New Arrivals and Returning Favorites: First Rosés of the Year; Great Values from the Languedoc and Loire!

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While we don't like to perpetuate the myth that rosé is only meant for spring/summer, we cannot deny that a great rosé feels like a celebration of warmer weather and budding flowers. We are just starting to receive this years allocations of rosé, which each year get more and more popular, and thus harder to get. So make sure you stock up on your favorites because there might not be much of it to go around.

From the West Coast we have several great options for the transition from Winter to Spring! The winemakers at Populis have created a juicy, savory blend of old-vine Carignane, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Colombard, and a touch of Muscat from organically farmed Mendocino and Sonima vineyards. Further inland is another excellent California blend from the Queen of the Sierra line from Forlorn Hope. Their blend showcases the excellently preserved Rorick Heritage Vineyard planted in the 1970's on limestone soils. AND Edmunds St. John 'Bone-Jolly' rosé is back! This year the Gamay Noir comes from a blend of fruit from the Barsotti Ranch and the Witter Vineyard, which, at 3,400ft elevation is one of the highest in California, and thankfully this meant it was graciously spared from the horrendous wildfires of last year. 

If you are looking for something on the more serious end of the rosé spectrum, consider trying one of these new skin-contact Pinot Gris from Forlorn Hope in Calaveras, CA, or the Moorooduc Estate in Mornington Peninsula, Australia. Both have fascinating, savory aromatics and enough structure to pair with heartier proteins and spice, and have the potential to age!

We also have a new crowd-pleaser to be enjoyed with or without food, the Canopus Pintom 'Rosado Subversivo' of Pinot Noir. The color alone, a bold, hazy pink, a shade similar to the roses you see above, got us excited to taste and it definitely did not disappoint. Juicy, slightly textured, and perfectly refreshing.

Magali Terrier and staff at "2 Anes"

Rosés from France are slow to arrive this year, but a few of our favorites from Provence and the Languedoc have just hit the shelves along with the superb Tavel from Domaine Lafond - and we've thown in a few deliciously chillable reds for your spring  and summer dining pleasure, featuring the Biodynamic Corbières "Fontanilles" from Magali Terrier at the Domaine des 2 Anes...

 

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Populis 2020 Mendocino Rosé

This is a refreshing, savory rosé with fruit from a handful of excellently farmed vineyards in Mendocino and Sonoma. The blend is predominantly old-vine Carignane from the Venturi Vineyard, with about 17% Zinfandel from Venturi and Hawkeye Ranch, with a splash of Pinot Noir for fruit, French Colombard for freshness, and a little Muscat for aromatics. Each variety was fermented separately, whole cluster pressed and left on the skins overnight (except the Muscat which was destemmed and saw five days of skin-contact) then blended together and aged for five months on the lees before bottling unfined/unfiltered with just a tiny amount of SO2.

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Edmunds St. John 2020 El Dorado County Bone-Jolly Rosé

One of our favorite rosés each year is this joyful rosé of Gamay Noir from Steve Edmunds! This year's fruit comes from a blend of the Barsotti Ranch and the Witter Vineyard in El Dorado County. 2020 was a frightful year for many reasons, not least of which were the devastating wildfires that destroyed many vineyards, but thankfully these high elevation sites were spared. Unusually for this bottling, the wine went through full, natural malolactic fermentation which lends this vintage a bit more weight on the palate, but remains bright and crisp. A perfectly refreshing rosé with notes of fresh strawberries sprinkled with salt, lime zest, and pink grapefruit! Michelle DeWyngaert

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Forlorn Hope 2020 Queen of the Sierra Rosé

This bright blended rosé is from the Rorick Heritage Vineyard that sits up at 2000ft elevation in Calaveras County, CA. This vintage is a mix of Zinfandel, Grenache Noir, and Tempranillo, whole-cluster pressed into stainless steel, fermented with native yeasts, racked after a few months on the lees, then bottled two months later with minimal SO2. Notes of ripe strawberry, concentrated watermelon, and orange blossom on the nose. On the palate is juicy strawberry, cherry juice, hibiscus, and tiny touch of tannin to keep it from going down too easy. Exactly the rosé you should take with you to a BBQ! Michelle DeWyngaert

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Forlorn Hope 2019 Calaveras Rorick Vineyard Dragone Ramato Pinot Gris

