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Region: Willamette Valley < Oregon
Grapes: Nebbiolo, Dolcetto
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic + sustainable farming; direct press, left to settle for a couple days, then racked to neutral barrels and left to ferment; minimal added SO2 at bottling only
Winemaker: Sterling Whitted
Sterling Whitted is Holden and has been since the 2011 vintage. This is a pretty remarkable blend of Nebbiolo from the Columbia Gorge and Dolcetto from Southern Oregon. Super refreshing and dry, a little tart and edgy, with savory melon, rose petal and bitter almond. This is serious wine, not to be put in the corner with so many innocuous but bland rosé and left for summer porch pounding. Drink this now with Pad Thai or shrimp tacos. Or enjoy on its own, as you holiday fête your pretty little heart out…