Avenales Ranch Rose of Valdigue 2019$20.00
Valdiguié, called Napa Gamay when we originally planted it in 1997, is a little known grape. A true french style, dry rose’, this 2nd iteration springs to life with strawberry notes and a lingering peach finish. The perfect pairing for a spring picnic in the wildflowers or a hot summer day.
Banfi Centine Rose 2019, Tuscany, Italy$23.00
This beautiful wine comes from hillside vineyards located in the southern part of Tuscany. The soil is calcareous and well-drained. With a beautiful color of intense pink and aromatic bouquet, there are fresh with hints of woodland berries. Fresh and dry, with rich berry flavors; well-structured, with a long crisp, clean finish. Made from Cabernet, Merlot and Sangiovese, Centine Rosé is ideal as an aperitif. It pairs perfectly with fish, poultry and young, mild cheeses. We were delightfully surprised to enjoy it with grilled onions!.
Banshee Rose 2018$25.00
The decision to shift their vineyard sourcing to Mendocino County and expand the palette of varietals they work with for Banshee Rosé proved to be one of their best. The deliciousness and ensuing popularity of the wine last year was phenomenal, the only problem being that they sold out way too soon. Grenache, including some ancient Grenache Gris, dominates the blend providing complex, red fruit flavors and juicy body. This is reined in by Barbera’s tension with a spine of acidity while Syrah contributes a sense of ballast. The Pinot Noir (from a biodynamic vineyard) blends bright red berries and floral aromatics. White peach, citrus, and apricot blossom aromas unfold onto the palate with blood orange, rhubarb and pomegranate flavors. Lively acidity with great tension and verce with a chalky, saline quality.
Capo Creek Rose 2017$24.00
Just too pretty to believe, the Capo Creek Rose 2017 delivers notes of strawberry and watermelon Jolly Rancher(™). Made from Zinfandel, Syrah and Grenache, it is easy drinking so be sure to order plenty! Your friends will definitely be hogging the bottle.
Decoy Rose 2019$23.00
The Decoy Rosé 2019 was inspired by the great Rosés of Provence. Unlike many Rosés, which are made as a byproduct of bleeding off juice from red wine fermentations, the grapes for this wine were specifically harvested at lower Brix to make a dry Rosé. To further preserve the wine’s beautiful aromatics, pure fruit flavors and crisp refreshing mouthfeel, it was fermented entirely in stainless steel. This crisp and elegant Rosé displays enticing aromas of fresh-picked strawberries and honeydew melon, along with hints of orange blossom and guava. On the palate, it is bright and balanced, with layers of vibrant fruit and subtle notes of minerals and spice.
Domaines Ott BY.OTT 2019$34.00
Known for its distinctive bottles, Domaines Ott BY.OTT is blended and bottled in the new Château de Selle cellar, where part of the winery is exclusively devoted to its production. The entire process is controlled – from the blending to the storage -, ensuring the perfect quality expected of these wines. BY.OTT is an elegant extension to the Domaines Ott range, and a truly Provençal wine with conviviality and friendship at its heart. Pale and pretty in crystal-clear pink with orange undertones. The nose is delicate and fruity with notes of white peach and apricot mixed with passion fruit and mango. The taste is full, fresh and crisp with echoes of the fruity aroma amplified by citrus zest and sweet spices (cinnamon and cardamom). All of the great Domaines Ott tradition in a friendly and elegant wine.
Ehlers Sylviane Rose 2020$35.00
The perfect refresher for spring and summer enjoyment. The 2020 Ehlers Estate Sylviane Rosé is a bright pink rosé, very aromatic, with deep and fragrant aromas of ripe, juicy peaches, raspberries, and Asian pear. Aromas of wildflowers, lilacs, and cotton candy, remind us of a dreamy spring soirée. Very refreshing but intense in flavors. Ripe watermelon and more candy on the palate, with vibrant acidity and a long silky mouthfeel. The majority was fermented in used barrels, sur lie; the mouthfeel is creamy and silky but fresh from a great acidity, built up from frequent bâtonnage.
The Eyrie NV Spark is a blend of 55% Pinot Noir, 37% Chasselas Doré and 8% Pinot Blanc, from 31-year-old vines. It is an “ultra brut.” Medium to deep cherry-pink in color, it has aromas of cantaloupe, strawberries, raspberries and lemon peel with notes of stone and toast. The palate is dry with citrus and red berry flavors, spritely mousse and a refreshing, mineral-driven finish.
