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Michel Vattan, Sancerre Rose 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
Michel Vattan is one of the best examples of how a winemaker can begin with next to nothing, grow slowly, and age well over time. He grows mostly Sauvignon Blanc for which Sancerre is famous, though Sancerre does produce a little Pinot Noir which is often made into a fresh dry rosé.
The Sancerre Rosé is made completely from Pinot Noir. It is made in the direct press method which allows the wine to have similar freshness to the classic Sancerre, but retain the aromatics of Pinot Noir. Even though Pinot Noir is typically a later ripening grape, Vattan actually harvests earlier to retain freshness in the wine.
Meinklang, Rose Frizzante Prosa 2021Regular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Variety: Pinot Noir, Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch
Meinklang has taken the wine world by storm in the last few years due to the family's passion for making diverse products from the estate. Farming is at the core, with full bio-dynamic practices in place. The family has a full herd of Angus and Aubrac cattle, plus sheep. The farm believes in a full circle of life within the vineyards and farmland. The family has even achieved Demeter certification, one of the most difficult biodynamic certifications. The estate is located in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of National Park Neusiedlersee in Austria, just on the border of Hungary. The insane number of different wine labels produced shows the passion for creating wine with character and personality, with over 20 labels in production.
This is one of the more fun bottles from Meinklang. Their frizzante rose is a winner year after year. Prosa is done in the pet-nat (ancestral method) style and comes out as a lightly fizzy, juicy, naturally low-alcohol rose.
Conca d'Oro, Rose Prosecco Treviso NVRegular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Variety: Glera and Pinot Nero
Fattoria Conca d’Oro loosely means “golden basin farm.” The winery has been around for generations with their own vineyards in the heart of the Strada del Prosecco, namely in the Valdobbiadene production zone, known as having the absolute best hillsides in the region for Prosecco winemaking. The winery is involved in each moment of the process beginning with tending to their vines, harvest, and production of these Prosecco wines.
The region of Veneto now allows for the production of "Prosecco Rosé" as the name of the wine and the winemaking appellation. The wine is done in the charmat method, different from Champagne, as it is done with the tank method. Glera, the traditional grape used for Prosecco production is blended with an additional 20% of the red variety Pinot Nero.
Ulacia, Txakoli de Getaria Rose 2021Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Hondarrabi Beltza and Hondarrabi Zuri
Julian and Maia Ulacia’s small winery near the small fishing village of Getaria makes a mere 6000 cases of wine annually. Getaria is part of the Basque region, home to one of the most exciting wine and food scenes in all of Spain It is located a stone’s throw away from the coast and the French border. The wines here go perfectly with the local seafood. Even though much of Spain is known for its warmer climate wines, the Basque region is definitively cooler. The presentation of Ulacia’s Txacoli wine is an art here; the bartenders do what’s called the “high pour,” an effort to give these light zippy wines an added effervescent and foamy mouthfeel.
The Hondarrabi Beltza grapes come from 40 to 50 year old vines. Since this is a rose completed by blending both white and red grapes together, the grapes go through unique treatments. The reds undergo a three hour maceration while the white juice is added later to ferment together. It’s bottled just three months after harvest.
Matthiasson, Rose 2021Regular price $34.00 Save $-34.00
Variety: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Counoise
Steve Matthiasson is a California pioneer. Daring to break Napa tradition, Steve and his wife Jill have planted rare, ancient Italian grapes though recognize that Napa loves all the well-known international grapes. A Matthiasson tasting experience, laid out on the picnic table that separates their home from the winemaking operation (with their dog and at least one son stopping by!) shows instantly how the couple reveres the place they farm together. This is real California wine and Matthiasson’s wines are where California wine is headed. Steve Matthiasson is a six-time nominee for a James Beard award, a serious achievement in the wine industry. He has also been named “Winemaker of the Year” by both Food & Wine Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. Steve and Jill are long time friends and mentors to Hart & Cru.
This Rhone-inspired blend comes from two organic vineyards in Dunnigan Hills and Napa Valley. The fruit is grown exclusively for this rose and harvested early just as it would for a sparkling wine to retain all its glorious acidity. Everything about this wine is intentionally done in a fresh style which lends itself perfectly to all manner of spring vegetables and summer porch sipping.
