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FEBRUARY 2021 REVIEWS

 


SPARKLING WINES

ITALY - SPARKLING

NV Guerra Albano, Ribolla Gialla, Brut, Friuli Colli Orientali, Italy (S) 23.99 / 259.09

We adore the rare Ribolla Gialla grape, and nowhere does it reach its aromatic apogee and potential for complexity than in its homeland of the Friuli. Even rarer – and more compelling – is employing Ribolla to make a sparkling wine! A brilliant lemon-gold with green reflections, Guerra’s Ribolla Brut bursts out of the glass with persistent, tiny bubbles and aromas of pear skin, white peach, yellow melon, and crystallized ginger. Brisk on the attack, the wine leverages its persistent minerality and effervescence to propel notes of green apples, Comice pear, lemon balm, and menthol. Conveying deft balance and unbridled deliciousness, Guerra’s Ribolla Brut finishes with suggestions of meadow flowers, white pepper, and a finishing blast of fresh ginger. Pair this beauty now and over the coming two years with golden trout, shellfish, sashimi, light poultry preparations, vegetable omelets, and angel hair pasta dressed with lemon cream sauce. It will also make a nice bubbly to share with your special Valentine.


RED WINES

OREGON – RED

2016 Hanson Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon (S) 18.99 / 205.09

Jason and Clark Hanson espouse a non-interventionist approach to winemaking. Emphasizing freshness, acidity, and transparency, Hanson’s 2016 Pinot casts a rusty garnet robe followed by spicy retro-Willamette Valley Pinot aromas of sour cherries, rhubarb, cigar tobacco, cedar, and fresh dill. Bright and snappy on the palate, the wine delivers tangy expressions of cranberries, red raspberries, tart cherries, sassafras, black tea, and dusty soil. Full of personality, Hanson’s Pinot adds a piquant, pepper and vanilla-tinged finish that takes us back to the deliciously innocent Oregon Pinots of the 1980’s. Enjoyable by itself, or pair the wine with roast chicken, alder plank salmon, duck confit, vegetable gratins, and earthy braised lentils. With over four years of maturity, this beauty is ready for your table now and during the coming two years.

FRANCE – RED

2018 Joseph Drouhin, Chorey-lès-Beaune, Burgundy, France (B) 25.99 / 280.69

Chorey-lès-Beaune, situated at the foot of the Corton hill, is often overlooked by even the most astute Burgundy lover. Every year, the great Maison Joseph Drouhin produces a superb, affordable, soil-driven Chorey from their own biodynamically farmed vineyards. Showing a gleaming ruby color, Drouhin’s 2018 Chorey casts broad, penetrating aromas of violets, black cherries, and blackberries. On the palate, Drouhin’s Chorey conveys a supple texture with fine tannins and clay soil notes meshing with deep expressions of black currants and ripe plum. Complex suggestions of licorice, peppery game, and red rose segue the wine to its long finish lifted by savory, food-friendly tannins, and buoying acidity. Enjoy this terrific Côte de Beaune rouge now and over the coming decade with roast chicken, grilled salmon, seared duck breast, and rich mushroom ragoûts. Very limited.

2018 Domaine Dominique Guyon, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Les Dames de Vergy, Burgundy, France (O) 29.99 / 323.89

Here’s a superb red Burgundy from high-altitude vineyards that imbue the wine with extra sense of elegance, grace, and minerality. Domaine Antonin Guyon is one of the most prestigious estates in the Côte d’Or as well as one of the largest family-owned wineries in Burgundy. Today the domaine is operated by Antonin’s sons, Dominique and Michel, who craft authentic Burgundies of impeccable quality from fifteen different appellations. From south-facing slopes in Meuilley above Nuits-St.-Georges that feature classic Burgundian limestone and clay soils, Guyon’s Dames de Vergy radiates a brilliant ruby red followed by aromas of blackberries, Bing cherries, black pepper, game, and earth. Warm and inviting notes of black plums, black raspberries, blood oranges, sweet herbs, and subtle oak emerge on the palate, framed by fine tannins and balancing acidity. Enjoy this terrific Burgundian value now and over the coming five years with roast chicken or duck, broiled salmon, pan-seared pork chops, bœuf bourguignonne, and hearty mushroom stews.

