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Wine Review: Treat mom to wine this Mother’s Day

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May 12 is the official celebration of Mother’s Day, a holiday through which we honor mom and all she has done for us over the years.

If wine is part of the honoring, only the best will do. I’d like to make some suggestions of wines that best befit mom’s status as your queen of queens.

Van Duzer 2018 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Rose ($20)
This dry wine captures all of the flavor and aroma nuances of the pinot noir grape and presents them in the free and open style of a rose wine. The aroma is blessed with scents of wild flowers, strawberry and licorice. The flavor is a riot of strawberries and watermelon that follows through to the finish, which is long and clean. This wine a pure delight and can accompany almost everything.

Acrobat Rose of Pinot Noir ($15)
If the name alone doesn't pique your interest, nothing will. The Acrobat Rose of Pinot Noir presents an inviting salmon pink color and the aroma of citrus, pomegranates, strawberries and a hint of violets. The flavor stresses summer berries accompanied by a positive and obvious citrus. This wine, as with any rose wine, should be served slightly chilled, as too much time in the fridge will reduce the flavor and aroma. About 15 to 20 minutes in the fridge will result in a perfectly chilled wine.

King Estate Willamette Valley Mountain Blocks Rose ($24)
The aroma of this wine can be said in two words: pure perfume. The aroma alternates between sun-warmed rose petals and fresh-picked strawberries. Black cherry, raspberry and strawberry flavors share the palate with a vibrant acidity. These same flavors continue on to the bold and obvious finish.

Barefoot Cellars Bubbly Rose ($10)
There is little question that Barefoot’s wines are becoming among America’s favorites. This delightful bubblers’ pink color heralds the aromas of strawberry jam and concord grapes. The flavor picks up the strawberry, which is accented by a positive background of Georgia peaches. Although this wine is sweet, it is not overly sweet. This wine is an experience that mom will surely enjoy.

Dark Horse Rose ($9)
The wine displays a lively, bright and clear light pomegranate color and a complex aroma of pomegranate, strawberry, pineapple, cherry, fresh peaches and a spicy, slightly peppery taste on the palate. It is well balanced with a fresh, extraordinarily long and exceptionally fruity aftertaste. Seek out this wine; it’s a charmer from beginning to end.

J Vineyards Brute Rose ($35)
The J Vineyards Brute Rose is a blend of pinot noir and chardonnay that displays a beautiful salmon-pink color and exhibits the aromas of black cherries combined with raspberries and strawberries, inviting the first sip. The fruit flavors of dark cherries, summer berries and peaches combine with a noticeable toasted bread-like flavor that weaves in and out of the fruit and dances across the palate. The wine ends in a creamy blast of raspberries.

Apothic 2016 Rose ($9)
This is a pure delight of a wine made from the Spanish tempranillo and the French grenache. Best served chilled, this dry rose displays an inviting pink color and the obvious flavors and aromas of strawberry and watermelon. The finish is, as it is with most good roses, long, memorable and luscious. If a dry rose is the order of the day, this wine is a great choice.

Wine columnist Bennet Bodenstein can be reached at


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