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Rose, 2018. Chemistry

Rose, 2018. Chemistry

Item #: R0320R1DO
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Rose
Vineyard/Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Color: Watermelon
Nose: Rich Strawberry and Shortcake
Palate: Light on the Tongue with Nectarines
Finish: Lingering Fruit
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Lighter Fare, Aperitiff/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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In 1989, Paul Sr, my mother, my wife, and I visited the Oregon Pinot Noir festival in McMinnville, Oregon. At that time, the Willamette Valley was looking to become a world force in Pinot Noir but really had no idea how to do it. It was in the 2nd year that this festival was in existence, and its primary focus was to host the world's best Pinot Noir wineries to share and collaborate on making Oregon a Tour de Force. And it worked.

The wines that weekend were pretty rough and tumble. But what emerged was this idea. They were so earnestly trying to be Burgundian that they were blinded to the value of what the Willamette Valley can bring to the bottle. When that reality set in, it was "Katie bar the door" in quality and complexity.

This Chemistry 2018 Rose is one of the most indicative Pinot Noir Roses I have ever tasted, let alone featured. And like its full-bodied counterpart, Rose, in my opinion, must reflect a sense of place.a sense of where it's from. There are a few wine districts of the world that produce Pinot Noir Rose, and Oregon is a natural; Classic all the way through.

Strawberry and spice nose gives way to flowers. The body is light, as expected, but in no way in character. The spice component comes through at the finish, and it wants to linger. Serve with a chill as an aperitif or with lighter fowl dishes. Hold for 12 months.