We absolutely LOVE Rosé this time of year and tend to drink it all Summer long! We found this little gem of a Rosé a few years ago and are so excited each March when the cases starting showing up.
Provence, in France's southern region, is THE place for quality Rosé production and the 'Cuvée Rosée d'Aurore' is a wonderful example. This classic blend uses Grenache, Cinsault, and Rolle in delivering a light, crisp, and pleasant Rosé that smells of ripe peaches and tastes like liquid sunshine. Open a chilled bottle and enjoy while the Spring sun is shining down. Best enjoyed with linen clothes and a deep, dark Mediterranean tan. $18.00
Yes, you can drink Rosé and still be bad ass!
Franco-American wine making team Charles Bieler and Charles Smith have collaborated in bringing you this fun and zippy Rosé from Washington State. The blend is comprised of Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Grenache.
"The 2012 Rosé exhibits a beautiful pink color, tinged with a subtle salmon hue and coppered fuchsia edges. The aromas pop with wild strawberry, rose, cherry, subtle hibiscus and a touch of citrus, with underlying dried herb, crushed gravel and mineral tones. These bright fruit and savory flavors continue through the palate with great acidity that carries into the finish." $12.00
Burgundy is synonymous with Pinot Noir and Bouchard Pere & Fils have been making wine in this illustrious region since 1731. This entry level Pinot Noir offers a curious nose of menthol, barnyard, forest floor, and mushroom aromas. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find muted hints of red cherry fruit. The palate is lively with acidity and red berry flavors.
Les Mis is our first Rosé arrival of spring and we’re so excited about it! Vineyard sites throughout Paso Robles deliver the Malbec, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Petite Verdot used in the blend. A brilliant fuscia color is the first thing you’ll notice. Floral notes of lavender, red candy, and watermelon leap from your glass. Juicy red fruit flavors coupled with zippy acidity and a spicy finish make this a wonderful rosé to enjoy all Summer long.
“The latest vintage of our extraordinary blend enchants the nose with a refreshing bouquet of succulent fruit and delicate florals, opening with juicy honeydew melon, sweet white peach, and ripe green plum touched with hints of spiced white tea and soft apple blossom. The vivacious palate leads with crisp yellow grapefruit, fresh-cut pineapple and sumptuous honeyed pear notes. Lush and lively fruit flavors linger through the clean and slightly off-dry finish.”
This is, by far, the sexiest vermouth we have tasted! Grapes from the Spanish Priorat region have been selected, harvested, and infused with indigenous herbs and aromatics. The result is a fragrant and smooth vermouth that can easily be enjoyed all by itself.
The infusion is made from different aromatic herbs that have been macerating for over a year in oak barrels, with proportions from their ancestor’s original. After one year in oak, a small amount of the “young” vermouth is added to the barrel of “old” vermouth, where it rests for another year before being bottled. Bottling is done in small quantities at a time. Only 700 cases are made every year.
In addition to the herbal infusion, on the second level appears an aroma of aged wood, the earth just after a rain, truffle and honey. The original blend provokes surprising sensations to the senses. On the palate it is balanced, with just enough sweetness to compliment the accompanying characteristic bitter citrus. A good match with anything salty or savory, especially with appetizers. The traditional tapas from this region however are olives, and salty nuts. Serve in small pours with 2 ice cubs, cold. Or try it with rye whiskey for a classic Manhattan.
Here, we travel to the Rioja wine region in Spain where Tempranillo is king and American oak barrels are used prodigiously in the wine making process. The term ‘Crianza’ refers to a wine that has been aged for a minimum of 2 years with 6 months of oak aging.
This is a SPECTACULAR Rioja for the price!
“… The nose demands coaxing from the glass, but it eventually offers a crisp, natural bouquet of dark berries, burnt toast and singed leather. The palate is very well balanced, with lithe tannins that caress the mouth. The oak is seamlessly integrated towards the lingering, supple finish. This is a very well-crafted, natural Rioja."
- 91 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This California Chardonnay is made with organic grapes and certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).
“Lucinda and Millie happily coexist on our vineyard farm in beautiful Mendocino County. These animals along with our vines thrive in this atmosphere where tradition and natural practices bring balance and healthy lifestyle”
The Chardonnay opens with a yellow-green straw color and luscious aromas of ripe pears and fall apples; a slight hint of vanilla bean sneaks past. The wine coats the palate with a rich and round texture, flavors of citrus and orchard fruit, and leaves behind an acidity that keeps the palate fresh. Try it with spinach ricotta pie, lemon and herb roasted chicken, and spicy baked shrimp.
The Italian viticultural area known as the "Langhe" is situated in north-western Italy in the province of Piedmonte, at the foot of the Alps. It is here you will find some of Italy's most noble red wines made from the variety known as Nebbiolo. Nebbiolo (from the word 'nebbia', which means fog) is king of the Langhe and produces wines that are lightly colored, highly tannic, and which offer scents of tar and roses.
This Langhe Nebbiolo is a great entry to the category which includes Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara, and a few others. Although those wines fetch much higher prices, the Nebbiolo from Monchiero will offer an expression of Nebbiolo without breaking the bank.
Light, bright ruby red color. Straightforward fruity aromas of cherry, plum, strawberry, and red flowers. A bit more depth and grip than the light color and bouncy, fruity nose would lead you to expect. The acid is strong, and noticeable tannin makes this a very food-frinedly wine. Clingy flavors of dark cherry and some roasted herbal resin.
Try it with Venison, roasted meats, pasta with a strong meat sauce, beef casseroles, and salami. $15.99
Justin Willet Tyler crafts small production Burgundian varietals in southern California's Santa Barbara County appellation. He utilizes some of the very best vineyards throughout the area and focuses on creating wines that are both delicate and balanced. A close collaboration between the wine-maker and the growers results in wines of the highest quality. His wines will allow you to experience a "sense of place" and help you understand the terroir responsible for the wine in your glass.
"A blend of both young and old vines from the best three blocks in my estimation: G, N, & Q. (I'm not sure when we'll stop calling the 'young vines' young, they are now 15 years old...). This combination of age adds layers of complexity to the finished cuvee: the old vines give depth and sophistication; the young vines add freshness, richness, and youthful exuberance. Dusty Tannin, Violets, Spice, Dark Cherry, Cola." $55.00