Willamette, damn it! Years back when I went wine tasting in the Willamette Valley of Oregon for the first time, this is the expression the locals used to help the visitors remember how to pronounce Willamette -- rhymes with damn it.
This week’s Wine Wednesday feature, the 2015 Domaine Loubejac Willamette Rosé is described as a rare rosé blend. Generally, this term means that the wine is a blend of an unusual combination of varietals. At the same time, rosé wines are usually made from the varietals most widely grown in the area that they are from – and usually, red varietals, though white can be used as well. Pinot Noir is highly likely to be part of this blend since one of the more popular varietals in the Willamette Valley is Pinot Noir. Other varietals in the blend may or may not be, Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre.
As the days start getting warmer, this wine conjures up thoughts of a picnic. The beautiful salmon color makes one think of May flowers soon to come. One the nose, apricot and peach and a pronounced minerality. It is sweet on the tip of the tongue but then is lively – evidence of stainless steel fermentation. It has a crisp, short, yet juicy (wait for it) finish. We enjoyed this with a Cajun Shrimp Boil. I think this wine is extremely versatile, but for some reason I want to pair it with spicy foods. Try also with Chicken Tortilla Soup. Click the links below to print or save the recipe pairing suggestions.