Winderlea Vineyard is perched on the side of the hill, overlooking neatly pruned rows of grapevines and beyond, the Willamette Valley. Modern and light-filled, their tasting room is worth a visit when you’re in the area.
Bright strawberry pink in color, this rosé is made with Pinot noir grapes grown in the Willamette Valley’s Dundee Hills. With aromas of freshly washed strawberries and eucalyptus, we found this wine to be bright and very acid and mineral-driven. It had flavors of tart grapefruit and white pepper with zesty bites of ginger. The finish was clean, dry and long-lasting, leaving us hungry for another sip.
Rosé is not just for summertime any more! We suggest pairing this wine with roast chicken cooked with rosemary and garlic, wild mushroom paté or a creamy risotto with andouille sausage.
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