Ruth Lewandowski, "Rose" 2021Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Tempranillo, Souzão, and Touriga Nacional
When asked to express his viewpoint on organic winemaking, Evan responds: “A winegrower working incessantly in his/her vines, with a mind focused both on the sky above and the soil below, not just the fruit zone, will naturally come to deeply know their vines and their specific place and inevitably seek to eradicate those things that destroy in favor of choosing to support and encourage life. It must start with these connections in the vineyard. Wine made by these people, the ones earnestly and honestly seeking to know their farms, in the end will be organic wine to me.”
The 2020 Rose brings two different vineyard sites together, as well as several grape varieties. This one really boasts the art of blending. In the Rorick Heritage Vineyard grows Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo) to bring a “snappy” juiciness to the blend. In the Fox Hill Vineyard, a small portion is devoted to the Portuguese varieties Souzão and Touriga Nacional, which typically would make fortified wine, though winemaker Evan finds them to be a fascinating and tannic addition to this blended rosé.
Wild Nature Wines, Prosecco Rose Brut NatureRegular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Glera and Pinot Noir
Wild Nature is a winery located in both the Verona and Venice provinces. The project is one focused on terroir, a mindfulness for nature, particularly the animals that inhabit the vineyard sites. In addition to their organic practices, they are also firm believers in biodiversity in the vineyard, which the animals on each of their bottes reiterates. The winery has been pioneering organic farming since 1974 in northern Italy. Alongside their vineyards, you will find tree-lined banks, meadows, and ponds, encouraging the abundance of wildlife.
The region of Veneto now allows for the production of "Prosecco Rosé" as the name of the wine and the winemaking appellation. The wine is done in the charmat method, different from Champagne, as it is done with the tank method. Glera, the traditional grape used for Prosecco production, is blended with an additional 10% Pinot Nero. The wine has no added dosage (sugar).
Girolamo Russo, Etna Rosato 2019Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese
Giuseppe Russo left his native Sicily for a time, trained as a pianist and music teacher, and studied literature. But when his father, Girolamo, died, Giuseppe returned in 2005 to make “the best wines (I) can in this exceptional, often challenging but uniquely beautiful area.” Although the Russo family calls the area in and around Passopisciaro home, it is an interesting and dynamic place that is attracting winemakers from the all over the world. The Russos have 26 hectares of land, 15 planted to vineyards and the rest to olives and hazelnut groves. Their vineyards are on the north face of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna, in the north-eastern corner of Sicily.
This is made entirely from Sicily’s main red variety, Nerello Mascalese. It is made from mostly young vines jout of the San Lorenzo Contrada, which are perfect for this fresh rose. To retain its freshness, it is aged completely in stainless steel.
La Collina, Rosa Luna 2018Regular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Variety: Lambrusco Salamino
The Cooperative, La Collina, resides in Reggio Emilia, the heart of the Emilia Romagna. This region is home to Lambrusco, the tri colored Italian flag, and Parmigiano Reggiano! The story is unexpected; back in 1975, twelve young men joined minds and hearts to begin a cooperative of both agricultural ambitions and humanitarian efforts. The project was aimed to draw in those with drug problems, rehabilitate them through the rewards of biodynamic farming, and reap the benefits of incredible wine, cheese, and other produce. The winery is, in essence, a result of community collaboration far ahead of its time in the hills of Emilia Romagna.
This is a traditional pure expression of Lambrusco without the cloying sweetness. Enea uses frozen grape must to help kickstart the fermentation naturally, and boost the aromatics of the resulting wine. While this Lambrusco is definitely tart and fruity, the acidity and bubbles will stand up to charcuterie and pizza effortlessly.
Laherte Freres, Extra Brut Rose de Meunier Champagne NVRegular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Variety: Pinot Meunier
The Laherte brothers, Thierry and Christian, are sixth generation winemakers in the Valle de la Marne of Champagne. Aurelien Laherte represents the seventh generation and has been taking the winery to a new dimension, while still following in the footsteps of his family. They have 75 different plots across Epernay, Vallée de la Marne, and the Cotes des Blancs. The mantra with the family is to let the terroir speak for itself with a deep respect for tradition, heritage, and land. Each example of Laherte Fréres is more stunning than the last. The Laherte family, with Aurélien at the helm, have earned themselves a reputation as one of the most compelling and revolutionary producers in Champagne.
