Summer of Rosé: 2013 Hyatt Vineyards Black Muscat

“Summer of what?” You ask. Rosé. Duh. My goal is to provide you, my dear readers, with a new rosé to seek out and try. Hence, the title…Summer of Rosé.

I will forewarn you, some of the wines are only available through the tasting rooms. I will do my best to provide you with the information necessary to order these wines.

2013 Hyatt Black Muscat
2013 Hyatt Black Muscat

I have a sentimental connection to this wine. This wine is what started my love affair with Washington Wine when I was a rookie wine drinker…hell, a rookie drinker period. I was barely 21 when I was introduced to this wine.

Hyatt Vineyards is located in the town of Zillah, which is in the heart of the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. The Rattlesnake Hills were granted AVA status in 2006. The Rattlesnake Hills AVA is known for being higher elevation and enjoy more heat units, which assist in the ripening, than the rest of the Yakima Valley.

Oh, and the view from the property doesn’t suck either!

The view from Hyatt Vineyards Tasting Room
The view from Hyatt Vineyards Tasting Room

The nose on the 2013 Hyatt Vineyards Black Muscat is intriguing. Notes of red fruit and grapefruit draw you in. The palate introduces hints of sweet strawberry on the tip of your tongue and hints of tart grapefruit on the back. This makes for such a delightful experience that you would never guess that the residual sugar on this is 4%! So yes, this is off-dry, but the hints of grapefruit bring a tart, acidic bite to this wine.

For food pairings, I would stay in line with the recommendations from the winery, which is soft cheeses and crackers. Personally, I’d do a comparative pairing with goat cheese drizzled with honey and a triple cream Brie with neutral crackers.

The winery suggests a price of $10 for this wine, so it won’t break the bank. If you’re not familiar with Washington Wine, or you want to learn

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