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“Phyllis” Rosé of Pinot Noir

The Rosé

Phyllis (1925-2012)

I smiled on the inside when Don and Johanna first mentioned their idea of naming iOTA’s Rosé in honor of my Mom. That was early March, and she had just passed on February 19th. Yes, it was perfect. Phyllis was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. How appropriate that the grapes used to make this limited release Rosé came from Yiayia block, named for my mother-in-law, Dimitra. Yiayia, in Greek, means grandmother. The wine is vibrant in color. The label is simple, classic, elegant. Phyllis was a vibrant woman who lit up a room with her sweet personality and bright-colored fashion. She loved a simple life and had a classic, elegant sense of style. She loved nature, taking walks, observing birds and wildlife at her homes in Florida and Canada, among many other things.

So raise a glass and toast “Phyllis”, my Mom, when you enjoy your Rosé. We will miss her energy and fun-loving ways very much.

With love,

Lynne

The Pfeifers

2015 Vintage
Bottled unfined and unfiltered, it was aged for six months in neutral French oak barrels—71 cases produced.
Impressions
Our 2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir displays a medium-deep copper hue with nuanced tropical scents, watermelon and faint strawberry on the nose. Its finish is smooth and balanced.
Reviews

The Prince of Pinot

Pinotfile: VOL 11, ISSUE 9

Checking In On Small Wineries in the Willamette Valley

September 5, 2017

by William “Rusty” Gaffney


Score: 89

Moderately light pink color in the glass. A savory styled Rosé featuring aromas and flavors of strawberry, citrus peel and herbs. Crisp, clean and refreshing.


2014 Vintage
This limited release rosé named in honor of Lynne’s mother is comprised primarily of Pommard as well as Wädenswil and Dijon 667 & 777 clone pinot noir grapes, hand-selected from all six Pelos Sandberg Vineyard blocks—96 cases produced.
Impressions
Deep salmon in color, our 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir is framed by delicate red berries, touches of honey nectar, with a savory mouth feel and vibrant finish.
2013 Vintage
Bottled unfined and unfiltered, it was aged for five months in French oak barrels—125 cases produced. This limited release rosé named in honor of Lynne’s mother is comprised of Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon 777 clone pinot noir grapes, hand-selected from four Pelos Sandberg Vineyard blocks—96 cases produced.
Impressions
Salmon in color, our 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir springs forward with citrus, mineral and flower-petal on the nose. Orange sherbet, strawberries and cream are discernible on the smooth palate and savory finish.
2011 Vintage
2011 provided us a bountiful harvest with record-weight clusters comprised of small berries. Always striving for the best possible quality for our single vineyard pinot noir release each vintage, our first commercial Rosé under the iOTA label was crafted with a similar commitment and attention to detail. Specific rows of our Yiayia block Pommard were hand-selected and the wine spent eight months in neutral, French oak barrels to add body and complexity. The result is a beautiful offering: a salmon-colored rosé with notes of grapefruit, citrus, banana, fresh strawberries and hints of herb. Only seventy-five cases produced and available direct from our winery to you—$18/bottle.
Impressions
A salmon colored offering, our 2011 rosé of pinot noir exhibits fragrances of grapefruit, citrus, banana and fresh strawberries. Its creamy midpalate is accentuated by hints of light herb that glide upon the graceful, but persistent finish.

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