Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Pinot Noir and Gamay are farmed specifically to make this rosé, and the results reflect that focus in the hands of owners Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn, who’ve developed one of the West Coast’s premier programs for aromatic wines on the Naramata Bench. Their pink turns to gold each year in competitions, starting with aromas of strawberry jam, dusty raspberry, rose petal and Jolly Rancher watermelon candy. It dances with fresh cherry and raspberry flavors on the fruity palate, accented with beautiful minerality and backed by lingering Meyer lemon in the finish to balance the residual sugar of 1 percent. The longer it stays in the glass, the better it gets. Rated "Outstanding" by Great Northwest Wine. (12.7 percent alc.)
Cases produced: 2,838
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Food pairings: This gorgeous rosé will pair perfectly with a variety of dishes, including spicy Asian cuisine, roasted turkey, baked chicken, shellfish or hearty Italian.
JoieFarm, 2825 Naramata Road, Naramata, British Columbia, 866-422-5643, www.joiefarm.com.