Alta Alella, Mirgin Cava Rose Reserva Brut Nature 2017Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Mataro (Monastrell)
The family behind Alta Alella has spent their entire life dedicated to wine; that would be husband and wife duo Josef and Cristina. They’ve always been surrounded by vineyards and bottles; so it is only natural. There is a complete commitment to nature, yet desire to keep with trends. Though the winery is young, the family continually push themselves to learn new things with each vintage. The wines are very low intervention with no added sulfites; little is done to the wines after the grapes have been pressed. Regardless of their decision to start their own trends, the dynamic winemaking couple are making great strides in Barcelona. The Mirgin rosé is done in a Reserva style, aged for 15 months on its lees to create richness. Alta Alellas’s Cavas are rivaling champagne not only in quality, but at a staggering value.
Celler de les Aus, Puput - 375 mlRegular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Mourvedre (also known as Mataro or Monastrell)
The family behind Alta Alella has spent their entire life dedicated to wine; that would be husband and wife duo Josef and Cristina. They’ve always been surrounded by vineyards and bottles; so it is only natural! There is a complete commitment to nature, yet desire to keep with trends. Though the winery is young, the family continually push themselves to learn new things with each vintage. The wines are very low intervention with no added sulfites; little is done to the wines after the grapes have been pressed.
“Puput” is named for this unique bird that flies through vineyards and orchards. The Monastrell grape (locally known as Mataró) is left to over ripen on the vine, but harvested before the grapes begin to raisin. The lengthy maceration process and ageing is all done in one go as the wine spends six months in stainless steel. It is bottled after a light pressing. This is a wine radiating with candied plums, fig, and orange peel with tanginess and depth. It would be a wonderful match for fruit-based desserts, cheeses, or even dark chocolate.
Chateau Simone, Palette Rose 2018Regular price $70.00 Save $-70.00
Variety: Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Carignan
For seven generations the Rougier family have dwelt in their castle and held court as makers of, among other wines, perhaps the greatest rosé in the world. The amount of care and strenuous effort that goes into their wines -and their near-magical cellars whose very presence imparts an extra layer of complexity to the juice- is one of the trademarks of the world’s best winemakers. Perhaps the other most crucial aspect of great winemaking is a willingness to sacrifice quantity -sometimes significantly so-in order to maintain high quality. René Rougier and his forebears have never hesitated to do so, and the magnificence of their wines is deliciously expressive of that commitment. Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre play the lead roles in this classic Provence cuvée, where flavors of watermelon, strawberry and an almost candy-like ripe fruit lusciousness are back-framed by bright acidity, even a touch of salinity and a delicious, dry finish.
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup, Pic Saint Loup Tour de Pierres Rouge 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup has quite the legend following it. In medieval times, there were three lords of the Languedoc entranced by the beauty of a princess. She vowed to give herself to the most gallant, Christian man. The lords traveled to Jerusalem on a crusade to defend the tomb of Christ; upon returning, they discovered the princess’ death. In their grief, they each retreated to nearby mountains, living their lives as hermits. “Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup” translates to a hermit dwelling; Saint Loup Peak was named for one of the princess’ suitors. The three Ravaille brothers now operate the winery, their family having lived in the Languedoc for over 1000 years. The emblem of three fish not only reiterates the story of the three suitors, but also the fraternal bond of the three brothers.
The name of the bottling, “Tour de Pierres” means “tower of stones.” Perhaps the tower refers to the natural assemblage of limestone, and loose red clay stones at the bottom of the Gravette slope in Pic Saint Loup.
Grand Cros, Brut Rose "La Rivale"Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Mourvèdre and Cinsault
The lure of Provence –the colors, the sights, the sounds, the smells, what’s not to love? Certainly Canadians Jane and Hugh Faulkner couldn’t find an answer to that, purchasing and beginning restorations of Le Grand Cros in 1989. They were joined in 1999 by son Julian, who continued upgrades, this time focusing on the vineyards and winery. Their aim is to blend science and art, balancing the latest technologies with respect for the natural setting. From this thinking comes a lineup of rosés. Add some bubbles, and we can return to the above question: what’s not to love?
