The wine is lush with ripe fruit. The layered flavors on the mid-palate are brightened with a fresh acidity that carries the lingering finish.
Color: exuberant orange pink
Nose: lime; orange peel; peach; rose water; mineral; passion fruit
Flavors: lemon zest; rose petal; white peach; pineapple; grapefruit; orange blossoms
Vintage and Winemaker Notes
Only premium fruit is used to craft our North by Northwest Rosé. A select grouping of sustainable vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley AVA contribute fruit to this unique take on Northwest Rosé. The primary fruit source is one of the most renowned vineyard sites in all of Washington-the Benches. The 2015 vintage is a delightful blend of fruit-driven reds and whites. The wine is lush with notes of ripe fruit like freshly sliced white peach and lime. The layered fruit flavors on the mid-palate are brightened with a fresh acidity that carries the lingering finish.
After a rigorous hand sorting process, fruit selected for the 2015 North by Northwest Rosé underwent 100% stainless steel fermentation in temperature-controlled tanks. The wine is aged sur lie in stainless steel for three months prior to bottling.
The 2015 season was a winemaker’s dream come true. The growing season had an early, warm and dry start and stayed particularly warm throughout the summer. A number of heat spikes during the season were followed by cooler systems that allowed for a balancing effect in development. Due to an early spring and hot summer, harvest was about two weeks early. Temperatures finally cooled down shortly before harvest and the weather remained mild and dry. This particular weather pattern was ideal to reach perfect physiological ripeness by harvest, with all the necessary hang time to ripen the flavors and polish the tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes that came into the winery were picture-perfect, clean and ripe with little raisining. The resulting wines are a beautiful representation of a great Columbia Valley vintage.
Vineyards: 75% Benches; 4% Indian Wells; 2% Weinbau Vineyards; 2% Les Collines; 17% Other
We were pilgrims to Washington. Since our first Washington harvest in 2005, we have embraced the state. In turn, the state has embraced us as kindred spirits of the Pacific Northwest.
We make wine for wine lovers, simple as that. These are artisan-crafted wines, affordable enough to enjoy every day. My family has always called this our business plan: Integrity. It works for us, and we will always work to bring you the very best.
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@DJZachAttack@ilCesare@InFrom Bottle shots on CT aren’t always correct for the wine, and frequently there are duplicate CT entries for the same wine. I believe in this case it’s the latter; both CT entries are for the same product.
I was hoping this would come out later in the year. I just drank one while watching some Alfred Hitchcock documentary and I have 1 bottle left. This is an easy go to bottle when you can’t decide just what to drink. I’m saddened to pass on this offer.
My wife, Hannah, and I, Kevin, enjoyed this wine, slightly chilled, a great deal over a warm sprint night and some jambalaya.
On open there was a very small amount of alcohol on the nose, but backed up by a sweet fruitiness. H said on opening that it, “Smells like I’m going to enjoy drinking it.” On pour it was a friendly transparent pink color, a cliché Rosé.
The first tastings right out of the bottle were that of some slight acidity, sweet fruit waiting to open up, and a good finish. H also found the bright fruit flavors, although she found it to be less sweet than I did. There weren’t too many legs to speak of.
It didn’t pair immediately well with the jambalaya but as we added some spice to the meal the wine started to hold its own. Also, as the wine was opening up the alcohol took a back seat and all of the flavors came out.
We greatly enjoyed this wine and will be going in for a case.
I bought six in October, then grabbed another 6 during a woot-off in November. Links are to the comments for the respective offers.
It’s true, the case price has gone up $5 since then. It’s still a good deal, IMO, and even though CT tells me I still have 3 left from last time, I figure it’ll go fast with officemate shares at this time of year.
@losthighwayz It’s a true rosé. The reds are macerated and sit on the skins for a little bit. It is unclear whether all the grapes (whites included) rest together, or (more likely) the white is added later to round out the profile. Either way, it’s still a true rosé.
Do an experiment on your own, add white to red until you get this color, very little red will remain (in fact, adding red to white would be easier). The specs show the varietals in order of % in the blend, so you can tell they’d have had to separate skins from juice before full color. Hope this helps and makes sense.
