Appellation: Columbia Valley
Best Buy! One of the few things in life that we can count on these days is the delightful deliciousness of Rob Griffin’s easy-to-find Rosé of Sangiovese. The dean of Washington winemakers recently wrapped his 43rd crush in the Evergreen State. That means his 2020 rosé is in the works — it’s an early favorite to win the sweepstakes at next year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for a seventh time — but acclaim for his 2019 continues to come in. Just last month, Seattle-area critics judged it to be the No. 1 rosé for Sip magazine’s ninth annual Best of the Northwest competition. While the foundation of Griffin’s rosé program has been Balcom & Moe near Highway 395 north of Pasco, the proud University of California-Davis grad also has branched out to other talented growers such as the Williams family at Kiona on Red Mountain, Lonesome Spring Ranch near Benton City and Gunkel in the Columbia Gorge. This offers a touch more pink to its wardrobe than in recent years, yet it remains redolent of strawberry/rhubarb compote, Montmorency cherry and red currant.
Rated “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine.
Production: 13,800 cases
Food pairings: A crisp rosé ranks as among the most versatile wines to pair with food, especially during a holiday feast that showcases turkey, all the fixings and the nibbles leading up to dinner.
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Richland, WA 99352
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