L19 (2019) Mélaric, Le Tandem, Loire Valley, France ( O) 18.99 / 205.09

Mélanie and Aymeric Hilaire established their domaine in 2006 on the outskirts of Saumur, near the new Loire Valley appellation of Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame. Mélaric’s wines stylistically fuse Saumur’s perfumed limestone soil signature with the pungent igneous soils of the Anjou to the west. Mélaric’s superb 2019 Le Tandem reflects a translucent black plum robe followed by lifted, high-toned aromas of black currants, spicy cinnamon, red peppercorns, and dusty earth. A blend of Cabernet Franc (60%) and Grolleau, Mélaric’s Le Tandem graces the palate with crunchy cassis and black cherry fruit enlivened by a bright limestone mineral undercurrent and notes of wintergreen, fresh herbs, and cranberries. Delicious, distinctive, and filled with personality, this is a superb choice for a characterful, easy-drinking winter rouge and a fine choice for a transparent warm weather red that can take a chill and still deliver the goods. Enjoy this natural, minimal-intervention Loire Valley rouge now and over the coming two years with pan-seared pork chops, dry rubbed ribs, burgers, herb roasted chicken, sautéed squashes, and fresh chèvres.

2019 Sélection Vincent Paris, Syrah, Collines Rhodaniennes, Northern Rhône Valley, France (S) 18.99 / 205.09

Vincent Paris crafts this perfumed Syrah from young vines within the esteemed Crozes-Hermitage appellation. Paris’ sélection opens with an opaque Northern Rhône Syrah black-plum robe followed by classic aromas of cassis, cured meats, spicy blackberries, and leather. On the palate, the wine shows deep damson plum and black cherry fruit accented by salty granitic minerals, saddle leather, smoke, lavender, and dried herbs. The wine finishes bright, tangy, and juicy with zesty acidity and plentiful fine tannins to frame and complement its fruit expression. This is terrific Northern Rhône Syrah that will satisfy ardent Northern Rhône fans, yet is affordable enough – and approachable enough – to be enjoyed on any occasion. Serve now and over the coming three years with grilled lamb, braised rabbit, eggplant casseroles and everyday fare like grilled burgers and pork loin. The red wine of the newsletter!

2017 Élian Da Ros, Le Vignoble d’Élian, Côtes du Marmandais, SW France (B) 23.99 / 259.09

Élian Da Ros, maestro of the unheralded Côtes du Marmandais southeast of Bordeaux, is fashioning some of France’s most respected and sought-after wines. His wines are the reference standard for their appellation and represent some of the greatest values in all of France (or the world, for that matter). Working biodynamically, Da Ros combines the traditional Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Franc (50%) and Merlot (30%) with the Rhône’s noble Syrah to create this delicious, refined, and complex red. An opaque amber-rimmed, black-plum color, Da Ros’s 2017 Vignoble d’Élian bursts with smoky aromas of black plums, cassis, tobacco, sarsaparilla, and dark chocolate. The wine follows with a deep, chewy kernel of black fruits, game, tobacco, tar, and menthol accented by soft tannins and delicious barrel tones of toffee and smoke. With its silky texture and plush mouthfeel, do Ros’s Vignoble d’Élian would not be out of place in a lineup of top-notch wines from St. Émilion and Pomerol. Generous now and with plenty in reserve, the wine finishes Right-Bank-style with gamy black fruits accented by reprises of cocoa, limestone minerals, and vanilla bean husk. Buy this wine by the case and enjoy it now and over the coming decade with standing rib roast, roast lamb, gratin dauphinois, and rich eggplant recipes. Please do not delay, as all previous vintages have sold out in short order.

