Looking for a wine that will work for a brunch, luncheon, summer BBQ or evening sipper? Join the growing number of wine lovers who have found the versatile Rosé Wine. Rosé is served chilled and is versatile enough to complement both steak and seafood, ham, chicken and other picnic foods and backyard BBQ fare.
It is not surprising that there are numerous choices of Rosé Wines in the Yakima Valley, which grows a large selection of varietals. Rosé made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Sangiovese, Mouvedre, and Pinot Noir as well as blends, can all be found in the Valley. The color of the wine ranges from light pink, pale orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the grape and wine making technique. The darkness of the color depends on the time the grape skins are allowed contact with the grape juice. The shorter the contact time with the skins, the lighter the wine’s color will be. The name Rosé from French: rosé, also known as rosado in Spanish-speaking countries or rosato in Italy, is a type of wine that has some of the color typical of a red wine, but only enough to turn it pink. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)
The Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center offers wine tasting of 4 wines for $5. and you keep the Govino acrylic travel glass. Currently (6.15) offering a Rose’ tasting of the Airfield Estates 2011 Ruby Rosé (pictured), as well as tasting the Antolin Cellars Viognier, and a library tasting of Lookout Point 2008 and 2009 Malbec’s. The Visitor Center has Airfield Estates 2011 Ruby Rosé, Bonair Estate Winery Sunset,Kestrel Vintners Falcon Series 2011 Rosé, Pontin del Roza 2009 Roza Sunset, Running Springs Naches Blush for sale in the Gift Shop.
- Winery Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese. This Rosé has enticing aromas of strawberries and cream with undertones of pink grapefruit leading to a light bodied mouthfeel and zesty refreshing finish. Crisp and dry, this wine beckons you to kick your feet up and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Technical Data: Alcohol 11.3% / Residual sugar .8% / Cases produced 562.
- Winery Tasting Notes: Premium varietal grapes only are used to make our liquid Yakima Valley Sunsets. Good any time of day. After all it is sunset somewhere. Please do not confuse it with “blush” wines. RS .3% not too sweet and just a little tart. Great in the hot tub, on the deck or in the boat.
- Winery Tasting Notes: Far beyond your everyday Rosé this 100% Cabernet Franc Rosé is beautifully focused to show off the softer, lighter side of the grape varietals. The enticing hint of spice (cinnamon, clove) and crabapple flavors are balanced with just the right amount of acidity for a long, smooth finish. Great for a backyard picnic, Sunday brunch or dinner party, a truly versatile food wine. Best served slightly chilled. Food pairing suggestions: Shrimp, Turkey, Chicken and Fruit Salsa.
- Winery Tasting Notes: In the tradition of the great rosés of Bandol and Provence, our 100% Rosé of Mourvedre was intentionally cold fermented to retain its delicate rose petal aromatics and bright fruit character. Pale peach in glass, the wine gives off a complex and distinct aroma of citrus peel, melon, spring.
- Winery Tasting Room: Horizons edge Horizon’s Edge Winery established in1983, sits in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA on 18 acres of wine grapes, which include Muscat Canelli, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer and Merlot. It is a small family owned winery producing about 1,500 cases a year.. Wines produced: Monster Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Muscat Canelli, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and for the sweet wine lovers, enjoy Late Harvest Muscat, Ice Wine, Ports or some Cream sherry.
- Winery Tasting Notes: The Rosé is created from a process called Saigné. Saigné is a term that literally means to bleed. We bleed off some of the juice twelve to twenty-four hours after crushing to increase the skin to juice ratio. By doing this we create red wines that are darker, richer and more intense. To make the Rosé I ferment the Saigné in stainless steel at low temperatures. After fermentation the wine is filtered and bottled immediately to preserve the freshness and fruitiness of the wine. Winemaker Notes:This well-structured wine, boasts fruit flavors such as rhubarb, pomegranate, cranberry, peaches and red currant. Our dry Rosé possesses a delightfully refreshing crispness, with hints of narcissus and hyacinth. Blend: 68% Sangiovese, 27% Mourvedre, and 5% Cabernet Franc.Food Pairings: Poultry, Fish, Salads.
- Winery Tasting Notes: Our 2010 Rosé of Sangiovese is a crisp refreshing sipper. The subtle bouquet has sweet and tart strawberry components to pique your curiosity. On the palate imagine hints of strawberry, cranberry and tart cherry with essence of pink grapefruit on the finish. This palate pleaser will pair well with picnic fair as well as leave you refreshed while relaxing on the veranda.
- Winery Tasting Notes: The intensity of fruit and richness of flavor make Syrah an ideal grape for Rose’. Our 2011 Rosé offers lush raspberry and black cherry aromas with a touch of dried herb. Broad and inviting on the palate with a clean, fruit driven finish. Residual Sugar .2 Alcohol 13%.
