Pinot in Pink is a Rosé of Pinot Noir fermented in stainless steel after limited juice exposure to the skins. The result is a light bodied and refreshing wine with purity of fruit, a rich mid-palate and a lingering finish. After all, this is Pinot Noir!
Here is a refreshing summer wine that respects you for who you are, whenever you can find the time. Perhaps you are dockside with oysters and a tantalizing Granita, or along the river with fresh strawberries, cheese and a baguette. Surely, the evolving colors and shapes of the ever-changing sunset complement your style.
The Vintage: Some like it hot, and if that is what you are into, then 2015 is your kind of vintage. Not that there is anything inherently wrong with that. A clean, fully developed and relatively expressive vintage, 2015 (much like 2014) offers up a significant contrast to the frigidly cold yet scintillating vintages of 2010 and 2011. In the context of Pinot Noir vintages, there are showers and then there are growers.
We have grown wine in nearly the hottest and certainly the coldest vintages ever recorded in the Willamette Valley within a 6 year span. We have triumphed over vintages colder than Champagne, took what appeared to be rotted Chardonnay from Typhoon Pabuk and produced a Botrytis desert wine to rival Sauternes, sweltered under elevated evening temperatures and summer drought conditions that teased an unprecedented early harvest window. And, to borrow a line from Frank, “We did it our way.”
While some experienced pre-mature fermentation again this year, Ernie held out for rain before he pulled the trigger on Cluster Pluck 2015 (He looked so determined at midnight under the full moon doing the rain dance in block 2.) “Hey, whatever works...” Once again, this year the conditions were right for a sticky. This time it is Our Muse Viognier emulating the traditional late harvest beerenauslese style – complete with gold capsule.
You can read the full Harvest After Action Report (AAR) on our FLOG (Farming bLOG):
Tasting Notes: The Raspberry Electriqué emanates intent from an expressive vintage. Lively raspberry, cherry and strawberry coalesce to form a ménage à trois upon your palate. More than a chance rendezvous, the alliance develops into a mid-palate tryst. Long and lingering, texture and tease, the relentless pursuit of pleasure endures in the everlasting au revoir.
Culinary Inclinations: Bring on the cheese board adorned with cow, goat and sheep’s milk cheeses, set aside a spot for some pâtés, Parma ham and pistachios. So many to try, and imagine all the possible combinations! If you have some time on your hands and the opportunity to impress, try your hand at a summer paella featuring rabbit, andouille sausage, and fresh mussels. But be careful, they will be back…
Pinot in Pink Accolades:
2015 Pinot in Pink
Retina-searing fuchsia color. A wild, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, blood orange and candied flowers, with a pungent herbal note building in the glass. Sappy, penetrating and refreshingly bitter, offering bitter cherry and rhubarb flavors that stretch out slowly on the back half. Finishes long and spicy, with resonating herbal character and a touch of candied flowers. I couldn't get images of avaros (think Campari, or, more accurately, Aperol) and medicinal herbs out of my head while I tasted this singular wine, which was a very good thing.
- Josh Raynolds, Vinous, July 2016 – 91 points
2014 Pinot in Pink
Risqué Red. Strawberry lemonade with a sprig of variegated thyme sets the relaxing summertime scene. Delicate flavors of strawberry and guava entwine the palate and enhance the rich mouth feel. Brisk acidity carries the finish and provides the impetus for a little nibble.
- Amalie Robert Estate Tasting Notes
Vibrant orange-pink. A highly fragrant bouquet evokes ripe strawberry, blood orange and floral oils, with a spicy nuance building as the wine opens in the glass. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering juicy red fruit flavors and a touch of honeysuckle. Closes smooth and very long, with emphatic red berry and rose pastille notes lingering.
- Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2015 – 91 points
Pinot in Pink Rosé