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5 Washington Rosés to Drink Right Now

The best bottles from 2021's challenging crop.

By Sean P. Sullivan July 26, 2022

While 2019 was Washington’s first great rosé vintage, 2021 was very much a struggler for local pinks. The state’s wine grape crop was light and the season quite warm. That combination led to many rosés that are fuller-bodied and heavy feeling, without the acid to support the weight of the fruit.

Some producers did manage to thread the needle, however, producing flavorful wines that still have the refreshing acidity we look for to slake our summer thirst. Still, 2021 is definitely a year to be choosy on Washington rosés. Here are some favorites.

Devison East of the Sun Rosé

Boushey Vineyard Yakima Valley 2021 $26

Devison is quite simply making the best rosé in Washington. While some pink wines arrive more as accent or afterthought, this is main event. It’s serious stuff, with richness, texture, and intensity of flavor along with a big blast of acid.

Prospice Rosé

Lonesome Spring Ranch Vineyard Yakima Valley 2021 $22

In just a few short years, Prospice has firmly established itself as one of the best rosé producers in the state. Grenache makes up half this pleasingly peach-colored wine, which boasts aromas and flavors of strawberry and blood orange along with a mouthwatering finish.

SMAK Spring

Sangiovese Rosé Walla Walla Valley 2021 $20

Owner/winemaker Fiona Mak has dedicated her entire winery to rosé—the only producer in the state to do so. They are all seasonally labeled affairs, and with much of this summer in Seattle seeming more like spring, this pink wine is the perfect antidote for our summer blues. The new Kitchen and Market shop at Pike Place Market carries Mak's bottles.

City Limits Pink Street Rosé

Columbia Valley 2021 $15

Winemaker Morgan Lee (Two Vintners) dedicates this wine to his skateboard-loving brother who died of cancer. Mostly grenache and zinfandel, the rhubarb and Rainier cherry flavors show the vintage’s fuller feel, with more than enough acid to keep the ripe flavors in focus.

Grosgrain Blush

Walla Walla Valley 2021 $22

Valley-designated rosés used to be a rarity, but Grosgrain (pronounced "grow-grain") and others are changing that. Fermented in concrete and stainless steel, this is so light in color it could almost be mistaken for a white wine. The flavors, however, speak summer so fluently. You can generally find Grosgrain bottles at bigger wine shops, Bottlehouse, Met Market, Whole Foods, and some of Renee Erickson's spots.

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