“The aromas and flavor of rosés are primarily influenced by the particular grape varieties used to produce the wine but the method of production also plays an important part. The light, fruity character of many rosés come from volatile thiols that are found as flavor precursors in the grape skins. The most prominent of these is 3-mercaptohexanol-1-ol and 3-mercaptohenyl acetate. These are extracted from the grapes skin during maceration but are less likely to be extracted at temperatures before 20 °C (68 °F). So producers doing a “cold soak” maceration (with much lower temperature) to limit microbial and oxidative activity may extract less of these compounds. During fermentation, other flavor components such as the esters phenethyl acetate and isoamyl acetate also form and contribute to wine’s aromas.
The stability of these aromas is very dependent on the amount of anthocyanins and other phenolics that protect these compounds from oxidation. One of the reasons why rosés have such a very limited shelf-life is because of their low phenolic levels due to the very limited skin contact and extraction time. Usually within a year of production the levels of 3-mercaptohexanol-1-ol in the wine have dropped to half its fermentation levels with the presence of 3-mercaptohenyl acetate undetectable in most wines. This is why most wine experts recommend that rosés are consumed as soon after release as possible.”
@jeffreywsnyder based on specs I believe this offering is a blend of red and white varietals which Did not go through the process you are referring to. Similar to you mixing red and whites wines at home to make a rose. I am not an expert so I may be mistaken
@jeffreywsnyder@losthighwayz See above for discussion of rosé.
I’d generally buy a 2016 over a 2015, but this is still tasty. Go by the tasting reports (which all indicate still fresh) and drink it this summer (don’t store it).
Went back to W00T, read some old posts and found this – 10/10/17 Bodie: “For reference, I also really liked the Vigilance rose offered here. If you liked that one, you’ll probably like this one. For the price, it’s a no-brainer.” OK you got me, in for a case.
So, first and foremost, I love RED wines, the darker and heartier the better. I figured this was Casemate’s way of telling me I needed to broaden my horizons. I’m not a connoisseur and certainly can’t give you all the technical details of what fruits, casks, and overtones are present in a wine, but I will do my best to give you an honest and objective novice description of a wine that was actually quite lovely!
My husband and I enjoyed this over two nights with three completely different tasting opportunities: One straight up in the glass as a standalone, then with two totally different meals.
I was prepared to be not incredibly impressed. After all it’s a rose, not a deep red wine. The color, though, is quite delightful and inviting. It reminded me of sunrise over rolling California foothills. The fragrance is light. The first sip, brought a little bit of a bite to it. That was a surprise to me, as I expected to have a wine that was pretty wimpy. The afterglow (if that’s a wine thing?) was a solid mild, pleasant taste.
We tried it with two meals: a “loaded” salad (blue cheese, salami, various crunchy vegetables and other accoutrements with fresh herbs and baby lettuce greens, with a peppered homemade ranch dressing), and chicken teriyaki meatballs with curried chickpea and basil hot salad (I know, weird, but it worked).
I have to say, while expecting the wine to be a good pairing with salad and totally unable to stand up to the strong flavors of the second meal, this wine went above and beyond and truly held its own with both meals. In fact, I think it enhanced both meals very well.
It would be fantastic at a cheese tasting, definitely a great gift for those who like a lighter wine. It would even make a good dessert wine, in my opinion.
I would definitely purchase this wine for someone who likes a sweet light wine. And while I wouldn’t buy this for myself to drink too often, I would certainly purchase some to keep on hand for those who enjoy the lighter rose category of wines.
I bought this on w.w, and opened one tonight. My go to flavors for great rose are watermelon jolly rancher and strawberry, but not in a too sweet way, although reading that, it sounds like a contradiction in terms (basically you need some acidity/minerality to offset). Regardless, this doesn’t check my boxes on a great rose. But, BUT, for $6.25 per bottle this is VERY strong. Enough fruit but not sweet. Acidity, very well balanced. I’d consider this patio pounder material. I really don’t like sweet wines, so generally stay way from Riesling. However, when their dry Riesling came up, simply based on my favorable experience with this wine, I bought a case. Another winner. Wine Specator just delivered to my house today. Rose cover story. Haven’t read fully yet, but their “best values” are pretty much 3X this price (yes, I know those are inflated prices, so let’s say this is half the cost of their best values). Anyways, buy this without fear.
Just finished out last of the woot order bottles for this (coincidental timing?)- and confirmed we’re in for the lot for summertime on the patio (presuming the heat lets us out). This is a great buy for the coming months- and I normally don’t have rose on my shopping list.
Got mine yesterday, chilled over night in the 55 degree part of the cooler, PnP is really smooth and delicious. More citrus than floral, with the minerality on the finish you’d expect from that. Definitely going to be a good party wine. I have a feeling I’m going to regret not getting a case by the end of the summer.