On a drizzly Tuesday I was exploring downtown Newberg, and I was lucky enough to do some tasting at Chehalem. I’ve had a few of their wines before, (the Inox Chardonnay is fantastic, and right in my frugal price point!) but only after doing a full tasting was I able to see just how many amazing wines they are producing. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t know that they had a Rosé in their line up. When I was able to try it, I knew I just had to share!
Chehalem is a winery that focuses on quality in every varietal. They officially planted grapes back in 1980, and officially launched the Chehalem label in 1990. The name Chehalem comes from the Calapooia Indian tribe’s word translating roughly to “valley of the flowers”. The current winemaker is Wynn Peterson-Nedry, who studied Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. She has experience working at wineries around the world, and this skill is shown in each varietal produced. Her father, Harry Peterson-Nedry, was one of the founders (and winemakers!) of this winery. In the case of Chehalem, winemaking runs in the family!
One of the best parts of drinking Rosé is how diverse each one is. The 2014 Chehalem Rosé of Pinot Noir was gorgeous. Even the color of this wine made me happy. This wine had a good amount of skin contact, which made it a richer hue of pink. On the nose there were scents of ripe red delicious apples. The first sip was full of strawberry, cherry, and rhubarb flavors. This was a medium bodied and very balanced wine. It was bigger bodied than other rosé wines I have had, so it could easier help balance out a richer meal as well.
This wine had limited production, but it is out there. Pick a bottle up for yourself! If you enjoy a good Oregon Rosé, you’ll love it. Cheers!