Allow me to first thank Sean, Ryan and Matt - three brothers who founded Marshall Davis Vineyard in 2011 with 6 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir near Carlton in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Had it not been for these gents and their wine, I would not have enjoyed my loss in chess last night nearly half as much as I did. Let me explain... but first a quick story about pie and a song from the '80's.
Classic Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. You know, THE Strawberry Rhubarb Pie that only your grandmother knew how to make with the lightest, most perfect crust and the loveliest aromatics that would instantly stop your summer game of tag as a kid. The smell alone brought you, your sister and a handful of neighborhood kids inside to beg for 'just a taste'. Well, THAT perfect summer pie is what you get on the nose of the Marshall Davis 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé.
As for the palate... Remember that song that went 'the future's so bright, I gotta wear shades'? I loved that song... much like I love this wine, for which it seems this song was written with regard to what you experience on the palate. Bright and bold with salted bing cherry notes, this rosé goes on my 'summer hits list' for sure.
Pair this wine with a favorite prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and melon combo or perhaps with a beet hummus. Personally, I paired a glass of this rosé with my oh-so-handsome husband and an evening game of chess.
Certainly, he proved that 'real men drink pink'. What was also proven is that I need to up my game in chess. My loss, however, was entirely tolerable considering my huge win with the Marshall Davis 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé.
So, again, thank you Sean Davis, Ryan Marshall and Matt Marshall. I very much enjoyed the rosé... and the evening that followed.
P.S. At $25/bottle, those of you reading this may want to pick up a case of this wine. Click here to access this rosé, and click fast as there were only 350 cases produced.