2021 Chehalem Mountains Rosé of Pinot Noir
The aromatics of our 2021 Chehalem Mountains Rosé are exciting, showing notes of honeydew and cantaloupe that intertwine with fresh summer strawberries and pink grapefruit zest. The palate is quenchable with a light but persistent vibrancy. The textured finish lingers with a kiss of richness that completes each sip. Warm breezes are calling, and this Rosé is ready to drink.
The 2021 growing season was warmer than average in the Willamette Valley, producing beautifully ripe fruit with vibrant flavors. A dry spring led to lingering rain showers during bloom, which reduced the yield in some blocks. Then, an abnormal heatwave spread across the valley, with temperatures reaching as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Fortunately, the fruit prospered as high temperatures occurred between bloom and veraison when berries were hard and less sensitive to damage. Temperatures tapered off prior to harvest, with warm days and cool nights, which allowed the fruit to ripen at an even and slower pace. Quick yet seemingly smooth, harvest started on August 21 with little to no breaks until we finished on September 26. The resulting wines are balanced with focused flavors, stunning fruit, gorgeous vibrancy, and incredible aging potential.