Appellation: Columbia Valley
Two decades ago, Lacey Steffey was a first-grade teacher in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Today, the University of California-Davis grad’s responsibilities for Château Ste. Michelle includes producing one of the Northwest’s top examples of rosé and using fruit from historic Cold Creek Vineyard along the way. And she accomplished it beautifully not with a fashionable variety such as Grenache, Counoise or Pinot Noir but a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (79%) and Syrah — two grapes Washington grows exceptionally well for red table wine. Here, they are presented in a Provençal-style rosé with a light salmon color, delicate aromatics and brightness, opening with a fresh and fruity nose of watermelon, peach and lavender lemonade. On the palate, there are stone fruits – nectarine and apricot – with a slice of guava and a bite of ripe and juicy strawberry. At 0.38% residual sugar, it sits on the cusp of perceptible sweetness. Voted as the best rosé at the 2021 Cascadia International Wine Competition, it’s a perfect accompaniment for a variety of small plates or your last Zoom meeting of the day.
Rating: “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine. (13% alc.)
Cases produced: 6,500
Food pairings: Prosciutto and brie grilled cheese bites, spicy shrimp skewers, broiled lobster with garlic butter and bacon wrapped peaches.
14111 NE 145th St.
Woodinville, WA 98072
This story was originally published June 15, 2021 4:28 PM.