Grand Cros, Rose 2019Regular price $17.00 Save $-17.00
Variety: Grenache, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre
The lure of Provence –the colors, the sights, the sounds, the smells, what’s not to love? Certainly Canadians Jane and Hugh Faulkner couldn’t find an answer to that, purchasing and beginning restorations of Le Grand Cros in 1989. They were joined in 1999 by son Julian, who continued upgrades, this time focusing on the vineyards and winery. Their aim is to blend science and art, balancing the latest technologies with respect for the natural setting. From this thinking comes a lineup of rosés.
– take a dip into the Mediterranean! Refreshing with some strawberry and melon lift, grounded with some fennel notes.
The Grand Cros Rosé is another bottling of the wine that includes Cabernet and Carignan as well as Grenache and Cinsault in the mix. The vines also come from a broader area of the appellation of Provence.
Michel & Tina Gassier Cotes du Rhone 2019Regular price $15.00 Save $-15.00
Variety: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre
Michel Gassier is a man of many intricate traits. Michel and his wife, Tina, form the identity of Domaine Gassier, believing that their craft should come from a place of teamwork. He considers himself a “peasant-researcher.” His peasant side is derived from his genes while the researcher part reflects his own sense of character. Clearly inspired by the terroir of his vineyards and intervening as little as possible, inspiration comes from many of the international winemakers he meets. He takes notes from other winemaking methods and blending styles, consistently furthering himself to learn more and more.
This wine is another example of how Domaine Gassier maintains freshness in their wines. Their Côtes du Rhone is a classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. It is unfined and unfiltered, and aged in concrete for one year to retain purity of the terroir and fruit.
Railsback Freres, Rose "Les Rascasses" Santa Ynez Valley 2020Regular price $29.00 Save $-29.00
Variety: Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre
Inspired by the famed Provence Rosé made by Domaine Tempier.
The story of two brothers: even while still in high school, Eric was already collecting bottles of prized top dollar Burgundy and Chablis, hiding them under his bed when he started college. Lyle’s quest for knowledge landed him in Austria where he met one of his most important friends in the industry, sommelier Rajat Parr. After a decade of restaurant work, Eric returned to Santa Barbara to start his own project, Lieu Dit, inspired by the Loire. Older brother Lyle had also worn many hats in the industry, ultimately landing a job for one of the most esteemed importers Kermit Lynch, leading regional sales. After leading separate lives for some time, the brothers both felt a calling to merge their two paths, which is how Railsback Frères came to be born.
Tempier, Bandol Tourtine 2018Regular price $80.00 Save $-80.00
Variety: Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault
According to importer Kermit Lynch, no other winemaker stands more in the defense of terroir than the Peyraud family of Domaine Tempier. When Lulu Tempier married Lucien Peyraud, her father gave them the domaine, an active farm that had been in the family for 100 years. After tasting a pre-phylloxera bottle of Tempier Bandol, Lucien was inspired to research the terroir. Up until then, old vineyards planted with Mourvèdre had been regularly replanted to higher-yielding varieties. More research not only showed its historical roots to the area, but the grape proved to be more resistant to oxidation. Lucien worked with neighboring winemakers and the I.N.A.O. to establish Bandol as its own AOC. Replanting of Mourvèdre began; Bandol now requires a fifty percent minimum in all reds. Lucien has been paraded as the godfather of Bandol, but also as the man who revived Mourvédre to its former glory.
La Tourtine is a blend from mostly Mourvèdre supplemented with Grenache and Cinsault. Sitting at fairly high altitude from mostly clay soils in 40+ year old vines. The wine is powerful and tannic with the ability to age for some time.