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.
We treat our wines with dignity and respect. We employ winemaking techniques usually reserved only for the smallest boutique wineries. We respect our vineyard partners, and let the quality of the grapes speak for themselves as we craft North by Northwest.
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Looks like @Kawa and I have worked things out for a couple of bottles. I would like to hold on to the rest of my case if possible, which would leave @theglassrat, @irenegade, @faith2202 and @canonizer to make arrangements together. If you need one or two more to satisfy demand, let me know, you might be able to pry them away from me.
On a related note – I just took delivery today of a case of the Floodgate Rose from Alysian Winery. If anyone is interested in trying it, send me a whisper. That one cost me $8.90/bottle.
@Kawa A swap, you say? I’d definitely be interested in that! That Alysian is very popular here at my office. I’d even give you three of the pink for two of the alysian SB, given the price differential. Say the word, and I’ll order.
I can give up another two or three of the rose, if anyone else is interested. I also have a case of that Floodgate rose from Alysian arriving this week, so I’m going to have plenty of pink wine ready for the summer.
Not an official Lab Rat report! However, I just opened a bottle of the 2015 from previous offer. Pretty vibrant.
Preferred by the Commissioner over the Pedroncelli 2017 Dry Rose of Zinfandel (“It’s just more drinkable!”) Definitely fills the bill if you are looking for a “Chill it and Kill it” house wine.
Autobuy. I don’t find it sweet, but pleasantly bright/not too tart. I snagged 2 cases, curious if my roommate has a separate casemates account but same address, can he also buy 2? Gods know, he’ll drink half of it regardless of how many we pick up, and with 4 cases, it might last til the 4th of July (When we have wine in the house, we drink it rather than picking up stuff locally, for the most part)
@losthighwayz From the description “The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes that came into the winery were picture-perfect, clean and ripe with little raisining.” – those sound like red to me. It’s just not a single-varietal (like the Rose of Zinfandel mentioned earlier). There are also some whites blended in apparently:
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat, Chardonnay