This rosé Champagne is produced exclusively from the family’s 30-year-old Pinot Meunier vines. The blend brings together Meunier made into white and red wine, then blended. It is rich and focused. As Antoni Galloni says, "In a word: magical."
Egly-Ouriet, Champagne Brut Rose Grand CruRegular price $155.00 Save $-155.00
Variety: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Right after WWII, the Egly-Ouriet house was born. Francis Egly’s grandfather married Madame Ouriet with just 3 hectares of land to start from the Grand Cru area of Ambonnay. After taking over from his father, Francis Egly immediately converted the domaine to 100% estate bottling. In the process, he became one of the original pioneers of the grower Champagne movement, growing his name to be one of the top Champagne producers. He organically farms Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both being 50 years old on average. Francis implements varied barrel aging from 1 to 5 years of age, letting every terroir express itself. Wine writer Peter Liem states, “If there are any Champagnes that fit the often-used description of ‘Burgundy with bubbles,’ Egly-Ouriet would be the leading candidate.”
Railsback Freres, Rose "Les Rascasses" Santa Ynez Valley 2021Regular 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.
Le Fraghe, Bardolino Chiaretto Rosato 'Rodon' 2021Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Corvina, Rondinella
As a young girl, Matilde Poggi, grew up around winemaking and hearing her parents talk about it. During October, she would go straight from school to the vineyards to help with the harvest. Her first harvest was in 1984, prior to that, the grapes were sold to another winery. Matilde is passionate about the surrounding terroir of valleys, rivers, winds from the north, and the mountainous areas that makes her wines uniquely their own. Her 3 daughters now help her run the winery. They have been certified organic since 2009.
“Chiaretto” comes from the word chiaro, meaning pale or light, which describes this rose perfectly. Made mostly from the Corvina grape variety, and made in a style more reminiscent of a white wine, Rodòn is a well-loved rose representing the Bardolino Chiaretto style of Lake Guarda.
Montenidoli, Toscana Canaiolo Rosato 2021Regular price $29.00 Save $-29.00
The estate is located just outside of the famed tower city of San Gimignano on the western border of the Chianti zone in Tuscany. The estate dates back to Roman times and there are stories of the Knights Templar using the property for meetings and ceremonies. Elisabetta and her husband bought the property in the ‘60’s and brought it back to life from its abandoned state. The couples’ profound respect for the land has always been the focus. Farming sustainably and respecting what nature gives them every vintage. Elisabetta's soul is caring and driven. She is a hard worker, and her mission is to leave this small place on earth better than the way she found it. She still travels the world pouring her wines telling stories.
The Canaiuolo rosato is named for the variety of the same name, noted for its importance of the wines in Chianti. Elisabetta held the rosé back to release it once it had an extra year to come together to her vision. She calls it a transgender, a balance of two identities. It has the gentleness of a white, but the strength of a red; the perfect wine.
G.D. Vajra, Rosabella 2021Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto
The G.D. Vajra winery was created in 1972 by Aldo and Milena Vaira, initially from vineyards planted by Aldo’s father in 1947. The winery was named for Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico Vajra, because at the time Aldo was not old enough to establish the winery in his own name. Today the family has 40 hectares under vine in Barolo and other surrounding appellations. Their prized holdings in Bricco delle Viole were planted in 1949 by Aldo’s grandfather. Milena and Aldo’s three children – Giuseppe, Francesca, and Isidoro – are all involved in the family winery operation situated in the village of Vergne. The family is hard-working, passionate, and caring. Their focus is on building something for their children, caring about the community, and cementing the stories of the regions’ past. The family is longtime friends of Hart & Cru. They continue to uphold their passion for quality wine and the people who surround them.
Rosa Bella is the limited rosé made from all of Piedmont’s best varieties and sourced from young vines near the Barolo winery. This ages in steel to retain all the purity, aromatics, and freshness of the fruit.
