Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Our 2011 Rosé Story...

Our rosé inventory has steadily increased every year since we opened in 2006; and we are very happy about that. We look for bone dry, crisp and refreshing versions of this great warm weather wine. The flavors of bright fruits like strawberry, citrus and sometimes watermelon coupled with good acidity make for great pairings with all kinds of foods. There are many levels of good rosé but we focus on the best examples between $12-$20 (although we always need to have a higher-end Bandol too).

Over the next few months, April through June, all of our hand-picked rosé selections will begin to arrive. Please come by and start sampling. Not all of these are in yet, but they are planned, with more to be added as we go...

2011 Chateau Routas Rouviere Rosé $12.99 (April 11th)
A refreshing dry rosé from the heart of Provence. Bright red berry and mint aromas with a supple yet dry and crisp finish. This mouthwatering rose-a blend of Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache-is juicy yet elegant, with a orange and cherry flavors carried in a clean line by vibrant acidity.

2011 Domaine Corbilliers Touraine Rosé $14.99 (June)
Made from 100% Pinot Noir. Hand-harvested. Naturally fermented. Elegant style. The result is a pale rose wine, slightly spicy, with a vague hint of pepper. It is a thirst-quenching wine to drink with summer meals, and can also be paired with exotic cuisine.

2011 Chateau La Rame Bordeaux Rosé $14.99 (May 1st)
Equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. A rosé wine that shows the classic terroir and composition of Bordeaux in a new light; brisk, clean, mineral and lovely strawberry notes. From vineyards in the hills above Sainte Croix du Mont, another fetching value from the Armand family.

2011 Château Soucherie Rosé de Loire $14.99 (June)
Estate bottled. This beautiful property in the heart of the Coteaux du Layon has a fine touch with the Cabernet Franc grape. Their Rose de Loire is dry with a marked minerality to its flavor and finish. A nice bouquet with strawberry and herb aromas. Perfectly pleasing on the palate with a hint of licorice and long finish.

2011 Commanderie de Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé $17.99 (May 1st)
From the perennial epicenter of rosé wine, Provence, the Commanderie cuvée is always pale rose in color. It is fresh and lively on the palate, nicely dry with a mineral finish. A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Hints of strawberry and citrus dance on your palate.

2011 Domaine de la Petite Mairie Bourgeuil Rosé $17.99 (May 1st)
Domaine de la Petite Mairie is owned and managed by Corinne and James Petit, an enthusiastic couple devoted to their little corner of the Loire Valley and its wines so celebrated by Rabelais. They have an uncompromising vision of the expression of the Cabernet Franc grape married to the unique terroir of Bourgeuil. This rose is bright, dry and delicately spicy. Very refreshing

2011 Domaine D'Eole Rosé Provence $18.99 (May 15th)
Made with 55% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Counoise and 5% Carignan, this shining rose, with the color of a pale rose petal with purple reflections, is characterised by fine aromas of red and citrus fruits, followed by its harmonious flavor, full of finesse and surprisingly long lasting. Both its vivacity and fruity flavor will match nicely with all warm weather foods.

2011 Eric Kent Sonoma Coast Rosé Sonoma $19.99 (March 27th)
A gorgeous deep pink, light reddish color, with a nose of pink grapefruit, strawberries, watermelon and hibiscus. One sip and cranberries, fresh red cherries, rhubarb and hints of ripe apple peel take over on the palate. Pure and refreshing with lively acidity, just like a rosé should be, yet with the balance, complexity and pedigree of a much more costly wine. Rosé of 65% Pinot Noir, 20% Grenache and 15% Syrah.

2011 Château Pradeaux Bandol Rosé $26.99 (June)
Some call the Bandol rosé the king of all rosé, and Pradeaux really does deliver. Pradeaux's  major part of the vineyards are planted to Mourvedre, but their Bandol rosé is composed of Cinsault and Grenache as well as Mourvedre. After a short maceration on the skins, in order to extract a light color, the juice is fermented at low temperatures to retain freshness, fruit and bouquet. All tank fermented. Serious. Fresh. And a full-bodied rosé.