From Oregon’s phenomenal 2012 vintage, we recommend J.K. Carriere’s “Glass” – the gold standard for Oregon Rosés. And standout new wineries Colene Clemens and Beckham (with its miniscule 56 case production) match it for deliciousness.
When summer comes – and it will – you’ll be glad you grabbed.
Tasting through a selection of Oregon’s best rosés, this one stands out. Jim Prosser’s Glass is poured at some of Portland’s hottest restaurants. There’s nothing casually thrown off in the winemaking here – it’s a well made wine that stands up to the most finicky Pinot lover’s scrutiny. – Jean
Colene Clemens Rosé of Pinot noir 2012
Pale copper with a slight hue, the 2012 Rosé of Pinot noir offers up a perfume of floral tones and honeysuckle mixed with hints of peach and strawberry. Entering the palate with energy and nerve, it opens up revealing a soft texture over a firm backbone of mouthwatering acidity. Peach and stone fruits intermingle nicely with hints of strawberry and anise as the acidity ties it all together into a clean finish. Drink now.
Made entirely from old vine Dundee Hills fruit (vineyard to remain unnamed) farmed and cropped with the intent of using it for rose production.
Winemaker Steve Goff says: “I try to keep it simple and pure, I’m not into heavy, ponderous rose. I’ve always been a big fan of classic Cote de Provence style rose. Pale in color, lightly extracted, with just a kiss of some red fruit. I know those wines are different varietals (Cinsaut and Grenache) but stylistically that is what’s always in my mind when I make this wine.”
“I would drink this wine as I would any other rose, on the front porch, in the back yard, cooking in the kitchen with whoever’s around and wants to share a glass or all by myself hanging with the dogs, I never need too much of an occasion to pop some rose.” – winemaker Steven Goff
Beckham Vineyards Pinot noir Rosé 2012
Everything I loved about the 2011 times two. Same fresh strawberry, crisp apple, fresh juicy cherries, hints of watermelon and herbs, and a lilting, uplifting finish. – Jean
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