This is not just a skin-contact wine for the sake of being trendy. This is a beautiful, coppery wine of complexity that showcases the limestone-rich, sun-kissed, Rorick Heritage Vineyard in Calaveras. The fruit is fermented as whole clusters, gently foot-tread daily for 14 days before being pressed into neutral barrels where it remains on the lees for four months, racked, then aged an additional six months. On the nose are notes of rhubarb, white cherry, darjeeling, and blood orange. The palate has gentle, but present, powdery tannins, and juicy acidity. The structure here suggests it will age nicely over the next few years, but certainly did not prevent us from finishing a bottle in one night. Michelle DeWyngaert

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Eminence Road 2019 Finger Lakes Folts Farm Vineyard Cabernet Franc Rosé

This rosé from one of our favorite Finger Lakes producers is a dark ruby red, 100% Cabernet Franc from the Folts Farm Vineyard on the western shore of Keuka Lake. The fruit was destemmed and crushed into stainless steel, left on the skins for three days to develop it's rich color and a bit of tannin, and then aged for eleven months and then bottled unfined and unfiltered with just a small amount of SO2. Winemaker Andrew Scott describes the nose with notes of "watermelon rind, raspberries, and shale. Raspberry fruit, orange peel, and white pepper in the mouth."

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Moorooduc Estate 2018 Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris on Skins

This is an elegant, serious rosé of Pinot Gris that drinks more like a light-red; in fact it drinks almost like a very light Pinot Noir. This bright ruby colored Pinot Gris comes from the Mornington Peninsula of Australia from clay and iron-laden soils that come through on the nose and texture of this wine. The fruit sees a litte more than two weeks on the skins before being pressed into 2-3 year old barrels, then aged for ten months on the lees, bottled unfined and unfiltered. The nose is intensely earthy, fresh soil, rooibos tea, red clay, and dried apricot. The palate is balanced and well structures with powdery tannins that linger on the center of the tongue. There is just a bit left of this 2018 vintage which benefits from an extra year in bottle, and I suspect will continue to evolve gracefully over the next five years. As a food pairing, the flavor and structure can certainly hold up to heavily spiced dishes and fattier proteins. Michelle DeWyngaert

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Canopus 2020 Valle de Uco Pintom Rosado Subversivo

This wine is as fun and vibrant as the color suggests! In the coolest subzone of of the Uco Valley in Mendoz, El Cepillo, the winemakers of Canopus harvest organically farmed Pinot Noir on clay-calcareous soil for this bright pink, hazy rosado. Roughly 3/4 of the fruit is direct-pressed and begins natural fermentation in concrete tanks, and then the last 1/4 is left as whole cluster and deposited into the fermentation in mesh bags, like tea, to infuse the wine for six months. The wine is bottled without fining or filtering, and just a small amount of SO2. Notes of juicy watermelon, crunchy, underripe strawberry, and fresh herbs on the nose, and bright strawberry sorbet on the palate; a delight! Michelle DeWyngaert

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Viña Zorzal 2020 Navarra Garnacha Rosado

Viña Zorzal offers some seriously delicious wines from old vines for very little money (as fans of their delightful red Graciano can attest). This one honors the traditional wine of the Navarra region - rosado of Garnacha. Fragrant red currant, raspberry, and pink peppercorn aromas lead to crunchy cranberry and strawberry fruit flavors, with zesty pink grapefruit and tropical and herbal undertones on the finish. The label features a popcorn kernel pattern because Xabi Sanz of Zorzal recommends it as an accompaniment to popcorn and a movie. This year's wine is electric: bright pink in the glass and incredibly tasty!

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Costador Terroirs Mediterranis 2019 Catalonia Orange de Noirs Rosado

Sometimes it can be difficult to decide whether you're looking for an orange wine or a rose: this bottle, from Joan Franquet in Catalonia, stradles the two categories very admirably. Made with the red Sumoll Negre grape and the gray grape Xarel-lo Vermell, the wine is pink-orange in the glass and fresh and bright on the palate, perfect for early spring sipping or pairing with vegetables and lighter fare! (Arrives Friday, April 16th)

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Papras Winery 2020 PGI Tyrnavos (Greece) Oreads Black Muscat