ITALY – RED

2016 Tiziano Mazzoni, Ghemme dei Mazzoni, Alto Piemonte, Italy (O) 31.99 / 345.49

Mazzoni’s organically grown Ghemme expresses all that makes the Alto Piemonte such an exciting winegrowing zone, and 2016 is going to go down in history as one of the greatest Piedmont vintages of the modern era. The Mazzoni family has a long winegrowing history in Ghemme, one of the Alto Piemonte’s most noble and hallowed terroirs. Today, Tiziano Mazzoni farms a total of eleven acres in Ghemme, and he is quickly gathering unanimous critical acclaim. Reflecting a transparent rusty, amber-rimmed garnet robe, the 2016 Ghemme dei Mazzoni offers notes of licorice, rose petals, tobacco, leather, and pink peppercorns that infuse the wine’s soil-tinged kernel of smoky red plum and pie cherry fruit. Deep and serious yet still approachable at this young age, the wine deftly employs Nebbiolo’s tannins and brisk acidity to complement its kernel of tart cherry fruit and Ghemme’s mineral-rich soil expression. Notes of red cherry, pomegranate, and red plum fruit linger on the long and satisfying finish, leaving a sprinkling of clay dust and volcanic minerals. Pair this pure, versatile, and unusually affordable Ghemme now and over the coming fifteen years with classic hearty Piemontese cuisine like porcini risotto, egg-rich tajarin with a rich sugo, salumi, pork sausages, and grilled strip steaks.
Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 92 points

2011 Cantina Sociale Cooperativa di Copertino, Copertino Riserva, Puglia, Italy 10.99 / 118.69  reg. 13.99

Folks, this is a ridiculously great wine, and it has been a bestseller over the past five years. The Cantina Sociale’s 2011 Copertino, the winery’s newest release, is fashioned from a core of Negroamaro (95%) seasoned by a dollop of Malvasia Nera. An orange-rimmed dark garnet color, the Copertino Riserva’s long ageing results in a kaleidoscope of aromas from leather to red currants, dried cherries, cinnamon, cola, mushrooms, and cured meat. Supple on the palate, the wine delivers gorgeously funky, leathery dried cherry fruit followed by brisk acidity, fine lip-dusting tannins, and notes of smoke, limestone dust and herbs. Long, lingering and with impressive staying power, the wine finishes with earthy mushroom notes alongside reprises of saddle leather, tobacco, game, and peppery salumi. You’ll want to buy this delightful wine by the case to serve with everything that calls for a lusty, earthy, soul-satisfying rosso: pizza, pasta in a sun-dried tomato, pine nut and olive oil sauce, grilled sausages, or marinated flank steak come immediately to mind. A great value!

2018 Grifalco, Aglianico del Vulture, Gricos, Basilicata, Italy (O) 15.99 / 172.69

At the base of the ancient Monte Vulture volcano in southern Italy’s mountainous Basilicata province, the noble Aglianico marries with the region’s deep volcanic soils to produce Basilicata’s most revered wine. Grifalco’s Gricos cuvée is fashioned from organic Aglianico grown at levels over 1,500 feet. This imparts to the wine a special high-altitude sense of coolness, poise, and class as well as the piquant volcanic soil expression that elevates the Aglianico to its rightful place among Italy’s greatest grape varieties. Translucent crimson-tinged plum in the glass, Grifalco’s 2018 Gricos casts aromas of salted plums, dried cherries, violets, and volcanic earth. Appetizingly tannic, spicy, and peppery on the palate, Grifalco’s Gricos alternates waves of dense plum, fig, and cherry fruit, Szechuan peppercorns, balsam, underbrush, firm tannins, and spicy volcanic minerals. Chewy, delicious, and begging for food, the wine finishes with further waves of earth, tart orchard fruits, licorice, red roses, fruitwood smoke, and gripping tannins. This is superb, authentic, and food-friendly Aglianico that’s priced at a pittance for what it delivers. Buy it by the case and serve now and over the coming five years with hard cheeses, hearty pasta dishes, roast lamb, grilled beef, and rustic eggplant casseroles.

SPAIN – RED

2016 Viña Olabarri, Rioja, Crianza, Spain 12.99 / 140.29

A perennial newsletter favorite, the great Olabarri estate is back with a masterpiece of a traditional Rioja Crianza. The Crianza designation refers to a Rioja wines that are aged for at least one year in oak, one year in bottle, and released in their third year. Translucent black cherry in the glass, Viña Olabarri’s 2016 Crianza unfurls with a classic Rioja nose of black plums, spicy cherries, cigar tobacco, vanilla, and salty minerals. Lush on the palate, this traditional Tempranillo layers the palate with bright wild cherry, red currant, and tart plum fruit infused with hints of tobacco, leather, limestone soil, and classic Rioja barrel notes of smoke and vanilla bean. Firm, food-friendly tannins emerge on the back-palate to segue Olabarri’s Crianza to its impressively complex finish featuring suggestions of cedar, tobacco, cinnamon, vanilla, baking spices, and sandalwood. Just now entering its window of maturity, this beauty is ready for your table with meat tapas, grilled lamb, roast beef, burgers, vegetarian lasagna, and patatas bravas. It also has the structure, tension, and poise to age effortlessly for another five to seven years.

