Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
Among the delicious legacies left by Jeremy Santo when he moved closer to home this spring to J. Bookwalter Winery in Richland is one of the Pacific Northwest’s best rosés. There’s no replicating the key ingredient in this pink — highly decorated Spice Cabinet Vineyard along the Columbia River near Crow Butte Park. It is Provençal with its makeup of 100% Grenache, and it opens with beautiful florals of peach blossom, raspberry and honeydew melon. Those come through on the palate, which picks up nectarine, and the brightness of the structure, just 0.3% residual sugar, makes for a mouth-filling finish. This spring, the Spice Cabinet Rosé earned a gold medal at the Cascadia International Wine Competition, and it ranked No. 1 in Wine Press Northwest magazine’s tasting of Northwest rosés. That report is published in the Summer 2021 issue, which was published June 25.
Rating: “Unanimously Outstanding!” by Wine Press Northwest (12.5% alc.)
Cases produced: 350
Food pairings: Enjoy with shellfish, including oysters on the half shell, crab salad, grilled shrimp, sushi, pulled pork, Brussels sprouts roasted in olive oil and garlic, or a ham sandwich with sharp cheddar cheese.
Mercer Estates tasting room:
3100 Lee Road
Prosser, WA 99350