Oregon’s Quady North: America’s Most Serious Rosé

Herb Quady is arguably America’s most serious producer of rosé wines. He plants vineyards and sources fruit from vineyards specifically for making rosé, often using cooler, east facing sites.  He does mostly direct, whole cluster pressing and does small presses in order to carefully monitor acid levels, which can fall off quickly. For the portion of his grapes that are macerated, he carefully destems, leaving the berries whole, does a short cold soak, and then gently presses and ferments at cold temperatures in stainless steel to preserve delicate aromatics. For his rosé blends he prefers to co-ferment to get better integration early on. Herb’s meticulous attention to detail results in authentic rosés, among the best we’ve tasted for our upcoming annual report, American Rosé 2020. His rosés are delicate and refined, similar in style to rosés from the Côtes de Provence but with generous New World fruit. They are very reasonably priced and provide outstanding value.

Quady North is located in Oregon’s Rogue Valley. Herb sources much of his fruit in the Upper Applegate Valley where the weather is 5°-7° cooler than the valley floor. He plants red varieties like Grenache in places where they wouldn’t get ripe enough to make a red wine, but moderate temperatures allow for the gradual sugar accumulation and long, slow ripening to develop the flavors and delicate aromas required for rosé.  He uses an open trellis to encourage air flow within the canopy and keeps some shading on the fruit to avoid thick skins and excessive bitter tannins.

Quady North rosés are available direct from the winery at quadynorth.com

The Wines

Quady North 2019 GSM Rosé Applegate Valley ($16) 90 The GSM Rosé has everything one wants in an easy drinking rosé: pink blush hue, fresh wild strawberry nose and full flavor on the palate with optimal acid-sugar balance. Refreshing and creamy smooth yet with some grip and lingering red berries on the finish. Perfect as an aperitif an with lighter fare. A blend of 57% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 83% whole cluster pressed, 15% destemmed and soaked for 4 hours with 2% free run juice (saignée), fermented in stainless steel and cocciopesto. 12.5% alc. Outstanding value!

Quady North 2019 Grenache Rosé Applegate Valley ($19) 92 Platinum blush in a vin gris style. This is by a considerable measure the best Grenache based rosé we’ve tasted from anywhere in 2020. Vibrant aromas recall freshly picked strawberries. It’s refined in the mouth with lively tension in the interplay between fruit and acidity, and palate is broad and mouth filling. All Grenache, one-third destemmed and soaked for 4 hours, two-thirds whole cluster pressed. Fermented in stainless steel at 58°. 12% alc.

Quady North 2017 Q-vée Brut Rosé of Cabernet Franc ($39) 91 Light copper salmon.  Showing the herbal/floral aromas of the Cabernet Franc varietal, this champenoise méthode sparkling, flavor-rich rosé offers a cranberry and pomegranate palate with prominent savory notes.  While densely flavored, this is a very dry, very fresh sparkling rosé with bright acidity and a long aftertaste.  All Cabernet Franc from the Eevee Vineyard. The base wine is matured 15 months in barrel before the second fermentation and then aged on the lees in bottle for 10 months before disgorgement.  11.2% alc

Quady North also makes the country’s only Rosé of Counoise, not reviewed here, but we did review it in last year’s article on Quady North rosé.

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