2011 López de Heredia, Rioja, Crianza Cubillo, Spain 26.99 / 291.49

The great López de Heredia estate is the bastion of all that is traditional, noble, and good about Rioja. One of the few remaining family-run bodegas in the Rioja zone, López de Heredia is defined by its impeccable vineyard sites, long ageing in barrel and in bottle, and its steadfast reverence for tradition. Just released, López de Heredia’s 2011 Viña Cubillo Crianza could by law be labeled as Gran Reserva, but the bodega holds that moniker for its even longer-aged cuvees. A blend of Tempranillo (65%), Garnacha (25%) Mazuelo, and Graciano, the wine reflects its long ageing with an amber-rimmed black crimson robe and mature aromas of dried cherries, orange peel, cinnamon, pipe tobacco, and coconut husk. Showing coiled reserve, the Viña Cubillo resonates with palate impressions of ripe cherry and boysenberry fruit accented by star anise, cedary pencil lead, bitter plum skin, licorice, sweet tobacco, vanilla bean, cloves, and cinnamon. Food-friendly tannins emerge on the long finish to frame the wine’s complex fruit expression and ensure further evolution in the bottle. We love traditional Rioja and encourage you to try this beauty now and over the coming ten years with meat tapas, potatoes sautéed in olive oil, hearty bean stews, braised duck, and firm sheep’s milk cheeses.

2017 Telmo Rodríguez, Ladeiras do Xil Mencía, Gaba do Xil, Valdeorras, Galicia, Spain
19.99 / 215.89

The Valdeorras is one of Galicia’s most historically significant wine producing regions. Located in Galicia’s easternmost sector, Rodríguez’s Gaba do Xil is named for the hillsides of the Sil River, above which his Mencía vines thrive on classic slate soils. Casting an opaque black cherry robe, Rodríguez’s Gaba do Xil presents pure aromas of fresh black cherry and plum fruit accented by notes of white pepper, brown spices, and slate minerality. Smoky, plummy, suave, and gently tannic, the Gaba do Xil alternates waves of smoky, slate-driven cherry, plum, and blueberry fruit with suggestions of cinnamon, cracked black pepper, violet petals, thyme, leather, and tobacco. This is a wonderfully fresh and seriously delicious Mencía that drinks well today with heartier fare and will repay up to three years’ aging in your cool cellar. Enjoyable by itself, will also prove a lovely partner with roast pork, chorizo, paellas, potato and eggplant tapas, grilled mushrooms, lamb stews, and recipes featuring smoky pimentón.

2016 Alberto Orte, Vara y Pulgar, Vino de la Tierra de Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain (O)
19.99 / 215.89

Tintilla is a rare red varietal once cultivated extensively in Jerez, which nearly disappeared during the phylloxera epidemic of the early 20th century. Alberto Orte of Olé Imports recovered a few Tintilla cuttings from abandoned vineyards that managed to survive phylloxera, and, after careful cultivation, is marketing the first dry, unfortified Tintilla table wine in over a century. An opaque crimson-tinged black cherry color in the glass, Orte’s Vara y Pulgar – crafted from vines planted in the same noble chalky Albariza soil that produces the best sherries – casts deep aromas of ripe blackberries, violets, peppered cured meats, vine smoke, and chalky minerals. Deep and resonant on the palate, the wine alternates expressions of red and black berry fruit accented by fine tannins, leather, and crushed black peppercorns. Dry and appetizingly bitter, the Vara y Pulgar finishes lively, delicious, and packed with personality. Enjoy this fascinating autrefois Andalucían tinto now and over the coming three years with potato tapas, grilled meats, sausages, braised short ribs, sautéed porcini mushrooms, and salumi.


