Rose Season

Despite the occasional thunderstorm, summer is here as heralded by delivery of this season's roses. Roses are quintessential back yard wines, pairing perfectly with burgers, grilled chicken, salads, and my favorite summer fare - seafood paella! The ones I love I have to roll the dice on, setting up pre-orders in the depths of winter in the hopes that I can get my hands on them by summer. This is only made more difficult by the double digit growth again this year in the American rose market. 

This year sees the return of a couple favorites, the Jolie Folle from Provence and from the Loire Valley the remarkable Chateau Chateleuserie Cab Franc rose (due here in 2 weeks!). Also from the south in nearby Languedoc is the classic Chateau Deux Rocs with Cinsault and Syrah. Another Kermit Lynch never ceases to amaze with his little gems! Italians have never been huge rose drinkers, but they have boarded the rose train and we have one of the best. The Poggio Ai Ginepri Rosato

For those who prefer the softer sweeter American style, we have the Tulip rose from Colorado's own Two Rivers winery. A hard to find, sweet Riesling based rose. Also from the U.S. is the Grenache based Pink Belly from Skylark. Done very dry and clean as an ode to Provence with its crushed red cherry and stone character. Rounding out the domestics is a Sangiovese rose from Alexander Valley, a favorite from last year that we were able to score a few cases of again this year!

From Spain I found a classic Tempranillo based rose from Ribera del Duero, dry but softer and already a favorite for those just dicovering European rose. And just today, I fell in love with a delicious Mencia based rose from Bierzo with its gorgeous strawberry, cantaloupe, ruby grapefruit and key lime zest flavors. 

All of the above are offered by the glass or bottle in Bitto, and all are for sale in the Orchard Wine Cellar where we have a bunch more varieties even one from Cabernet Sauvignon! They start at around $10 a bottle and none cost more than $20 so stop in and taste summer!

have over 20 roses in right now!


Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #1 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Gran Passione

    #2 Gran Passione

    From the land of Amarone comes a delicious Merlot based blend. To perfectly ripe Merlot (60%) is added juice from dried Corvina grapes ala Amarone. Rich, deep and smooth, this is a remarkable Merlot that may just change your Merlot worldview! (behind by 34 bottles)

  • Lavender Row Pinot Noir

    #3 Lavender Row Pinot Noir

    While French Burgundy may be the highest echelon of this grape, the warm and rugged south of France has a climate similar to CA and can make easy drinking affordable Pinots too. This affordable French beauty offers notes of toasted oak, rhubarb, strawberry, red flowers and crushed stone. But the nose! It truly explodes with the lavender that is grown all around the vines. (behind by 7 bottles)

  • Tintero Moscato

    #4 Tintero Moscato

    Sori Gramella refers to the one of the only single vineyard Moscatos, and Marco is the only producer to bottle this striking limestone amphitheater commercially. Once the 30 year old vines give up their bounty, and the grapes are harvested and pressed, they are kept in stainless steel at a low temperature to prevent fermentation until an order is received in order to provide the freshest wine possible. (behind by 7 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Armas de Guerra Mencia

    Armas de Guerra Mencia

    An excellent introduction to Bierzo's native varietal, the palate is fresh, elegant, and clean. Energetic aromas of fresh blue fruits, violet and white pepper, plus a subtle touch of licorice. Supple and gently sweet on the palate, offering sappy boysenberry and floral highlights with a hint of smokiness.

  • Gewurz

    Gewurz

    A CA Gewurztraminer crafted in the style of those from the Alps. Great crisp minerality, rose petal and lychee notes, with bright acidity to hold it together. All organic from the rugged and cooler Potter Valley in Mendocino. Try with grilled chicken or pork chops to see what a great food wine this is!

  • Chateau Redortier Beaumes de Venise

    Chateau Redortier Beaumes de Venise

    Wine geeks know of Gigondas and Vacqueras that show off Grenache like no other. Bordering both is Beaumes de Venise which is known for fortified Muscat. On a steep hillside (at 1500 ft!) twin sisters Sabine and Isabelle make this earthy, spicy blend of Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. A gorgeous wine.

  • Obsidian Cab

    Obsidian Cab

    A wonderful classic CA Cab with solid structure from the altitude and Hungarian oak. Reserved and dark on the nose with aromas of blackberries, hints of black licorice and coffee. Really nice and elegant. Touch on the masculine side with no jammy, jelly jar junk here. Wonderfully different.