Fiddlehead Pink Fiddle 2018, Fiddlestix Vineyard$29.00
This flirty, dry Rosé of Pinot Noir delivers something for everybody. Its gorgeous color, dry finish and substantial textures make it an easy pick. The entire Pinot Noir grape is dedicated to making this wine, imparting that signature Sta. Rita Hills spice, Fiddlestix Vineyard color and youthful strawberry freshness to a limited supply that always runs out by summers end. A simply delicious wine that is not meant to be taken too seriously!
Guilhem Tournier Rose 2018, Bandol$30.00
The Bandol wine region, located near the coast east of Marseille and Cassis, is one of Provence’s most internationally recognized wine regions. Built around the village of Bandol, west of Toulon, the Bandol AOC covers the production of 8 communes with silicon & limestone soils. Those soils and the warm, coastal climate are ideally suited for the late ripening Mourvèdre grape which is the major variety of the region. For both the red and rosé wines, Mourvèdre must account for at least 50% of the blend, though most producers will use significantly more, with Grenache & Cinsaut usually filling out the rest of the wine’s composition.
People brag about drinking “back vintages” of Tempier Rosé for good reason: It’s a cellar-worthy wine that happens to be a rosé.
The same goes for Bandol Rosé from Château Guilhem Tournier. It has garnered a reputation among sommeliers and retailers for its amazing quality and age-worthiness.
Tournier and Tempier have a few things in common, such as being neighbors overlooking the Bay of Bandol.
They also share heritage. During WWII, Tournier’s grandfather and Lucien Peyraud trekked to Beaucastel and Simone for Mourvèdre clippings to restore their vineyards ravaged by Phylloxera and war.
With such prestigious vines and a very small (4 hectares) vineyard, Tournier makes Mourvèdre the centerpiece of his wines.
You could even call Tournier’s dedication to Mourvèdre extreme. He’s one of the few who use more than 60% in their Rosés—Tournier’s goes to 90%—and even fewer who do it successfully. You can see this in Robert Parker’s ratings of 2018 Bandol Rosés.
Few Bandol producers use as much as Tournier does because the variety is finicky and expensive to farm.
And, when they do use a lot of Mourvèdre, it often comes with a much higher price tag. For example: Tempier’s high end Bandol Rouge, Cabassaou, has 95% Mourvèdre and retails for $135–more than double Tempier Bandol (which has 75% Mourvèdre).
Part of Tournier’s success comes from being a farming purist. Organic and biodynamic, of course; horse and plow. And super light touch winemaking: native yeasts, filtering and fining with plant based material—Vegan.
With all that TLC, no wonder Guilhem Tournier Rosé gets top marks from Robert Parker—even higher than the appellation elite.
91 Points – Robert Parker
JNSQ Rose 2018$43.00
The finest Roses delight, refresh and entertain, offering nothing less than complete joy in a glass whether you are drinking it on its own, or with food. The JNSQ Rose Cru gives all this an more. It’s a fine wine sourced from carefully selected blocks in some of the finest regions along California’s cool Central Coast. The fruit from each vineyard block is made separately to bring out the absolute best qualities that each site has to offer. Grenache, Pinot Gris, Syrah and Viognier from these blocks are then combined to display a delicate complexity and balance to give something special, je ne sais quoi that is difficult to describe, but immediately recognizable on the first sip.
JNSQ Rosé Cru 2018 is summer in a glass, no matter what the calendar says. Not too sweet, but never bitter, this grenache-forward Rosé is clean and aromatic with a touch of strawberry and hints of Bing cherry. The dynamic flavors are accented with savory herbal and white floral notes that make it crisp and elegant, perfect for sipping by the pool, serving at a barbecue, or toasting over a candlelit dinner.
This wine is balanced, refreshing, and versatile. The graceful texture and clean finish make our Rosé Cru delightful all on its own, but it plays well with a range of foods. The fruit flavors complement light bites, like arugula and goat cheese salad, or fresh bruschetta, while the balanced texture holds its own with savory dishes like roasted branzino or even a prosciutto pizza.
Locations French Rose$27.00
Locations sourced the fruit for the French Rosé from a vineyard in the south of France, opting, this time, to produce a rose from 100% Grenache. Sourced from vineyard blocks that cling to granite and schist slopes; these 50-year-old dry farmed vines produce very low yields of perfectly concentrated fruit. Fermented at very cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks; this wine displays both a delicacy and vibrancy characteristic to the maritime influences of the Medateranian sea. A perfect wine to enjoy dining alfresco on a warm summer evening. The entry is fresh and supple with a raspberry foundation that is accentuated with tangerine and strawberry notes. The finish is a sprightly one thanks to flinty, stony details and bright tones of acidity.