Long Shadows Vintners 2016 Julia’s Dazzle Rosé

April 15, 2017 

PHOTO COURTESY RICHARD DUVAL

Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills

Long Shadows proprietor Allen Shoup, who named this for his granddaughter, continues to grow the audience for this style of rosé as part of his Family Wines tier. And his longtime director of winemaking, Gilles Nicault continues to set the standard in the Pacific Northwest rosé from Pinot Gris. His experiences in Provence shows in beautiful fashion via The Benches Vineyard near Wallula Gap. That dramatic site overlooking the Columbia River upstream from McNary Dam allows Nicault to extracts just enough pigment for its light salmon color and present aromas and flavors of strawberry-rhubarb compote, peach nectar and raspberry. Expect understated elegance rather than flash as the residual sugar of 0.5% is well-veiled, and judges along the West Coast appreciate the style. During the first week of spring, Julia’s Dazzle merited a gold medal at Sonoma-based Rosé Today judging as well as best of class at the 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition, an international event at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore.

Rated “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine. (14.1% alc.)

Price: $20

Cases produced: 10,276

Food pairings: Enjoy with bouillabaisse, fish, lobster, burgers, barbecued ribs or a ham sandwich.

Long Shadows Winery, 1604 Frenchtown Road, Walla Walla, Wash. 509-526-0905, longshadows.com/index.php.

-- Great Northwest Wine

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