Time once again to focus our attention on rosé with another look at wines from the 2010 vintage (read part I here).

The next two months mark the brief period when people in the Pacific Northwest are able to drink rosé as one should – sitting outdoors with the sun shining down rather than sitting under the sun lamp, taking vitamin D, and visualizing warmer days with a glass of pink wine in hand.

Here we take a look at three Southern Rhone-style blends along with one Sangiovese. Let’s get down to it.

The first wine is from Ott & Murphy Wines. Ott & Murphy is located in Langley, Washington on Whidbey Island. The winery is named after head winemaker Eric Murphy and his business partner David Ott. The 2010 Chanson Rosé is one of the more enjoyable rosés I have come across in this vintage – crisp and refreshing just as a rosé should be. Of note, Ott & Murphy recently opened an off-site tasting room in Langley. Look for a full post on this winery in the coming weeks.

The next wine comes from the Doyenne side of DeLille Cellars. Doyenne is dedicated to Rhone-style wines. With its 2010 Rosé, DeLille offers a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Mourvedre from two top notch vineyard sites – Ciel du Cheval and Boushey.

Dusted Valley Vintners’ 2010 Ramblin’ Rosé is a blend of Mourvedre, Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah. The grapes come from the first crop at the winery’s Stoney Vine Vineyard in The Rocks district of the Walla Walla Valley. The accompanying package from the winery even included a piece of rock from the vineyard – “I bet this is the first time you’ve ever received a rock in the mail!,” Dusted Valley’s Chelsea Tennyson says. Indeed!

The last wine comes from Waterbrook – a 100% Sangiovese.

Feel free to leave comments about rosés you’ve enjoyed this season.

Ott & Murphy Chanson Rosé Columbia Valley 2010 $15
Rating: + (Good) Pale copper colored. Lightly aromatic with melon, strawberry, and citrus. A crisp, clean wine that tingles the palate and finishes with mouthwatering acidity. Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Roussanne. Coyote Canyon, Sugarloaf, Spice Cabinet, and Elephant Mountain vineyards. Fermented in 50% stainless steel and 50% neutral French oak. 13.2% alcohol. 70 cases produced. Recommended

Doyenne Rosé Yakima Valley 2010 $23
Rating: + (Good) Pale salmon colored with a tinge of copper. Aromas of spice, wild strawberry, and red fruit. Palate is dry , tart, and filled with spice flavors along with mouthwatering acidity. 55% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 15% Mourvedre. Ciel du Cheval and Boushey vineyards. 14.1% alcohol. 300 cases produced.

Dusted Valley Vintners Ramblin’ Rosé Stoney Vine Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2010 $20
Rating: ./+ (Decent/Good) Pale strawberry colored. Shows abundant strawberry and cherry candy aromas. Tingles the palate, trailing off on the second half. 34% Mourvedre, 28% Cinsault, 26% Grenache, and 12% Syrah. Stoney Vine Vineyard. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 14.2% alcohol. 273 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.

Waterbrook Sangiovese Rosé Columbia Valley 2010 $11
Rating: . (Decent) Light cherry colored. Aromas of watermelon, bubble gum, and spice. Palate comes off as a bit flat, lacking in fruit concentration. 100% Sangiovese. Canyon Ranch, Les Collines, and Oasis vineyards. 12.2% alcohol. 1.1% Residual Sugar. 1,657 cases produced.