Chateau Peyrassol & The April Six Pack
The new 2020 Chateau Peyrassol Cotes de Provence Rosé is now in the shops and sells for 33.95 net/bottle. Chateau Peyrassol rivals Domaines Tempier and Terrebrune from Bandol most years, and the 2020 is no exception. We expect that this year’s Chateau Peyrassol will be one of the very best rosés we receive this season. There is an exceptionally refined delicacy, elegance and complexity in the 2020 version, and it might turn out to be our favorite ever from this producer!
MCCARTHY & SCHIERING DRY ROSÉ 6-PACK #2
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GRAB AND DASH! — 99.95 net
6 bottles for an average price of $16/bottle!
2020 Les Quatre Tours Classique Rosé Aix en Provence 15.00 12.75VS
40% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fresh, clean, precise, and delicate with great acidity — fruit notes of apple, red currant, strawberry and pomelo, with lingering minerality. An excellent match with grilled or poached fish, shrimp cocktail and grilled scampi. It’s hard to believe how much complexity and flavor you get for $15!
2020 Rezabal Txakoli Rosé, Basque 16.00 13.60VS
Hondarrabi Beltza and Hondarrabi Zuri
Txakolina is from the Basque region of Spain near Bilbao on Spain’s Northern coast. Over the last few years Txakolina has become one of our “go-to” rosés because of its incredibly fresh minerality. With a brilliant ripe peach color and a very slight spritz upon opening, aromas and flavors of strawberry, lime zest, and bright acidity highlight its low alcohol of 10.5%. The aftertaste on the palate leaves a trail of exclamation points in its wake, a perfect picnic wine, or to drink throughout the day, paired with something snacky. A good place to start is by fashioning yourself the quintessential Basque pintxo, a gilda: pickled peppers, green olives, and salt-cured anchovies skewered on a toothpick. Txakoli is meant to be fun!
2020 Schlosskellerei Cistercien Rosé, Austria 19.00 16.15VS
Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Pinot Noir
The valley of the Danube and its side valleys belong to the “cool climate” areas of Austria. This medium bodied rosé has a lovely pink-light orange color and offers elegant aromas of cherry, raspberry, strawberry and wild iris. The balanced acidity and polished texture flow seamlessly to its lengthy finish — a perfect companion for the entire evening or food pairings for lighter meals that ask for a rosé with freshness and balanced acidity. Schloss Gobelsberg is a Cistercian monastic estate, and one of the oldest wineries in the Austrian Danube area with a documented history that dates back to 1171 — 850 years! Many of you will recognize the label because of the property’s lovely Grüner Veltliner which we sell year-round at the shops.
2020 Minuty “M” Rosé Cotes de Provence 21.00 17.85VS
Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah
M de Minuty is the quintessential Côtes de Provence rosé, a style that Chateau Minuty has help define. Fresh, lively and perfectly balanced, aromas and flavors of orange peel and red currant. A glass in hand transports you to the seaside and the French Riviera lifestyle, watching the sea and the sky, surrounding yourself with friends and family, and enjoying life to the fullest.
2020 By.Ott Rosé Cotes de Provence 25.00 21.25VS
60% Grenache, 28% Cinsault, 8% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre
One of annual favorites, By.Ott expresses aromas of white peach, kiwi and a subtle hint of vanilla. The palate is complemented by a lemony, slightly spicy complexity reminiscent of everlasting flowers. The soft, broad palate is accompanied by a pleasant freshness that adds length and leads to a citrus-infused and yellow fruit finish. Domaines Ott has pioneered prestige rosé wines since 1912. Founded in 1896 by Marcel Ott, the wine estates of Domaines Ott were acquired by Louis Roederer in 2004. Descendants of the founder carry on the heritage of crafting some of the world’s finest roses from the French Riviera region.
