2016 Dunham Cellars/MacLachlan "Pursued by Bear" Blushing Bear Columbia Valley Rosé SKU #1322646


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Tasting Notes

Pursued by Bear is actor Kyle MacLachlan's wine label out of Washington's Columbia Valley, made in conjunction with Dunham Cellars. Far from a vanity project, MacLachlan has long been in charge of sourcing and selecting the fruit and handling all the blending trials. consulting with winemaker Dan Wampfler who works nearby at Abeja. The wines are classic in style and consistently well-made from vintage to vintage, showcasing the best that Washington State vineyards have to offer. The Blushing Bear rose is a Bandol-style blend in the vein of Tempier with clean acidity and delicate fruit flavors from the Cinsault and Mourvedre-based cepage. It's one of the most elegant roses we've tasted this year, which is why we went out on a limb to track it down for K&L. This rosé is a blend of 67% Grenache, 22% Cinsault and 11% Mourvédre.

Staff Reviews

  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    This is far and away the best domestic rosé I've tasted this year, and the most nuanced domestic rosé I may have tasted--ever. I'm a Provence fan when it comes to pink wine because I like crisp, clean acidity and just the slightest touch of red fruit. If I'm going to spend more than 20 bucks on something I'll likely drink within 20 minutes, then it had better "wow" me, and that's exactly what the Blushing Bear did when I first tasted it. Kyle meant for it to be a Domaine Tempier substitute and that's exactly what he created, albeit by way of Washington's Columbia Valley. Gentle accents of red berries and notes of brush lightly dance across the palate here with an enticing balanced of weight and acidity. Have this with a piece of grilled salmon and treat it like a main course wine rather than a refreshing aperitif. It's worthy of the spotlight.


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