- Winery Tasting Notes: Dry. Full-bodied, richly flavored, multi-textured Rosé. Made to sip whilst supping on ham, smoked salmon, or grilled mushrooms. Serenades the tongue on a sultry summer day with a summer salad and some friends. THE companion to an ear of corn and potato salad. A symphony featuring Sangiovese and the seductive strains of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Malbec sings in your glass and makes music with your marvelous meal or your take out.
- Winery Tasting Notes: Appellation: Yakima Valley Varietal: 100% Sangiovese. Residual Sugar: 1.6% Appearance: pale strawberry, rhubarb. Aroma: currant, rose hip, watermelon. Taste: Tart cherry, Strawberry, bright acidity with lingering finish Pairings: charcuterie platter.
- Winery Tasting Notes: This wine shows beautiful fruits aromas and flavors of strawberry, raspberry and subtle spice notes. Enjoy this during barbeque and festive parties. Pair with Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Relish and Grilled Spiced Salmon.Vintage: 2008 Goes Well With • Cheese • Redmeat • Fish • Dessert • Spicy Appellation: Rattlesnake Hills Assemblage: 73& Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Zinfandel Vineyard: Roza Hills Vineyard Alcohol: 12.9 %Total Acidity: 0.63 g/100mLpH: 3.67Residual Sugar: 27 % Harvest Specs: This Rose was made from a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon (block 2) and 27% Zinfandel (block 16c). The grapes are from the Roza Hills Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hill Yakima Valley AVA. They were picked October 14, 2008. Brix at harvest was 24.0, TA was .62g/100ml and pH was 3.77.Vinification: The grapes were crushed to press and rested for 24 hours on skins to extract color. The grapes were treated with Pec 5L enzyme to help release juice and varietal aromas. Once the desired color was acheived, the must was then pressed and transferred to a temperature controlled tank. A slow 24 days, coll fermentation after inoculation with Epernay II1 yeast followed, with an average fermentation temperature of 54F. Fermentation was stopped with a residual sugar of 2.7% (27 g/L).Aging: Once the primary fermentation was complete, the wine was cold settled, protein stabilized with bentonite and sterile filtered before bottling.
- Winery Tasting Notes: Summer in the Yakima Valley occasionally extends into fall. The warm sunny days of autumn create an exciting season of vivid colors known as “Indian Summer”. The medium-dry Pinot Noir wine captures the flavors of this special season in the Valley. Residual Sugar-1.4%
- Winery Tasting Notes: This beautiful Rosé’ is dry, yet fruity and is a wonderful blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Cabernet Franc. At first glance it is an absolutely beautiful bright magenta color. It opens with aromas of strawberry and a hint of kiwi. The mouth? Pure summer ¦strawberry, raspberry, hint of orange, sun!
- Winery Tasting Notes: Inviting aromatics of pomegranate, rose petal and hibiscus lead a lively palate of watermelon, wild strawberry, rhubarb and cherry-lime rickey. A perfect summer-time wine – fire up the bar-be-que! Varietal blend: 100% Lemberger RS: 0.4% Alcohol: 13.5% Vineyard: Minick Family Estate Vineyard.
- Winery Tasting Notes: An abundant aroma of strawberries delights your nose then plays through onto your palate. Nice hints of pink grapefruit and honey on the finish. Great with Thai food or before dinner. 94 cases produced.
- Winery Tasting Notes: Crisp and complex, Treveri Cellars Sparkling Rosé boasts hints of berries and citrus, creating a blend of delicious and enticing flavors. Rosé pairs well with any dish, and its versatile profile is sure to lavish your meal with luxury and class.
Blush Wines: Blush originally referred to the pale pink color of the wine. This has changed from a general term to indicating a relatively sweet pink wine, typically with 2.5% residual sugar. Most blush wines are made by combining red wine with white.
- Winery Tasting Notes: Delightful crimson color. With a lot of delicate red fruits on the nose it has a bouquet of wild strawberries, raspberries, cherries and violet flowers. The mouth is crisp and echoes the juicy cherries present on the nose. A unique summer pleasure that will match any sashimi dish, grilled chicken or pool party. Serve it chilled. Grape Source 100% White Bluffs Vineyards. Blend: Sangiovese and a splash of Chardonnay Brix: 23 % Yeast: NT116 Fermentation: 100% in stainless steel tank T/A: 0.62 gr./100ml. pH – 3.40 Alcohol: 12% by vol. Bottled: March 2007 Claar Cellars continues to donate $1 from the sale of each bottle of Busty Blush to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle WA in support of breast cancer research.
- Winery Tasting Notes: This is a deliciously sweet wine that is handcrafted using Black Muscat grapes from the only five acres of this rare grape grown in the state of Washington. Alcohol 13% by volume.
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