Wine of the Week – Gran Moraine Rosé of Pinot Noir 2017

Gran Moraine Rosé of Pinot Noir 2017

There is no better way to celebrate the summer and warm weather than with a glass of chilled rosé.  Celebrating with Gran Moraine’s Rosé of Pinot Noir in a magnum is even better.  Made on the rolling hillside vineyards of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the Rosé of Pinot Noir blooms in the glass, on the nose and on the palate.  With flavors of watermelon and starfruit and a long citrus finish, it is the perfect wine to enjoy with your favorite foods and share with friends.

Gran Moraine Vineyard*

The Gran Moraine Vineyard was planted in 2005 to several different Dijon Clones.  Located five miles west of the town of Carlton, this site is one of the more westerly vineyards in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, and therefore subject to the cooling afternoon breezes that roll off the Pacific.  A variety of slopes, aspects, row direction, and plant material offer a wide diversity of blocks to choose from when blending.

Estate Vineyard*

Thirty Five acres of lush vineyard surround the Gran Moraine Winery,  The estate property was planted in 2007 to a variety of Dijon and heritage clones.  Gentle slopes facing south and southwest absorb the afternoon warmth, allowing for fruit to ripen and mature slowly resulting in full and ripe fruit flavors, supported by lush, elegant tannins.

Winemaking*

This dry Rose is purposefully crafted from 100% whole cluster pressed Pinot Noir, hand-selected from their estate vineyards in Yamhill-Carlton.  The clones(828 777 114) were selected for their acidity, bright fruit characteristics and skins that extract very little color.   The fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness and the berries were gently pressed, cold settled and fermented in flex tanks with selected yeast strains to enhance the unique aromatics and flavors.

My Tasting Notes

I highly recommend this wine. It is a beautiful rosé made with great care, attention and passion.  In the glass the first thing you notice is the soft beautiful pale pink hue.  On the nose I had wonderful aromas of citrus, raspberries and lemongrass.  On the palate there was a burst of cherry, rhubarb, and pineapple . The mouthfeel was crisp and fresh with zippy acidity.  A perfect wine for a summer soirée, a day at the beach or sipping poolside. So grab your bottle today.

** Notes and Wine from Gran Moraine Winery

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