2014 COLUMBIA VALLEY

ROSé

 

“A stylistic departure from lighter style Northwest Rosés, the North by Northwest features a rich mid palate and appealing aromatics with red fruit notes.

- winemaker QuOTE

The Wine:

 The North by Northwest Rosé comes from the Columbia Valley AVA, primarily The Benches, located in the Eastern corner of the Horse Heaven Hills AVA in the Wallula Gap.

Our first bottling of North by Northwest Rosé, the 2014 vintage is a thoughtfully crafted blend of lush red wines and aromatic white wines. Soft, full fruit flavors of strawberry and watermelon give way to a crisp, bright acidity. A balanced wine with an ample and refreshing finish, this Rosé pairs wonderfully with food and is equally enjoyable on its own.

The Process:

After meticulous hand sorting, fruit selected for the 2014 Rosé underwent filtered fermentation and 100% stainless steel sur lie aging for two months prior to bottling.

Vintage:

Following on the heels of a cold winter, early spring was very wet with double our typical precipitation in March. Rapidly warming temperatures in April led to buds breaking almost a week early – these favorable conditions continued, leading to very strong fruit set after a mid-June bloom. The abundance of fruit allowed for meticulous hand thinning; only the fruit meeting stringent quality parameters were allowed to ripen. Excellent weather continued throughout the summer, leading to a warmer than average vintage and resulted in excellent ripening conditions. Moving into late summer/early fall the grape clusters were in outstanding condition which combined with unusually dry conditions allowed for extended hang time and enhanced flavor development. The extended harvest period enabled each vineyard to be harvested at peak ripeness resulting in a crop of fantastic quality.

 

Varietal: Merlot, Syrah, Riesling, Pinot Gris

AVA: Columbia Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%  pH: 3.14  TA (g/L): 6.52

VA (g/100mL):  0.23

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