WHITE WINES

FRANCE – WHITE

2018 Drouhin-Vaudon, Chablis, Burgundy, France (B) 20.99 / 226.69

Drouhin’s biodynamic viticulture and masterful winemaking imbue its impressive Chablis portfolio with authentic terroir expressions and remarkable purity of fruit. Brilliant lemon-gold in the glass, Drouhin-Vaudon’s 2018 Chablis casts pungent flint and iodine-infused limestone notes alongside hints of nori, pear skin, quince, and yellow apple. Full, intense, and riveting on the palate, suggestions of white peach, acacia blossom, and quince fuse with undercurrents of flinty limestone, fresh lemon zest, sweet butter, and quinine. Further waves of saline minerals segue the wine to its long, full finish driven by notes of citrus and oyster shell. An excellent value in the generous and ready-to-enjoy 2018 Chablis vintage, Drouhin-Vaudon’s Chablis is drinking smashingly well at this early stage, but will easily reward three years’ patience in your cool cellar. Pair with all things seafood, as well as vegetable soufflés, potatoes au gratin, and light poultry or pork preparations.

2018 Domaine Léon Boesch, Sylvaner, Les Pierres Rouges, Alsace, France (B)
15.99 / 172.69

The family Boesch are eleventh-generation Alsatian vignerons who adhere to the mystical principles of biodynamics to grow and vinify their exemplary range of traditional Alsatian varietal wines. On hillside vineyards boasting pink and red sandstone soils, the Boesch family elevates the lovely, aromatic Sylvaner grape to its rightful place as one of the most delicious and refreshing varieties in the Alsatian portfolio. A bright lemon-gold in the glass, Boesch’s Sylvaner casts smoky aromas of green apple skin, lime zest, cinnamon, and tropical flowers. Incisive and mineral-driven on the palate, the wine fuses juicy pear, peach, and nectarine fruit with a pungent, smoky mineral expression and appetizing notes of almond paste and dried mango. Long, lingering, and full-bodied, Boesch’s Sylvaner unleashes a juicy palate of citrus and orchard fruit, yet stays dry, minerally, and elegant from start to finish. Pair now and over the next two years with roast poultry, rich potato recipes, grilled vegetables, grilled swordfish, and raie à la Grenobloise.

2018 Domaine Nebout, L’Incompris du Tressallier, Vin de France (Loire Valley), France (CO) 17.99 194.29

Nearly wiped out by the phylloxera epidemic in the mid-19th century, the historically important Tressallier grape is a rare specialty of central France’s Saint-Pourçain zone just south of the Loire Valley. Today a mere ninety acres of Tressallier survive, but dedicated vignerons such as Julien Nebout are nurturing the grape on Saint-Pourçain’s special mineral-rich, alluvial soils. A gleaming lemon-gold in the glass, Nebout’s Tressallier casts aromas of Meyer lemon zest, tart apples, and crushed limestone. The wine greets the palate with green pear and Mirabelle plum fruit, but quickly focuses the spotlight on its shimmering mineral soil undercurrent. Juicy impressions of key limes, quince, and ginger layer the palate before yielding to brisk acidity, herbal impressions of juniper, and another lashing of chalky minerals. Fans of Loire Valley rarities need to get their hands on a bottle of this truly fascinating wine. Pair now and over the coming three years with herbed roast chicken, broiled white-fleshed fish recipes, fresh chèvres, and lightly-dressed green salads.

2018 Isabelle et Pierre Clément, Domaine de Châtenoy, Menetou-Salon, Loire Valley, France (S) 15.99 / 172.69

Isabelle and Pierre Clément represent the fourteenth generation of growers of the Domaine de Châtenoy in the eastern Loire region of Menetou-Salon. Just across the river from Sancerre and boasting the same Kimmeridgean limestone soils as its more famous neighbor, Menetou-Salon offers one of the Loire’s, and, thus, the world’s greatest expressions of the Sauvignon Blanc grape. The 2018 Menetou opens with a green-tinged straw-gold color followed by a bouquet filled with notes of ripe Comice pears, key lime, tangerines, chamomile, and preserved ginger. On the palate, notes of peaches, pineapple, and passionfruit emerge alongside Menetou’s firm underpinning of limestone and flinty terroir. The impeccable balance of ripeness and chalky soil follows through on the wine’s long, juicy, tropical-fruit finish. Enjoy this terrific Loire Sauvignon Blanc value now and over the coming three years with vegetarian pastas, freshwater fish preparations, pan-seared pork chops, braised lentils, and fresh chèvres.

