2019 Three Otters Rosé Bottle
Fullerton Wines

2019 Three Otters Rosé

Winemaker Alex Fullerton and his father and proprietor Eric Fullerton couldn’t decide on a house style for rosé in 2012, so they decided to hold a friendly competition. They each made a rosé to see whose would win over a crowd. Though the wines were destined to be boled separately, Alex tried blending the two out of curiousity. Voila! The sum was beer than the parts, and a tradition was born. Alex now makes one rosé that is whole cluster pressed and tank fermented, yielding a very crisp and light colored wine, while Eric crafts his rosé by barrel fermenting Pinot Gris after three days of skin contact, which yields a darker and fuller-bodied wine. The two wines are then blended to taste, delivering a crisp, fresh rosé with wonderful structure.

A nose of fresh strawberries, watermelon rind, and lemon blossom with the palate echoing these flavors along with green apple and lemon. Cool climate vibrancy melds with lovely texture. Great tension and energy.

Our love of otters runs deep. Their prominent role on our family crest inspires our passion for helping organizations that protect these beautiful animals and their habitat. Raise a glass of Three Otters, and you also help our otters in the Pacific Northwest.

90 points - Wine Enthusiast This blended rosé is principally Pinot Gris, with 10% Pinot Noir providing the color. It's fresh and leesy, with a crisp underlying minerality. The fruit flavors run to strawberry and white melon, with excellent length.

Price

$20.00 ($20.00 / bottle)
Type: Rosé
ABV: 12.5%
Volume: 750ml
Vintage: 2019
Cases Produced: 400

About the Winery

Fullerton Wines

Crafting elegant and distinctive Willamette Valley wines

Great wine speaks profoundly, a universal language transcending any one culture. Out of the dust of World War II, our family witnessed the power of wine to connect, speak, and transcend. Today, we invite you to experience and share in this gift.

Hailing from northern Europe, the Fullerton family speaks many languages, and delights in sharing the language of wine with others. Fullerton Wines crafts elegant and distinctive Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that transport you to their place, Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

A family of enophiles, the Fullertons can trace their love of wine to Eric, who was first introduced to wine growing and production during his teenage years when he worked as a cellar hand in Germany (a story in and of itself). A few years later, his best friend in Denmark inherited an impressive cellar of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines. Together, they sought younger bottlings of the cellared wines, and held vertical tastings. Their interest in wine grew, and they began traveling throughout France discovering new producers to fuel their expanding passion.

When Eric and Susanne met in Stockholm, it did not take long for Susanne to fall in love with Eric and the wines he respected. Marriage soon followed, and they continued tasting, savoring, and cellaring wine. In 2010, Alex Fullerton graduated from the University of Oregon with an Economics degree. Alex and Eric were tasting wine at Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, and began discussing home-brewing and the process of fermentation. The conversation led to the idea of Alex making wine. A couple of minutes later, Lynn Penner-Ash entered the room, and Eric asked her how Alex could enter the industry. Coincidentally, a harvest intern had dropped out that morning, and she needed a replacement. The next day Alex was offered a job as an intern, and later became a cellar hand at Penner-Ash. His passion ignited.

Alex next took off to New Zealand to work at Drylands Winery in Marlborough. Although the experience didn’t align with the handcrafted winemaking tradition in Oregon, he came back determined to learn more about growing and production. Penner-Ash welcomed him back again for the 2011 harvest, and he worked the following 2012 harvest at Bergström Wines under winemaker Josh Bergström. Lynn Penner-Ash and Josh Bergström both mentored and inspired Alex, deepening his knowledge of winemaking.

Fullerton Wines began in a garage in 2011. Alex and Eric partnered with their good friend Roger Wallberg and made a few barrels of Pinot Noir. Despite the challenging vintage, the wine impressed and Fullerton Wines was born. Today, Fullerton Wines crafts treasured Willamette Valley wines, focused purely on the Burgundian varietals of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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