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

  • Gran Passione

    #1 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!
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Bonavita Red

    #2 Bonavita Red

    Made from four grapes harvested later than usual to achieve a greater ripeness and smoothness. A deep and inky wine, with ripe plum and blackcurrant aromas. Nice ripe fig and cherry with chocolate and licorice flavors. Just enough oak to give it some backbone. (behind by 6 bottles)

  • Tintero Moscato

    #3 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 14 bottles)

  • Durigutti Cabernet Franc

    #4 Durigutti Cabernet Franc

    Say what? Now a Cab Franc from Argentina?? Argentina is taking over! With a dark intense color, hints of baked fruit, violets and vanilla. Nice soft tannins support the ample rich fruit. Argentina has taken another French grape and done it remarkable well! (behind by 4 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • 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!

  • Farm to Table

    Farm to Table

    A fun and lighter style from the cool mountains of Victoria. Aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry jam flirt with notes of forest floor a touch of peppery oak. Lively cola and raspberry flavors with vibrant acidity. Darn good value too!

  • Miquel Pons 77 Xarelho

    Miquel Pons 77 Xarelho

    Paying homage to Miquel Pons who has 77 harvests under his belt is this delicious Xarel·lo. Handpicked and aged in French barrels with generous lees treatment, this is Xarel-lo like none we ever had. Gorgeous earthy acidty wrapped in creamy texture and ample oak. If you are a Cali chard drinker, prepare to have your heart broken by this Spanish seductress!

  • Maimai Syrah

    Maimai Syrah

    So pretty. Brings a clear nose of Gimblett Gravels terroir beneath lush soft blue and black fruit with lovely violet and lavender notes. Palate is clean, balanced and very approachable. Just a hint of the Northern Rhone's meatiness but mostly bright fruit and enough acidity to hold it in check. Maybe the best NZ Syrah out there??