- On May 7, 2019
Rosé season has officially begun, and with it, the start to spring. That isn’t the only thing starting either… Stop into the shop for our Rosé Sale all month long in which all Rosé wines will be 10% off or more!! Despite our want to raise a middle finger to this awful winter let us instead raise a pinky from our glass and toast the coming of Spring and the start of Summer with that most delicious of all wines, Rosé!
For those of you living under a haze of snow soaked misery, the last few months let’s review exactly what Rosé is…Rosé is made when black-skinned grapes are crushed and the skins are allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a short period, typically two to twenty hours. The must is then pressed, and the skins are discarded rather than left in contact throughout fermentation (as with red wine making). The longer that the skins are left in contact with the juice, the more intense the color of the final wine. So, you can have a rosé that is as pale as a freshly cut pink tulip or as dark as a freshly caught salmon (both of which are lovely to have around a glass of Rosé). There is even rosé that that isn’t pink which the French call Blanc de Noir and can be as white as any white wine. Not sure where to start on your pink path? How about some of these gems that have just landed.
Il Follo Prosecco Rosé: 85% Glera (the variety formerly known as Prosecco which is now strictly speaking an appellation among the DOCG) and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon these varieties benefit from the cool Mediterranean climate and planted to the calcareous clay slopes around Conegliano among the renowned Valdobbiadene Hills which keep the wine fresh and mineral despite its fragrant fruit. From its beautiful gemstone pink color to its nose of strawberries and that crucial wisp of yeast, this is a delight. There’s bright yet sweet cherry hard candy on the palate that’s perfectly balanced by its acidity and fine mousse. Charmat method.
Rosé de Acanthes: 50% Grenache, 30% Carignan, 20% Cinsault from 18-year-old vines planted to the clay and limestone soils of the Gard region within Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France. Fresh and smooth, this is a pale and polished rosé of floral notes and rosy peaches, mint, and a smooth but refreshing finish. Enjoyable as an aperitif, for a picnic, grilled meat, and exotic cooking.
Scaia Rosato: From the white, calcareous, sandy loam soils of Mezzane di Sotto, this rosé is unique to this corner of Italy. Made from the local Rondinella variety also permitted in Amarone and the other wines of Valpolicella, this rosé keeps crisp because at harvest the bunches received a light cold maceration, cool fermentation in stainless steel, and no malolactic fermentation. Cherry pink, this is a rosé with a floral bouquet, scents of raspberries and other red fruit that combine on a well-balanced palate making a fine match to pasta and rice dishes, white meats and poultry in general, grilled polenta with herring, cheese Fresh and seafood.
Left Coast Cellars White Pinot Noir: Immediately pressed off its skins, this Pinot Noir is fashioned after the Blanc de Noirs method and is nothing short of invigorating. With clean, poached pear and that is fresh and pure and permeates the chirping texture that proves Left Coast is not only playful but making better wine than ever before.