Andrew Murray Esperance Rose 2020$24.00
Andrew Murray Vineyards estate vineyard, the Curtis Vineyard, is planted to about 50 acres of a great selection of Rhone varieties, including a variety that is particulary well suited to Rosé production – Cinsault. It makes up many of the delicious, light, and dry Rosé bottlings that remind folks of sunny breezy days spent in the south of France (even if you have never been there). The grapes were all harvested at peak Rosé maturity (early, with a lower sugar and brighter acid), in the middle of the night, and then quickly foot stomped to help start the color extraction process. The mashed grapes were then transferred to a cold room to macerate overnight. At first light the next day, the grapes were gently pressed off skins and fermentation was encouraged to start asap, in 100% stainless steel. The wine was aged in the same tank, on lees, choosing to only pump it once, as it was transferred to bottle. The resulting wine is wonderfully light, yet complex, and full of personality. Yes, there are plenty of fruity notes, but this is definitely not a kool-aid Rosé of yesteryear from California. Rather, it is very much in the moment. The Andrew Murray Esperance Rosé 2020 is crisp, light, dry and perfect for any meal! This will be your go to wine this summer! 750 cases made!
Avenales Ranch Rose of Valdigue 2021$22.00
Valdiguié, called Napa Gamay when they 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.
Balletto Rose of Pinot Noir 2021$29.00
So fun and lively. Savory guava, watermelon and lime combine with a light, delicate texture to make this pretty and delicious wine. The balance is heavenly with just enough acidity and weight to make you crave the next taste.
The Balletto Rosé is made exclusively from estate-grown Pinot Noir, a grape known for delicacy, light color and good acidity. It was cold fermented to complete dryness in 100 percent stainless steel to enhance its focus and harvested early to maintain acidity and lightness.
Banshee Rose 2019$22.00
The McDowell Valley Vineyards are located to the southeast of Hopland in Mendocino County. These vineyards are nestled in the rugged Mayacamas Mountains and are perched on sloped bench land at elevations as high as 1,000 feet.The Rhône varietals grown here produce Rosé that is fresh and vibrant with quintessential coastal climate traits.
The 2019 Banshee Rosé is a lovely shade of pale salmon with aromas of rose water, salinity and fresh picked strawberries. Bright flavors of juicy cantaloupe and honeydew melon are highlighted by a touch of Meyer lemon. Racy acidity and elegance are balanced perfectly in this dry, crisp Rosé.
Capo Creek Rose 2021$34.00
Not just for summer! This Rose’ blend of 78% Zinfandel and 22% Grenache Noir has fresh flavors of strawberry, peach and a hint of watermelon and works as a great starter to any meal or special occasion. Refreshing and balanced, not too sweet and not too bitter. We like to make Rose’ cocktails served up in vintage coups and use as starters for special dinners. Usingthe saignee production method of bleeding off the juice after contact with the skin and seeds creates a more flavorable rose’.Crisp and refreshing, bursting with strawberry and raspberry notes. Great apertif to any meal or for porch pounding with your neighbors. Even those that don’t usually like Rose’ end up loving this one!
Custom Label Rose 2019$45.00
Our 2019 Rosé will not disappoint Rose fans. This vintage “rocks” with vibrant flavors of bright, red berries and hints of lemon meringue (we’re not kidding.) And the best part is its beautiful color – perfectly pink!
Decoy Rose 2021$20.00
The Decoy Rosé 2021 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.
Ehlers Sylviane Rose 2021$35.00
The perfect refresher for spring and summer enjoyment. The 2021 Ehlers Estate Sylviane Rosé is an elegant salmon pink rosé with a fresh aroma of strawberries, white peach, and pear. Delicate, with subtle floral aromas. Very refreshing but intense in flavors. Silky mouthfeel, fresh, with hints of vanilla, fresh-cut herbs, and wild underripe berries, it finishes with vibrant acidity and long-lasting candied fruit. 55% of the juice was fermented in used barrels, sur lie, which enhanced the body and acid structure in the final blend.
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 2019, 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 2020$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.