Oreads, named for the nymphs of the mountains, is the rosé wine of the nymph-named trio from Papras Bio Wines, made from Black Muscat of Tyrnavos, which has been planted in Tyrnavos (near Mt. Olympus) for more than one hundred years. Like the Pleiades and Naiads, the organically farmed grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts, macerated on their skins for ten days, then bottled without fining or filtering and with only a small addition of sulfur (10mg). This year's Oreads is slightly darker in color than last year's, and shows beautiful pink flower, dried rose, and orange blossom aromatics. The palate is dry, crisp, and salty with lots of floral and citrus character: pansies, lilacs, the juice of blood oranges, salted pink grapefruit, and lemon zest. A great expression of this unique aromatic grape, and an instant reminder of spring time. Ben Fletcher

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Halara 2019 Rosato

A wine made by 6 different winemakers from all over Italy. The group rescued a vineyard with 40 year old vines in the region of Marsala, Sicily. The site is mostly planted with a rare red grape (resembling Carignan) named Parpato, with a fraction of vines dedicated to the more well-known  white grape, Cataratto. This wine was made in 2019... but not 2020 - so grab it while it is here! Fruit taken from bush vines in late August. Ratio is 95% Parpato and 5% Cataratto. Part was pressed in whole cluster and removed from the skins before vinification. The other portion was left on the skins for a day. Fermentation and aging, done on the lees for 6 months,  takes place in stainless steel. Bottled with no fining and no filtering. Color is deep and dark in the glass, with lovely spiced fruit and redcurrant aromas on the nose. Should pair perfectly with grilled meats or hearty vegetarian dishes, salads with grains, and the like.

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Montoni 2020 IGT Sicilia Nerello Mascalese Rosé di Adele

The name for this rosato is derived from a rose garden that the winemaker planted for his wife. Nerello Mascalese vines are 40 years old, planted 600 meters above sea level, with exposure to the east. Fermentation in cement with skin contact for 3 hours. Aged in cement for 6 months.The nose of this wine is wonderfully complex. Fresh and pungent basil and rosemary tangle with white and pink flowers, all above a sturdy aroma of red cherry. The palate is full of herbs and fruit, like sliced cherry and ripe watermelon. The structure is very bright, with very clean acidity. There is also a kiss of tannin, which keeps the whole wine nicely formed and refreshing. A very delicious bottle from one of our favorites in Sicily! David Hatzopoulos

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Enderle & Moll 2019 Baden Spätburgunder Rosé

100% Pinot Noir from sandstone and limestone soils. Fermentation on skins for about a week, then pressed and matured in used Burgundy barrels for about ten months. Lightly filtered with just a hint  of sulfur added. The 2019 Baden Spätburgunder Rosé has a darker ruby robe. The wine offers lovely rose petal and bruised strawberry aromas on the nose with pretty, exotic spice notes. The midweight palate boasts attractive wild cherry and red plum flavors with a tangy limestone-informed core and a lingering, savory, mouthwatering finish. John McIlwain

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Vetter, Stefan 2018 Franken Spätburgunder Rosé

2018 Spätburgunder Rosé? You must be crazy! Crazy like a Franken fox! This is one of the most compelling rosés we've tasted in a while.The Vetter 18 Spätburgunder Rosé has the palest peach skin robe. The effusive nose is redolent of orange blossoms and Rainier cherries with cool-toned forest floor aromas following. The palate, though lightweight, is electric with juicy stone fruit flavors and pungent, nearly saline minerality. Don’t be fooled by its seeming lightness of hue and weight, this is substantial and shockingly vibrant wine. Stefan Vetter may have a magic touch when it comes to Sylvaner, but don't sleep on this positively delicious rosé! John McIlwain

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Chene Bleu 2018 VdF Vaucluse Le Rosé

This is an exceptional rosé from certified Biodynamic Domaine De la Verriere in the Vaucluse. Majority Grenache, with Syrah, Rolle (Vermentino), Cinsault and Mourvedre, the color is a lovely pale salmon, and nose is delicate and subtle, with stone fruit and spring flowers. Totally dry, with well balanced acidity (not too sharp!). They recommend with grilled seafood, roast chicken, fresh lobster (ah Summer), and lightly spiced dishes. Salad would of course work as well. Any fan of Provence rose will be very happy with this bottle. -Eben

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La Bernarde 2020 Côtes de Provence Rosé "Hauts du Luc"

The 2020 La Bernarde Rosé is a delicious and refreshing blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, Rolle (Vermentino) and Syrah. Certified organic and fermented with wild yeasts, the grapes are grown in a high-altitude vineyard on limestone with clay and stones. The Cinsault is very present in the pretty aromas of peach and raspberry with citrus and floral hints. The palate is light, with a silky texture and nice mineral flavors underlying the fresh red fruit, peach and citrus flavors. This is a lovely and versatile wine that will be a delicious aperitif or accompaniment to fish, white meats and lighter grilled foods this summer.

