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Iris Vineyards 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir

Iris Vineyards 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir
Iris Vineyards 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir

Appellation: Willamette Valley

Aaron Lieberman’s work with estate fruit continues to grab headlines for this property near Eugene, Ore. For rosé, the Oregon State University grad blended a trio of clones – Pommard and Dijon 113 and 115 – pulled Sept. 24 from Chalice Estate Vineyard and then allowed for 15 hours of skin contact before dividing the juice between French oak barrels and stainless steel tank. That strategy produces a fetching watermelon color with a stunning nose of dried strawberry, cherry sorbet, cotton candy and rose petal. It’s bright and charming, providing fruity – yet dry – flavors of pink strawberry and watermelon, backed by delicious pink grapefruit acidity. The Iris Vineyards 2017 rosé earned a double gold at last year’s New Orleans International Wine Awards, so this effort establishes a track record with rosé for Lieberman, who is the first and only winemaker employed by Richard Boyles and Pamela Frye since they launched the winery in 2008. This past spring, the Iris Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir earned best of class at the Cascadia International Wine Competition at Columbia Point.

Rated “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine. (12% alc.)

Price: $18

Cases produced: 920

Food pairings: Rosés, particularly those produced from Pinot Noir, rank among the most versatile food wines, particularly with shrimp, oysters or fish and chips. Other suggestions include a dish of Grilled Peaches, Prosciutto, Burrata Cheese and Arugula with a Fig Balsamic Glaze or a plate of hazelnuts, cured meat and a wedge of blue cheese.

82110 Territorial Highway, Eugene, OR 97405

(541) 242-6588

-- Great Northwest Wine