Wine Review: 2011 Gothic Rosé (Willamette Valley)

Founded by restaurant owner William Tigertt and sommelier Josh Nadel, Gothic Wine sources their wines from vineyards and winemakers in the Willamette Valley and Sonoma County. Their current releases include two Oregonian Pinot Noirs and the second vintage of their Gothic rosé. The 2011 is the second vintage of the Gothic rosé. Made from fruit from the Hyland Vineyard in the Willamette Valley, it is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The bottle stands out on the wine shelf in part because about 80% of it is label-free, allowing the wine to shine through the clear bottle. Unfortunately, my photo, taken after we had already consumed most of the wine, does not do this wine justice. But hopefully you can imagine its lovely dusty pink color. Delicious fruit-basket nose and palate of green apple, watermelon, strawberry. The acidity has a racy intensity and the tannins keep a light, pleasant grip on the inside of the lips. Fairly full bodied, with a smooth lanolin texture. Long lasting finish with a lingering flavor of apple. Very good.

At Julio’s Liquors for $17.99.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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