Yamhill-Carlton sub AVA
Willamette Valley AVA
ow was this wine a gorgeous ruby red color! A fun sparkling wine from the Yamhill-Carlton region, this rosé is made from the Carmine grape.
Quite possibly the only planting in the state, Carmine was developed by a California doctor back in the 40’s. It’s actually a cross between Cabernet sauvignon, Carignan and Merlot. Hence the stunning color!
In the glass was the complicated aroma of ripe wild strawberries growing alongside a gravel road on a warm, summer day. Dazzling acidity danced across our tongues as we swirled this wine in our mouths. On the palate we found tart notes of pink grapefruit and passionfruit, coupled with summer fruits of cherries and slightly savory strawberries. With medium body and mouthfeel, there was just a touch of sweetness on the mid palate that faded into a long, dry finish that filled the mouth with dashes of white pepper.