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Lafond, Jean-Pierre & Pascal 2020 Tavel Roc-Epine Rosé

This well-known family estate produces excellent Tavel from certified organic vineyards and includes Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Clairette, Picpoul, Bourboulenc and Mourvedre! The 2020 Lafond Tavel is a lovely wine - fairly full-bodied as Tavel Rosé tends to be, but with nice freshness and very pretty fruit. The aromas are tart cherry and raspberry with citrus peel, peach and rose. The palate is round and supple with cherry and strawberry fruit, with citrus and mineral notes that linger on the long finish with refreshing acidity. Sip this smooth and delicious rosé by itself or serve with Salade Nicoise and grilled foods. DL

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Sulauze 2020 Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Pomponette Rosé

 A perennial favorite is back! This is a classic Provençal rosé made from Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Rolle, and Mourvedre in Biodynamic farming. Very pale pink color with aromas of peach, orange blossom, strawberry, and hints of cucumber. The wine is dry and mineral-driven on the palate with delicate peach skin and sweet spice. It’s refreshing and delicious!

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Rimbert 2020 Vin de France Petit Cochon Bronzé

Any wine named "Little Tanned Pig" after tourists on the Riviera is worth a try and this one happens to be quite good. Made by Jean-Marie Rimbert in Saint-Chinian (Languedoc) it's largely Cinsault with a little Syrah, and offers red berry notes on the nose and juicy, cranberry and cherry notes on the palate. There's also a pleasant hint of Languedoc funk and earth. A great wine for a barbecue, and a fantastic value!  (Note: Most inexpensive rosés are fermented with added yeasts which give them artificial bubble-gummy fruit — this one is not).

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Rimbert 2019 Saint-Chinian Les Travers de Marceau

 "Les Travers de Marceau" is a blend of 30% Mourvedre, 30% Syrah, 25% Carignan, 15% Cinsault planted at the highest elevation in the Saint-Chinian AOC. This appellation is divided by its soil composition - in the north, the soils are rich in schist, in the south there is only heavy limestone and clay soils.  Jean-Marie Rimbert's vineyards are in Berlou, in the north western half of the AOC. This soil composition and high elevation give his much-beloved wines a light, early drinking quality. The nose offers complex, exotic aromas of dried apricot, tree bark, savory spices, and undercurrents of crushed blueberry and pomegranate. The palate is silky and dusted with mineral acidity. Flavors of dense blue fruit and umami spices give way to star-anise and hints of fennel on the finish. This pairs perfectly served a bit cool, with saucisson, cassoulet, goat cheeses and summer cook-outs.

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Deux Anes 2018 Corbières "Fontanilles"

"Fontanilles" comes from  Carignan, Syrah, and Grenache Noir grown in Mediterranean bedrock and limestone scree in the Corbieres AOC.   All de-stemmed, this blend showcases the softer side of Carignan, and with the addition of Syrah and Grenache, the 2018 is a virtual trip to the Mediterranean. Aromas of violets and peppery spice lead to flavors of cocoa, thyme grown on windswept hills, with a bitter orange peel on the finish. A wonderfully balanced wine from the Languedoc that is made to enjoy now with a variety of foods. As the weather warms up, this will be our BBQ go-to!

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Mortier 2018 Bourgueil Les Pins

Fabien and Cyril Boisard make beautiful natural wines on their small estate in Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil. They practice organic and biodynamic farming with a great diversity of plants and trees among the vines and their vinifications are without additives until a small addition of SO2 if needed. The Bourgueil "Les Pins" is 100% Cabernet Franc from approximately 50 year-old vines in a 2 hectare parcel that has always been famed organically. The soil is deep clay over friable limestone - a cool spot that is harvested late. The 2018 showed beautifully last winter in France with superb aromas of ripe black fruits, licorice, spice and earth. The palate is silky and supple with terrific length - just a great Bourgueil to drink now, a bit cool, or after eight to ten years of cellaring.  David Lillie

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