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 11 bottles)

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #3 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. (behind by 1 bottles)

  • Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    #4 Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    First lets say that this is Not ChocoVine. This wine is actually made with eighty five percent Merlot and than has natural chocolate cream added to the mix. This is the wine for anyone looking for sweet red or the chocolate lover at home. Great gift for the holidays. (behind by 15 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • 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??

  • 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.

  • Amon Ra

    Amon Ra

    The 2014 Amon Ra reflects the tried and true essence of the Glaetzer style - generosity of flavor with finesse of structure. The inky purple color displays the gentle but full extraction. The nose shows an abundance of dark blueberry, vanilla, black cherry and hints of cassis with notes of mixed spice and anise. Although still young and firmly wound, the vibrant blackberry and dried spice flavors integrate well with youthful yet supple tannins with the trademark loooong and sleek finish. Meant to go 10 to 15 years to hit its prime.