This Rosé has a pale pink color with salmon hues. It is dominated by fruity aromas of fresh red berries, lemon, and watermelon with floral accents. On the palate, this wine is soft, fresh, and vibrant with lots of citrus and raspberry. The round finish is pleasant and balanced with bright acidity, subtle sweetness, and a hint of minerals. Enjoy well chilled.
A blend of Pinot Noir and aromatic white grapes were pressed and fermented separately at low temperatures to ensure freshness and aromatic intensity. Fermentation was halted to retain floral notes and fresh fruit character. Brief lees contact contributed richness and mouthfeel, helping build complexity and balance.
The 2021 vintage began with a cool but dry spring, with bud break occurring right on schedule in April. After a fairly typical spring, bloom took place during an extended period in mixed weather in early June, leading to mixed fruit set-we observed a strong set in our earliest and latest sites. In late June, a record-breaking heat wave struck the West Coast, but the vines came through the heat in great shape and ripened evenly throughout the rest of a warm, dry summer. A cooling trend took place in early September, preserving fresh fruit flavors and natural acidity and allowing the harvest season for our vineyards to take place over a period of nearly two months. The fruit in 2021 was remarkable for its delicate flavors, perfect condition, and balanced acid and tannin profile; the young wines are compelling and easy to love.
A carefully selected blend from quality sites throughout Oregon offers aromatic complexity and finesse. Crafted from thoughtfully chosen vineyards that highlight the diverse characteristics of Oregon, we blend individually fermented lots to craft a wine of beauty and grace.
Named in honor of our faithful winery companion, Rascal® wines are rooted in Oregon and crafted with character and complexity boasting the highest purity rankings. Our beloved Golden Retriever, named “Rascal”, greeted all those who visited his winery with openness and kindness, making everyone feel welcome to the vineyard. His memory lives on in the way our grapes are grown, harvested, bottled, and then sold – with the love, care, and attention that he graciously gave to all.
We believe that all things good in life are improved by our four-legged friends and hope to infuse that playful, fun nature into everything we do while giving back to our furry friends. Join us in looking out for all the Rascals of the world, who bring joy, warmth, and companionship to our days.
Every sale of our Rascal® wines gives us the opportunity to support animal welfare organizations that help rescue, heal, nurture, and find forever homes for all our animal companions. Over the years, Rascal® has donated over $100,000 to The Humane Society of the United States to help fund the great work that they do.
Rascal wines are rooted in Oregon, and sustainably farmed in the Willamette and Umpqua Valleys.
Every sale gives us the opportunity to support animal welfare organizations, such as the Humane Society of the United States.
Awarded for Purity
Rascal is a proud recipient of the Clean Label Project Purity Award.
Produced by lead winemaker and Oregon native, Julia Cattrall.
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Well this is a blast from the past 2012 B-day I bought a case of their Pinot for $6.25 a bottle it was a good wine and well made! In fact it’s what got me into Oregon Pinot, had no idea they were still around.
An easy drinker. Very soft. Floral and fruity. Little to no lingering after taste, and certainly no tannins that I could detect. Despite the <8.9 g/l residual sugar, I wouldn’t characterize this wine as sweet. But then it isn’t bone dry either; not brut, nor demi sec, but more sec, I think. Overall, it’s a pretty nice glass, so nice that this is the kind of wine that one can easily over consume. Despite the 12% ABV, there is no alcohol taste. It is just that pleasant.
This is the kind of wine that one could enjoy just sittin’ on the veranda, or by the pool, come May and later. I didn’t pair it with food as yet, but it would go well with fish, I think – say a salmon en papillote for dinner, or even eggs poblano a’ la Jacques Pépin for brunch (one of my favorites).
The price seems quite attractive on a case basis, so this would be a good one to lay in in anticipation of lazy days and light meals to come.
The wine is named “Rascal” in honor of a Golden Retriever, a breed of which I think the world. As a dog lover, I am proud to see that a contribution to The Humane Society is made for each purchase. That’s a good thing.
The only sad note in doing this Lab Rat review was owing to my carelessness, I managed to break one of my Casemates glasses, while maneuvering the bottle and the glass for a photo. Woe is me, for I have been super careful with my two Casemates glasses. I have husbanded them during and after use over the years, just to tap one with a bowl which I was moving out of the frame. I hate it when that happens.
Yet if it had to happen, I am glad that I am the one responsible. Maybe I will have another wee glass of Rascal in memory of my psychoceramic** Casemates glass.
This is my first time getting the magic email - thanks for the opportunity Alice! After having the sniffles for what seems like a month, my wife & my senses returned just in time to give this a proper taste.
We chilled it and drank in the 40s for initial impressions. You’ll see from the picture that it’s a bit darker than most roses, though the chill of the bottle makes it look cloudier than it is. In the glass the wine is crisp and clear with a rose gold quality, peachy rose if you will. Produced some leg on the glass.
Nose is mild and dainty. A bit of lemongrass and very mild strawberry with some jammy qualities. Like if a strawberry flavor came in pear intensity. 8/10.
Our first sip was sans food and we were a bit mixed on the qualities. One was crisp with a mild butter texture and a hint of cherry. The other was more acidic with a very mild citrus (light orange) and a bit of alcohol on the finish. 6/10
We paired it with a hot honey pizza next and it stood up well to the spice. On the particularly hot bites, the wine’s sweetness shone through and provided a nice balance. That was a unique moment with the wine. 7/10
After 25 minutes in the glass, the buttery texture became clearer. Front palette remained consistent with the first sip for both, we agreed mid palate was a bit flat & finish was fruity and even. 7/10
After an hour in the glass, the strawberry came through stronger. With some dark chocolate dessert, the zip and heat from earlier was gone. Unsurprisingly, a fuller wine at room temp. 7/10
Overall we thought it was a 7/10 and enjoyed the process of comparing notes for this review. Didn’t knock our socks off, but a solid summer sipper. At the case price it strikes a good QPR.