Oregon’s best rosé of tempranillo (and the only one we can think of), is ready to delight again after its trip through stainless tanks and acacia puncheons. This year’s offering has strawberry, tea rose, raspberry lemonade, Bandon cranberry, lemon cucumber, and lime basil on the nose. The acidity keeps this wine fresh and alive, but the barrel fermentation helps to balance the mouth and keep it rich.
Illahe is a Chinook Jargon word meaning “earth,” “land,” or “soil.” We feel this reflects both our location in Oregon, as well as our desire to craft wines which express the variety of soils on our beautiful 80 acre estate. Illahe Vineyards was established in 2000 by Lowell Ford, grower of Oregon grapes since 1983.Illahe is a LIVE-certified, Salmon Safe vineyard. We use cover crops on the entire vineyard. We are part of Oregon’s Deep Roots Coalition, and as such do not irrigate mature plants. We do extensive green pruning and conduct plant topping. We prune by hand and harvest by hand. We use sulfur spray to control for powdery mildew and botrytis.
100% Tempranillo, picked early for acidity. The grapes are immediately pressed whole-cluster with no cold-soak period. Fermentation takes place in French oak and acacia barrels in addition to stainless-steel tanks.
Pairs well with meaty and oily fish.