2023 Chehalem Pinot Noir Rosé
TASTING NOTES FROM WINEMAKER, KATIE SANTORA
This wine is bright, clean, and elegant from the nose to the palate. Delicate and refined, the aromatics are expressive with notes of grapefruit pith, fresh garden strawberries, and white hydrangea. The palate is smooth and bright with kiss of fresh lemon, lingering on a juicy, quenching finish.
The 2023 vintage will be remembered as a year of abundance, with harmonious grapevine development for all growing regions in the Northwest. As winter transitioned into spring, temperatures remained relatively cool, delaying bud break into late May. The weather pattern then shifted to moderately warm and dry, creating excellent conditions for an accelerated bloom that led to perfect pollination and abundant fruit set. Our vineyards ripened in the final two to three weeks of September, creating a condensed window for optimum harvest. Thanks to the remarkable summer and fall weather, yields were greater than average and exceeded our own estimates. The wines crafted from the 2023 vintage display excellent quality demonstrated by generous flavors and complex textures.