DeLille Cellars, Rosé 2017, Columbia Valley, Washington
Tasting Note: A flavorsome, grenache-mourvedre-cinsault rosé with body and personality.
Medium-intensity salmon in color, this wine has an aromatic, medium-plus-intensity nose of strawberry, freshly-grated orange peel, red plum and red cherry.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus-bodied rosé delivers medium-plus-intensity flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium acidity and completing with a citrus-infused finish.
There is midpalate complexity and depth that is sorely missing from many rosés on the market.
This wine has a little more alcohol than you’d normally expect from a rosé, so be sure to take that into account when enjoying.
Bottle Note: Our rosé is a traditional blend of grenache (53%), mourvedre (38%) and cinsault (9%). While grenache provides plentiful juicy red berries, the salmon-pink hue and wild (sauvage) character remain the hallmarks of the mourvedre grape. Incorporating a subtle touch of cinsault adds a savory watermelon nuance. This is a balanced style of rosé that retains crisp acidity. It is a wine that begs to be chilled and enjoyed al fresco keeping in mind that some folks credit Franc as the place where the world “picnic” originated! Intrigued with the play of light and texture wrapped in vibrant color, Beijing-born artist Z.Z. Wei was drawn to Eastern Washington’s landscape. We are proud to reproduce his rendition of our cherished Columbia Valley vineyard on the label of our rosé. Founded in 1992, DeLille Cellars continues to produce a collection of handcrafted wines authentic to the region. Grenache (53%), mourvedre (38%), cinsault (9%).
Price: $32 (I paid $20)
Tasting Date: July 30, 2019