Appellation: Willamette Valley
Some of Oregons oldest vines the Ponzi Estate Vineyard planted along the Chehalem Mountains northern foothills in 1970 and high-elevation sites Dion and Merten come together for Luisa Ponzis graceful and bright rosé from Pinot Noir. A 24-hour maceration yielded the light cranberry color, which leads to enticing aromas of fresh-picked strawberry, cherry juice and peaches with cream. On the palate, its akin to cranberry sauce, blood orange and raspberries while essentially absent of residual sugar (0.3%).
Rated Outstanding! by Great Northwest Wine. (13.2% alc.)
Cases produced: 1,000
Food pairings: This second-generation winemaker produces this in the style of a Sancerre, among the most food-friendly rosés, so enjoy with fish and chips, spot prawns or oysters.
Ponzi Vineyards, 19500 S.W. Mountain Home Road, Sherwood, Ore., 503-628-1227, www.ponziwines.com.