Corzano e Paterno, Rosato 2021Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Wendel Gelpke, a Swiss architect, fell madly in love with these romantic hillsides. The Corzano property was purchased back in 1969, and then the neighboring property of Paterno in 1974. These hillsides are separated from the Chianti Classico subzone by the Via Cassia, a road that runs parallel to the river Pisa. Farming here has always been organic and her Sardinian sheep herd roams the rows to naturally fertilize the vines; talk about sustainability. As is classic for the area, the properties produce mainly Sangiovese. Wendel and the family own and operate the winery, and keep very occupied by making their own cheese and olive oil.
This is a purely Sangioves rosato, though in some years Canaiolo may be added. It is bottled the March after the harvest. This wine has become a gem vintage after vintage. The wine is consistent and always lovely.
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.
Gerard Boulay, Sancerre Sybille Rose 2019Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
The Boulay family has been in Sancerre since 1380, Gerard the current generation of family adds no yeast and little to no SO2 during vinfication. He describes his role as one of “surveillance” to make sure nothing goes wrong. In general he works by instinct, “au feeling” because he wants to “let the wine live” and tries not to interfere with the natural process. Unlike many Sancerre Rosés, Boulay’s Rosé is not made from a selection of young vines but rather from 35-40 year old Pinot Noir vines located on the steep hillsides in front of the his home in Chavignol.
Jules, Cotes de Provence Rose 2020Regular price $14.00 Save $-14.00
Variety: Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carignan
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.
The namesake cuvée of the owner, designed to get straight to the point on taste and value. Reds (Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah) and a pinch of Rolle (that’s French for Vermentino), create a classic Provencal blend.
Dupeuble, Beaujolais Rose 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
In the States, we talk about “The Deep South” and we are referencing the southern culture down by the gulf. The personalities coming from this part of the Country is unlike anything else. The hospitality is over the top yet sometimes slightly back country. This is very much the same for the regions where Dupeuble is from; this is the deep south of Beaujolais. Recently many of the Cru’s (towns) have become quite famous, but this part of the region is true farm country and has been for a long time. The Dupeuble Domaine dates back to 1512 and has produced wines with very little change in their methods.
The Beaujolais Rosé is as you would expect, made from the Gamay grape and undergoes a short time of skin contact to impart its beautiful pale pink tone. The vines for this rosé come from granite-based vines ranging between 3-70 years old. The wine is vinified just for 3 months in stainless steel before it's bottled; no sulfites are used.
Domaine Lafond, Tavel Rose 2020Regular price $22.00 Save $-22.00
Variety: Syrah, Grenache, Clairette, Picpoul, and Bourboulenc
Multiple generations of Lafond winemakers date back to 1780. The family forms much of the current identity of the appellation of Tavel. In addition to their rose production, the family also produces Cote-du-Rhone, Lirac, and Chateauneuf du Pape. Not only are the wines among the region’s best, but the value is hard to beat. Their farming is certified organic. Says microbiologist Lydia Bourguignon, "Wine is like a concert: The land is the score, the vine is the instrument and the winegrower is the musician.”
Tavel is the only appellation in France to focus solely on rosé production. The blend is classic southern Rhone style with Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah coming together from organic vines over 40 years in age. The wine ages in both stainless steel and large used barrels.
Saint-Michel d'Esclans, Cotes de Provence Rose 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah
The land of Château d’Esclans dates back about 2500 years due to its significant coastal position. Winemaking began in the middle of the 19th century. After this, the estate changed ownership multiple times, though consistently making the iconic dry rose wines the Cotes de Provence is known for. There are 345 acres of vineyards devoted mostly to old vine Grenache followed by Cinsault and Merlot.
This rose is done in the traditional Provencal style; verging on full-bodied, mineral-driven, textural, and dry with the right amount of tart fruits. The wine is vinified in both larger barrels and stainless steel.
