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Hazelfern Cellars 2020 Winter Rosé

How do you turn on the tractor?

The hype couldn’t possibly be true: Winemakers raving about their wines. Media gushing about their Pinterest-worthy barn-turned-tasting-room. Friends telling me that I just had to check out Hazelfern.

And you know what? It’s all true. And even more so, you’ll be immediately charmed by Bryan and Laura Laing.

For eight years, they had been making wine in the basement of their Northeast Portland home, right there on Hazelfern Place, five gallons at a time.

In 2014, after a “quarter-life crisis”, they picked up their two daughters and a ping-pong table and moved to a farm outside Newberg. Two city kids, five acres, a horse barn, and a tractor they didn’t know how to use.

Today, they’re rising stars in Oregon wine – and farmers in the truest sense of the word. Their daughters have collected a menagerie of dogs, cats, and chickens. The horse barn is indeed Pinterest-worthy, and the wines… well, they’re extraordinary. Their joy, their hard work, and their awesome sense of humor about it all just sings with everything they do.

Hazelfern Cellars

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Hazelfern Cellars, Newberg, Oregon
2020 Winter Rosé

Wait, a rosé in winter? That’s right – this full-bodied rosé is perfect right now. The grapes are picked for this wine, and aged in neutral oak barrels for 10 months for a holiday season release. (As opposed to the Summer Rosé, which is produced in stainless steel and with a much shorter vine-to-bottle cycle.)

Hazelfern wines are always intended to be enjoyed with food, and the Winter Rosé is no exception. 100% Pinot Noir, this wine is fruit forward and yet savory with glorious acidity to cut through your hearty winter plate.

Bryan is typically the lead winemaker, but this one is Laura’s brainchild. As she says, it’s paired best with good friends and great conversation. You’ll pick up flavors of tart cranberry, pomegranate, and juicy blood orange pith along with savory herbs like spruce tip, savory, and a hint of candied pineapple sage.

A Cellar 503 selection in November 2021, Thanksgiving Wines Willamette Valley | Pinot Noir