2019 Domaine Chiroulet, Terres Blanches, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Gascony, France (S)
11.99 / 129.49

This is Côtes de Gascogne blanc just as we like it: fresh, focused, tense, mineral, and priced for everyday enjoyment. To the southeast of Bordeaux, in the heart of France’s Armagnac zone, Gascony’s white wines offer incomparable value for crispness, drinkability, and pleasure. Situated on Gascony’s highest slope, the Domaine Chiroulet sports special calcareous and white clay soils known as the Terres Blanches. These soils impart freshness and nerve to Chiroulet’s wines that's rare for the region. Brilliant lemon-gold in the glass with beautiful green glints, the Terres Blanches – a blend of Gros Manseng (55%), Sauvignon Blanc (35%), and Ugni Blanc – whets the palate with a delicious bouquet of flinty minerals, white grapefruit, green pineapple, spearmint, and freshly cut grass. In the mouth, the wine shows impressive clarity and focus with lime juice, grapefruit, passionfruit, and guava expressions infused with Thai basil and flinty minerals. Herbal overtones of lemony sorrel and chervil mark the unusually long, clean, distinctive finish. Chill the wine well to enjoy over the coming year as a refreshing apéritif and with shellfish, light freshwater fish dishes, lightly dressed salads, and vegetable frittatas.

ITALY – WHITE

2018 Brigaldara, Soave, Veneto, Italy (S) 14.99 / 161.89

Brigaldara is one of our favorite sources of delicious Valpolicella and a frequent feature in these pages. This month, we’re delighted to feature for the first time Brigaldara’s exemplary Soave from nearly 40-year-old vines. Brigaldara’s Soave, crafted from the indigenous Garganega grape, shines with a lovely lemon-gold color, offering a dazzling bouquet of jasmine, gardenia, and almond blossoms, anise, fresh quince, and lemon oil. Fresh and energetic, Brigaldara’s Soave graces the palate with delicious expressions of yellow apples, peaches, chamomile, quinine, and crushed stones. Clean and fresh on the backend, the Soave lingers on the palate while adding nuances of star fruit, nectarine, and an appetizing coda of almond skin. This delicious and impressively characterful Soave oozes breed and class. Enjoy it now and over the coming two years with canapés, fresh goat cheeses, lightly sauced freshwater fish dishes, and zucchini frittatas.

PORTUGAL – WHITE

2018 Casa de Mouraz, Branco, Dão, Portugal (B) 13.99 / 151.09

Husband and wife team Sara Dionísio and António Lopes Ribeiro are among Portugal’s greatest proponents of organic and biodynamic wine production. Their Casa de Mouraz 2018 Vinho Branco – a blend of Malvasia Fina, Encruzado, Bical, Cerceal Branco and five other indigenous varieties – offers a luminous lemon-gold hue and aromas of green apple skin, Bartlett pears, lemon zest, and chamomile. Tense and taut on the palate, the wine layers impressions of white grapefruit, pear, and tart apple, while introducing complex notes of lemon thyme, Scotch broom, menthol, and bitter medicinal herbs. Casa de Mouraz’s Branco finishes brisk and snappy with suggestions of lemongrass, crisp green pear, and Pippin apples followed by a lingering undercurrent of smoky granite minerals. Highly distinctive, bone dry, and brimming with character, this is perfect for those who seek a refreshing wine with a little extra personality. We recommend enjoying this distinctive Portuguese white blend with pan roasted brook trout, broiled halibut, and tapas featuring potatoes, prawns, and octopus. Enjoy now and over the coming two years.


ROSÉ WINES

OREGON – ROSÉ

2019 Arterberry Maresh, Rosé, Maresh Vineyard, Dundee Hills, Oregon (O) 17.99 / 194.29

Third-generation winegrower Jim Maresh is fashioning some of the Willamette Valley’s finest and most sought-after Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Maresh’s deft touch resonates in this superb rosé, a proprietary blend based on Dundee Hills Pinot Noir. Casting a pale watermelon hue from the glass, the Maresh rosé casts a gorgeously floral nose of rose petals, gardenia, and jasmine blossoms. Notes of strawberry, golden raspberry and blood orange emerge on the palate accented by suggestions of dried herbs, rhubarb, and rose-scented potpourri. Long and distinctive, the wine finishes with reprises of fresh jasmine, orange zest, and rosewater. This is a fascinating Willamette Valley rosé that delivers superb aromatics and an unusually complex palate expression for a sub-$20 tariff. Pair now and over the coming year with broiled salmon, white lasagna, dry-rubbed ribs and chicken, roast turkey, and pan-seared pork loin chops.

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