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Ampeleia, Rosato di Ampeleia 2021Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Carignano, Alicante Nero (Grenache)
Ampeleia was born only just in 2002 from the collaboration and friendship between noteworthy icons—Elisabetta Foradori, Thomas Widmann, and Giovanni Podini. They created a place where they could not only develop an agricultural project but also fulfill a common dream. The estate comprises different plots of land, each located far apart and on different altitude levels—their mission is to create variables in altitude, soil type and microclimatic conditions. Variety is the spice of life, at least Ampeleia, representing the project’s constant quality and willingness to discover. The grape varieties that have been planted are common to Mediterranean vineyards reflecting the tradition of growing multiple varieties in the same vineyard. Today, the estate extends over three altitude levels and covers 35 hectares of vineyard.
This is just the second vintage of this rose produced annually; only 5000 bottles are made! This combines the Alicante Nero (Grenache) and Carignan together in a lovely, fruity, yet tannic rose that’s lighter in alcohol.
Railsback Freres, Rose 'Les Rascasses' Santa Ynez Valley 2021Regular price $29.00 Save $-29.00
Variety: Mourvedre, Grenache, and Cinsault
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.
There’s no beating around the bush with the intention of this rosé. It’s inspired by the famed Provence Rosé made by Lulu Peyraud of Domaine Tempier. With her passing at the age of 102 in 2020, this style of rosé will continue to stand the test of time. “Les Rascasses” means scorpion fish and is an homage to the fish that Lulu would include in her provincial Bouillabaisse fish stew.
Grand Cros, "Esprit" Rose 2021Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Grenache, Syrah, 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.
Flavors are abound in this fresh and herbal spirit of Provence. L’esprit means the “mind or wit” of Domaine Grand Cros. This bottle is a blend of mostly Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah.
Ermitage du Pic St. Loup, Rose 2021Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault
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.
This is the classic trio of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre blended with Cinsault from vines 10-50 years in age. The rose is pressed directly bringing out the beautiful coral tones of the fruit. This can be drunk immediately, though would do very well to revisit after a year in the cellar.
Maestracci, E Prove Rose 2021Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu, Grenache
In an area of the coast of France is the isle of Corsica, though there it’s called Corse. In the northwestern quadrant of the isle is the appellation of Corse Calvi. It’s an area known for its vines, olives, its location next to the coastline and the ‘Prove,’ the name of local maritime winds that cool down the vines from the high exposure to sunshine. The domaine began in 1945 when a large olive oil press had been abandoned, and Roger built a winery inside the thick walls of the press. Camille, the daughter of his son-in-law, now makes the wines. The whites are made into fresh and ready to drink styles while the reds are aged longer. Regardless of type, the wines are extremely food friendly.
These particular vines are 45 years in age with most of the fruit growing together in the same vineyard. The wine simply ages in steel before it is released and gets its bottle name from the local wind ‘E Prove’ that blows through the vines.
Colston Biblio, Spot Lite Grenache Rose 2022Regular price $27.00 Save $-27.00
From Cincinnati native, Matty Colston, this wine, hailing from Oregon is the perfect juicy summer rose! After two decades of working in fine dining and wine focused establishments, Matty decided to extend his passion for wine into the world of winemaking, moving to Oregon in 2018.
The fruit for this wine was sourced from a small grower in Yakima Valley, Washington. The fruit was brought to a friend’s crush pad in Oregon where Matty made a fresh drinkable rose that’s ready to drink right now.
Tempier, Bandol Rose 2021 1.5LRegular price $130.00 Save $-130.00
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.
Tempier rosé is considered the greatest rosé by many collectors. The wine ages well for a rosé, though tricky to find. The demand is high and the allocations are low. The blend is about half Mourvèdre, and the rest divided between Grenache and Cinsault.