Quady North 2014 Rosé
Knock me over with a feather
Rosé selection curated by Kaitlin Ohlinger, The Wine Snob.
Herb Quady had an inkling that cooler climates were up to something. After several years under the esoteric mind of Randall Graham at Bonny Doon Vineyards in California, he ventured north to take on the winemaker role at Troon Vineyards. He was captivated by the unique expression of Southern Oregon grapes, and began the hunt for a site.
By 2006 he had accomplished just that; planting about 15 acres of Syrah, Cabernet Franc & Viognier, now known as Mae's Vineyard. Shooting like a laser beam onto the radar, his wines have been met with much praise. Several 90+ ratings from Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate kind of sealed the deal.
I'd still like to think of him as an Oregon secret, but I think the jig is up. In any case, Rhone varietals in Oregon are quite compelling, and Quady North is leading the way.
Cellar 503 Tasting Notes
Quady North, Jacksonville, Oregon
You could have knocked me over with a feather after my first taste of this wine. It’s resemblance to the rosé of Southern France is practically uncanny. Although that is not exactly a shocker, considering it is a blend of grapes typically found in Southern France- Grenache, Syrah, Mourvédre, Counoise & Grenache Blanc.
Its lively, flirty nose of rose petals, wild strawberry and pink grapefruit is completely habit-forming. Beautiful high acidity and all stainless steel fermentation make this guy impossibly crisp, clean and fresh. This is a wine I would not hesitate to by the case. A serious hat tip to Southern Oregon. Named an Oregon Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest in 2012, winemaker Herb Quady is a rockstar. Enough said.