Finally, the Renegade Wine Co Rosé Columbia Valley 2015 ($12) also lives up to previous vintages. Mostly syrah, it’s pale pink in color with expressive aromas and flavors of strawberry and cherry, drinking just off dry.