2020 Mas de Valériole Gran Mar Bouches-du-Rhône–Camargue Rosé 23.00 19.55VS
Now for something truly wacky, but so delicious! The Caladoc grape variety is a hybrid cross of Grenache and Malbec and is particularly well suited to the deep south of France, given its resistance to uneven flowering. High pitched notes of white cherry and plum, with a penetrating impression of minerality. A note of salinity on the palate gives it an overall sense of poise that marries nicely with its boisterous fruit elements! Pairs nicely with penne all’ arrabbiata, spicy aromatic dishes, and saffron rice. Mas de Valériole is a 45-hectare family owned estate originally founded in the early 15th century. It located within an outstanding territory, the Camargue Regional Nature Park in Provence.
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2019 O Fillo da Condesa Albarino Rias Baixas, Spain 13.00 11.05VS
We’ve enjoyed selling this Albarino for a number of years now, but the new release of the 2019 vintage is exceptional! The Albarino grape variety has been grown in Galacia on Spain’s North Atlantic coast for centuries. Aromatics of lime blossom, lemon zest and tangerine precede a vibrant minerality on the palate, with a hint of salinity reminiscent of the sea. Well integrated acidity makes it perfect as an aperitif and with lighter fare.
2019 Gorgo San Michelin Custoza, Veneto 16.00 13.60VS
Made with trebbiano, garganega and cortese grape varieties, this white will appeal equally to those seeking the elegance of Pinot Grigio and the richness of unoaked Chardonnay.
Deep straw yellow with bright hues, the bouquet is vinous, with scents of citrus and ripe pear. Well balanced on the palate, it pairs particularly well with mushroom risotto, baked white fish, or a lighter style seafood pasta. Made with 100% organic grapes, the fruit is usually picked in mid-October for optimal ripeness.
2019 Nicolas Potel Macon-Villages 21.00 17.85VS
Based on our tasting of 2019 white Burgundies released to date, it is our expectation that the vintage will be excellent to outstanding! Aromatics of roses, verbena, citrus fruits, and lemon grass are complemented on the palate with balanced acidity and notes of fresh almonds and ripe peach, reminiscent of Meursault. Vinified in stainless steel and then aged in 80% stainless steel and 20% neutral used oak barrels for 6-9 months, this small amount of oak aging adds texture and complexity.
2018 Vignoble Guillaume Pinot Noir Vin de Pays de Franche-Comte 19.00 16.15VS
The Guillaume family is one of the leading plant nursery owners in Europe, providing grafts to many top wineries in Burgundy, Champagne, Piedmont and Tuscany. Their 43 hectare of vineyards are located just 40 kilometers east of Burgundy’s famous Côte de Nuits before you reach the Jura. Vines are rigorously tended, emphasizing maximum exposure and low yields. This delicious Pinot Noir has a crystalline ruby-red color. Red fruit aromas of cherry and ripe strawberry are framed on the palate by complex flavors of blood orange, hints of chalky-clay earth, and minerality. From the softer and approachable 2018 vintage, this medium weight Pinot drinks perfectly now and should develop nicely in the bottle over the next year or so. A great choice for those who enjoy both red Burgundy and Oregon Pinot Noir.
2017 Tolaini Al Passo Toscana 25.00 21.25VS
“The 2017 Al Passo is a blend of equal parts Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Open-knit and plaint, with soft curves, the 2017 offers tons of immediacy. Cedar, tobacco, dried herbs and macerated cherry all meld together in an inviting, mid-weight Tuscan red to that will drink well for many years.” — Antonio Galloni This is an absolute steal for those looking for a Super Tuscan red like Sassicaia, Solaia, Tignanello or Ornellaia at a mere fraction of the price.
2018 Orr Merlot Columbia Valley 25.00 21.25VS
Our good friend Erica Orr is Washington’s oracle of Chenin Blanc and Greanche. She now has added Merlot to her portfolio, coaxing magic from this grape variety. Maybe we now refer to her as the “Merlot whisperer”? 🙂 The 2018 Orr Merlot is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from sustainably farmed Stillwater Creek Vineyard in the Columbia Valley’s newest AVA, The Royal Slope. Beguiling elements of roasted red pepper, plum and pomegranate are classic for Washington Merlot. The palate is fresh and balanced. Seamless with silky fine-grained tannins, you can feel that some of the structure and concentration is delivered by the Cabernet component of this blend, with just the right amount of oak influence that makes it easy to reach for a second glass!