The understated simplicity and beauty of the clear, taller than average bottle, with its cream-colored label, grabbed my attention. The raspberry-gelato colored wine shines through the “r” cut out of the label, and that is all it needs to say.
Strawberry compote, herbs, hints of crushed blueberry, and raspberry. Despite all of the fruit descriptors, there is nothing tootie fruity about this wine. It is full-bodied and rounded, with zippy acidity and tender tannins. Great, rich finish. For all that this lovely rosé has, it is what is absent that makes it even more intriguing. There’s no vintage noted and Domaine Serene‘s winemaker M. Eleni Papadakis doesn’t divulge the actual varietal composition. What we do know is that the grapes are sourced from vineyards in three different Oregonian appellations – 50% from the Willamette Valley, 40% from the Rogue Valley, and 10% from Walla Walla. Some of the tannins are imparted from the use of oak; 55% of the wine is aged in French barrels, 10% of which are new.
At New Hampshire State Liquor for $29.99.