12 Great Portland Area Roses for Spring, Summer & Beyond

by Alexander Frane on May 23, 2017 in Roundups

Spring has arrived, sunny days are (mostly) here, and summer is just around the corner. Sure, it’s been a historically wet spring with an unprecedented amount of rainy days, but that’s just even more reason to pop open a bottle of pink wine and savor every moment of sunshine we get. To that end, here are a dozen of our favorite, local rosés. Most of them are Willamette Valley pinot noir, but there are a few others. Let us know what your favorite bottle of local pink wine is at our Facebook or Twitter.

2016 Brooks Pinot Noir Rosé, $20
Brooks is an exemplary Willamette Valley winery, and its rosé is no different. Whole cluster pinot noir gives this wine a lovely, lush body full of fruit while remaining bone dry. This means it can stand up to heartier dishes, though it still drinks just fine on its own. Minerality is subtle but present, and rounds out the citrus fruit, melon, and rhubarb.

2016 Teutonic Pinot Rosé, $23
Teutonic is a unique Oregon winery, strongly influenced by the Germanic style of winemaking. A touch of residual sugar still lingers on its 2016 rosé, giving it a bit of sweetness that is balanced by some assertive acid. Likewise, a notable minerality balances the fruit, mostly strawberries and raspberries, that rest on the palette. It’s great with food, and the bit of sugar that remains means it can stand up to spicier, herbaceous dishes.
 
2016 Van Duzer Pinot Noir Rosé, $20
Absolutely packed with bright red fruit, and still bone dry, the Van Duzer rosé is a consummate patio pounder. It’s a dangerous bottle of wine: 13.5% ABV but quaffable enough that you might finish an entire bottle before you realize you’ve done so. Pairs well with lighter food--pasta salads, hard cheeses, charcuterie, but perfectly drinkable on its own.
 
2016 Hazelfern Cellars Pinot Noir Rosé, $22
The family owned and operated Hazelfern Cellars moved from its urban Laurelhurst location out to the Chehalem region to produce its small but growing line of wines. In their peach colored rosé, flower petals and citrus notes on the nose give way to fresh fruit and zesty minerality. The fruitiness of the pinot noir shines through, with bit of melon and crisp acid. This pairs excellently with grilled chicken or pasta, and works deliciously as a base to a summer sangria.
 
2016 Chehalem Winery Rosé of Pinot Noir, $22
With the bright salmon pink of a Provence rosé, the Chehalem pinot noir rosé is on the lighter side, full of grapefruit acids and honeycomb, with a gentle phenolic finish that lends it complexity. Goes nicely with margherita pizza, or just as a refreshing aperitif while you watch the sunset.
 
2016 Division Winemaking Company Pinot Noir Rosé, $24
The first wine that Division Winemaking Company ever released, it was one of the earlier pinot noir rosés on the scene, before every winery in the Valley decided to produce one. It’s also still one of the best, and everything you’d want in rosé: textured, with durable fruit that can stand up to aging; full bodied with nice acidity; and notes of bright plum, berries, and honeysuckle. It’s also a bit austere, and needs a some time to open up. It’s best drank while you pet Cassidy, the maitre dog at SE Wine Collective, home to Division Winemaking.

2016 Division Winemaking Company Gamay Rosé, $18
The other rosé from Division Winemaking uses the rare gamay grape rather than the ubiquitous pinot noir, making it one of the only gamay rosés in the country. Light copper pink, it’s crisp and dry with a firm acidity. Strawberry is heavy on the palette, married to a chalky minerality from the lime silica rich soil. Drink it on its own, or with some shellfish. 
Update: This rosé is sold out! You can still head down to SE Wine Collective to grab a glass, or contact Division Winemaking Company to reserve next year’s vintage.

2016 Welsh Family Wines Bjornson Vineyards Saignée of Pinot Noir, $28
Darker and fuller bodied than most other pinot noir rosés, the Welsh Family Pinot Noir Rosé is a single vineyard wine made in the saignée style of being bled off of a red wine. It’s rich and packed with notes of strawberry and raspberry jams, though it’s still dry. It could stand in for a red Oregon pinot noir with a meal, but it’s still definitively a rosé. Drink it with salmon, or something with truffles.

2016 St. Reginald Parish “The Marigny” Rosé of Pinot Noir, $24
Direct press whole cluster wine fermented on the skin, The Marigny from St. Reginald is a bright and fun rosé with a strong identity. It’s crisp, clean, and a little funky, with herbaceous aromatics and vivid cranberries and cherries. This is best served with a weekend breakfast, especially if that breakfast involves oysters.

Union Wine Company’s Underwood Rosé Bubbles, $5.99 (350 ml can)
Underwood, Portland’s beloved wine in a can, recently released its newest style, a sparkling rosé, just in time for summer. Crack open a can of this bubbly pink wine, just the right amount for one person, and enjoy the wild strawberry, fruit cocktail, and tart cherry. Drink this while you’re in an inner tube floating down the Sandy River.

Enso Winery’s Portland Sangria, ($15.00,  Four 12 oz cans)
Urban winery Enso Wine recently rebranded its line of slightly sweet, fizzy, canned sangria, adding two new flavors and upgrading the design. The new styles are great, but the original rosé sangria with raspberry and loganberry remains the flagship. Enso Wines is making sangria great again. Drink it with three more cans of Portland Sangria--it’s low alcohol and comes in four packs.  

Flat Brim Wines Rosé of Cabernet Franc, $17
From the Rogue Valley, Flat Brim Wines is a newcomer, with 2016 being its first release. The cabernet franc rosé is unfiltered, which gives the delicate pink wine a hazy hue. Still, it’s full of vivid citrus and white flowers, and it’s eminently sippable and distinct from the usual Willamette Valley pinot noir. Drink it with an open, curious mind.

Photo via Little Green Pickle

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