Famille Hubert Vignerons, Rosita Bomba Rose 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc and Merlot
From the same Bordeaux house that brought us Châteaux Peybonhomme and La Grolet. Even though Château Peybonhomme Les Tours began six generations ago in 1895, this generation begins with the union of two humans of different wine-related backgrounds. Jean-Luc Hubert descended from a long line of sailors who navigated the Gironde river utilizing “scow” boats to transport wine. Alternatively, Catherine came from a long line of winemakers, her great grandfather having acquired Peybonhomme in 1890. Both of their ancestors worked extensively with one another making and transporting wine, unbeknownst to them the union that would one day happen. The kids have grown and now assist in making beautiful, natural wines and following in their parents’ footsteps.
This rose takes its name from the Anita Bomba comic strip as seen on the front of this label. “Rosita” is the cousin of the author, Didier Cromwell, who also really enjoyed the Hubert family’s wines. The Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend is bottled with a bit of residual sugar.
Cirelli, Wines of Anarchy' Frizzante Rose NVRegular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Francesco Cirelli is a rising star in Abruzzo and has already gained a cult following with select sommeliers in big cities around the world. He pushes boundaries in Abruzzo, where conventional farming has been the norm. Spraying chemicals and overworking the earth is not what he is interested in. After Francesco finished school, he quickly realized he wanted to pursue his love for lamb viticulture and all things wine. He purchased the Estate in 2003 and viewed the grounds as a whole working farm. He now has a mixture of crops and animals he raises, and each element works with each other to make the overall farm function.
Francesco likes to be bold; this is his ode to tradition and rebellion simultaneously. Montepulciano undergoes the pet-nat process, or otherwise known as the natural sparkling method. Fresh, juicy, and bubbly.
Tinel Blondelet, Sancerre Rose 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
What’s most impressive about Tinel-Blondelet is the fact that Annick represents the twelfth generation of winemaking; their family has been dutifully wine growing for more than 400 years in the Loire Valley. Ferdnand Blondelet, the previous generation, is to thank for much of the identity of the winery today. Fifty years ago, he had been endeavoring in farming in the area of Pouilly sur Loire when he decided to focus solely on viticulture. He later acquired more land in Sancerre, which gave the family another appellation in which to bottle their wine. Fernand then became the first of the Tinels to create a wine-tasting cellar. Today, Tinel continues the tradition of the family coupled with her authenticity; both traits exude themselves in the wines.
This is Pinot Noir from 40 year old vines of flint and limestone soils. The wine is pressed directly, resulting in a very pale pink. The wine is then produced the same as a white wine, and drinks like one, too. It is fresh, minerally, and soft with surprising length.
Cantine Barbera, La Bambina Rosato 2021Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Nero d’Avola
Marilena Barbera is proprietor and winemaker at Cantine Barbera, a boutique winery located in Menfi, on the Southwest coast of Sicily. Her family has been grape producers for three generations. From her grandfather who planted the first indigenous vineyards in the early 1920’s to her father who walked in his parent’s footsteps and selected the grape varieties which would best adapt to the land’s micro-climatic conditions. Her commitment is to produce high quality wines only with the grapes grown and selected in their 30 hectares in Tenuta Belicello, only a few steps away from the Mediterranean Sea while continuing to carry on her father’s dream.
La Bambina is Marilena Barbera’s ode to strong women and their pursuits of determination. Digging deeper, she was told there was no such market for a rose made from Nero d’Avola in the vineyard she was using at the time. She persevered and planted a new vineyard a bit later, ultimately making the dry rose she originally envisioned.
Tendu, Dunningan Hills Rose Bubbles Can - 4 PackRegular price $40.00 Save $-40.00
Variety: Mouvedre, Barbera, Montepulciano, Cinsault, and Aglianico
One 375ml can = 2.5 glasses
The Tendu project is a family endeavor made by Steve and Jill Matthiasson with the intent to create authentic wine from classic varietals. Steve Matthiasson is a six-time nominee for a James Beard award, a serious achievement in the wine industry. He has also been named “Winemaker of the Year” by both Food & Wine Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. Steve and Jill are long time friends and mentors to Hart & Cru.
The 2020 wildfires raged on the West Coast, affecting innumerable outcomes for winemakers up and down the coast. The Matthiassons opted not to make any red wine from the 2020 harvest due to the potential smoke taint. The red grapes that were harvested went into their rosés. This is a sparkling version of the Tendu rosé.