Pink Power: Rosé Takes Crown at Wine Competition


The third time wasn't the charm for red wine at the Great Northwest Wine Competition. 
The third-annual even took place recently at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Oregon. The competition, according to Tacoma's The News Tribune, drew 1,214 entries. This year was the first time a red wine didn't win the competition's Best of Show award. 
The top honors went to Palencia Winery's Vino La Monarcha 2014 Pinto Noir Rosé. 
“Victor Palencia grew up working in the mint fields and vineyards of Washington's Yakima Valley,” the story said about Palencia's boss. “Today, he crafts more than 1 million cases annually as director of winemaking at J&S Crushing on the Wahluke Slope.”
The paper also provided a description of the winning wine.
“Aromas of strawberry, apricot and tangerine immediately pour out of the glass,” the story said. “On the palate, this is a bright, bone-dry pink wine with flavor so strawberry-rhubarb pie, dark raspberry and cherry, all giving way to a stunning finish.”
According to the article, a bottle of rosé costs $15.
In an interview with Great Northwest Wines, Palencia said the award was an honor.
“I'm extremely humbled,” he said in a press release about the results. “Every wine has a meaning and a story. This is a huge deal.”
According to Great Northwest Wines, Palencia said the rosé is dedicated to his mother.
Awards also went out for best red (Obelisco Estate's 2012 Electrum Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain), best white (Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley), best sparkling (Michelle Sparkling NV Brut Rosé, Columbia Valley) and best dessert (Mt. Hood Winery 2012 Glacier, Columbia Gorge).
The article noted the cabernet sauvignon “offers aromas of intense black fruit, modest oak and succulent spices,” and that the way the winemaker managed the tannins in the wine “is a marvel.”
Of the winning white, The News Tribune said, “This gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc shows classic aromas of gooseberry, lime and muskmelon, followed by flavors of lime, sweet herbs and gooseberry pie, all backed by spine-tingling acidity.”
The British Columbia-based Gehringer Brothers Estate was the only non-United States award-getter.
The winning sparkler was said to have opened “With alluring aromas of dried strawberry, apricot and pineapple upside-down cake.”
To close, Tribune contributors and competition directors Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue offered their thoughts on Mt. Hood Winery's winning dessert wine.
“Gorgeous aromas and flavors of pear, peach and apricot are held up by a vibrant acidity, expertly balancing the honeyed flavors and residual sugar of 12%,” they wrote. “Pairing ideas include apple pie and soft cheeses.”
Photo Credit: Great Northwest Wines

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