Day Wines "Hock & Deuce" Rosé, Mae's Vineyard 2018

Syrah/Viognier|Applegate Valley, Oregon

With warmer days ahead, we're going long on quaffable rosés such today's indie-label gem from Wine Enthusiast's "40 Under 40 Tastemaker" Brianne Day.

Founded in 2012, Brianne Day's eponymous label quickly rose the ranks to become one of the most sought-after indie natural wines on the scene. A majority of her minuscule production goes (or went, at least) to restaurants and natural wine bars across the country.

The blend is here is a unique red-white assemblage of 75% Syrah and 25% Viognier. As with many of the wines we advocate for here, this needs time and air to open up. Once it does, the aromatics from the Syrah-Viognier marriage come alive. Watermelon rind, pineapple, jasmine blooms, and a hint of white pepper emerge, buoyed by a generous texture on the palate and acidity in perfect balance.

The source for this blend is Mae's Vineyard, an organically-farmed site in the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon, an area which may get less attention than its neighbors in the north, but produces some seriously delicious wines of character.

This completely natural, low-intervention rosé is a perfect complement to pork-and-shrimp dumplings, take-out sushi, or whatever else you're whipping up at home these days – stock up now!

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