Domaine Michel Vattan, Sancerre Rose 2019Regular 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.
Domaine Gassier, Gris de Grenache Rosé 2019Regular price $15.00 Save $-15.00
Variety: Grenache and Mourvèdre
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 classic Rhone rosé is a blend of regional varieties, Grenache and the smallest hint of Mourvedre. This bottle merges two methods of rosé production—the saigneé and the direct press techniques. This wine has no added sulphites; therefore, meant to be drunk young.
Domaine du Grand Cros, "Esprit" Rose 2019Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Domaine Tempier, Bandol Rosé 2019Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
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.
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.
Montenidoli, Toscana Canaiuolo Rosato 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
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.
Proprieta Sperino, Rosato 2019Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Nebbiolo, Vespolina, Croatina
Stated as “a courageous wine growing archaeology project, that speaks of passion. Proprieta Sperino is the realization of a dream: to restore the important tradition of Lessona wines by recovering the historic cellars to produce a wine with the greatest respect for local tradition.” This is the undertaking of famed winemaker, Paolo di Marchi, a pursuit that defines the second portion of his wine career. Paolo gained recognition at his Tuscan property, Isole e Olena, and now he wants to revive the Northern Piemonte site that has been in his family for years. This project was started in 1999 and now Paolo, with his son Luca, are producing classic wines from these incredible vineyards, which have a history dating back to the early 1800’s. It is exciting to see work going back into the region to make it great again.
Ampeleia, Rosato di Ampeleia 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Carignano, Alicante Nero (Grenache)
Ampeleia was born only just in 2002 from the collaboration and friendship between some incredibly 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 and harvesting them together at the same time. Today, the estate extends over three altitude levels and covers 35 hectares of vineyard.
Nigl, Zweigelt Rose Kremstal 2019Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Weingut Nigl, located northwest of Viena in the Austrian Krems Valley region, sitting on the side of the mountains, has its beginnings back in 1985. Martin Nigl is the first generation winemaker focusing on small quantity and high-quality wines. The family has been in the region of Senftenberg for over 200 years. Senftenberg borders the famed Austrian wine region of Wachau and is very similar in all it contributes to the wine-growing. Yet Senftenberg is a bit cooler due to the proximity to the forest in the region that allows for cooler nights keeping the wines bright and fresh. The farming is all sustainable with a diverse cover crop between the vines. The grapes are never de-stemmed, and stainless steel is the primary vessel for aging. The goal is always freshness of the fruit.
SUMMER ROSÉ 2020 2ND SET OF THE YEARRegular price $130.00 Save $-130.00
6 BOTTLES FOR $130
The second edition rosé set is a flirtier, fresher, more crushable version of our pink-hued friends. Rosé is a busy bee with split personalities. Her first persona is drinking like her white wine brethren—keeping it light with freshness and liveliness. When she strays from this, she’s staying true to her red wine roots—playing up structure and complexity. When she’s feeling both temperaments, she’s balanced and playful—herself. Rosé defies the odds, she’s meant for year-round drinking. We can testify to this firsthand.
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LIOCO, Rose of Carignan Mendocino County 2019Regular price $24.00 Save $-24.00
Founders of LIOCO Kevin O’Connor and Matt Licklider found themselves “critical of the heavy-handed wines” so plentiful in California and decided to go all-in and become winemakers. Now, Matt and his wife Sara make all the wines at LIOCO from a variety of sites across Sonoma, Mendocino and Santa Cruz, and follow a mantra increasingly popular with so many young California vintners: keep it simple, plant the grape best-suited to the peculiarities of each piece of land, and follow that path to making great wine. LIOCO currently focuses primarily on Carignan, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The rosé of Carignan is fresh, zesty and sports lively fruit cheek-by-jowl with spices and citrus peel. A delicious wine that pairs beautifully with pork or fish, grilled vegetables too.
Bonavita, Rosato Terre Siciliane 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese
Imagine making wine on a large peninsula sticking out into the Mediterranean Sea. The region of Faro is just that, jutting out into the Strait of Messina. Even if you are Italian, this is a wine region very few people have ever heard of and rarely have the opportunity to taste, since only five wineries are located on the Peninsula. The explosive popularity of the wines of Mount Etna just to the south has taken the wine world by storm over the last few years. Now the wines from surrounding regions are gaining attention for their quality and personality. Giovanni Scarfone is the owner and winemaker for Bonavita. His focus is organic farming on the hill behind the main village of Faro. The high winds from the Strait of Messina protect the wines from the heat, and the end product is something extraordinary
La Bernarde, Rose Les Hauts Cotes de Provence 2019Regular price $17.00 Save $-17.00
Variety: Cinsault, Gernache, Mourvedre, Rolle, Syrah
A delightful rosé hailing from the region that defined it! Produced on a historic property in the village of Luc in the Côtes de Provence, the winemaking team from revered neighbors Commanderie de Peyrassol vinify a truly noble rosé. Farming is organic on this high altitude estate allowing for a beautifully balanced yet energetic wine layered with notes of strawberry, flowers, and white pepper.
Salvard, Rose Cheverny 2019Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
Five hardworking generations of the Delaille family have been working at Domaine du Salvard since 1898. The Domaine is located in the Cheverny appellation of the Loire River Valley, regionally adjacent to Vouvray and Sancerre. Gamay and Cabernet Franc are the focals for the fruity red and rosé wines of Salvard. Two brothers and their father manage the domaine, carrying on traditions established by their ancestors. They have introduced sustainable farming practices into the heritage of the vineyards. Importer Kermit Lynch was the first to discover the charm and value of Cheverny back in 1978. He took on Domaine du Salvard in 1992, a year before Cheverny was promoted to AOC wine law status. As always, Kermit is ahead of the curve.
Corzano e Paterno, Rose 2019Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
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.
Seehof, Pinot Noir Rose 2019Regular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
The area of Rheinhessen, tucked between Nahe, Pfaltz, and Rheingau regions, is so often misunderstood. This is mostly due to its production of Liebfraumilch, the sweet and cheap swill popularized after World War II, many considering “the armpit of German wine.” Bringing Rheinhessen out of its dark times has been a long uphill battle; Klaus Peter Keller is the primary factor of bringing about these changes. This brings us to the next “Keller,” a man by the name of Florian Fauth, who is coincidentally brother-in-law to Keller. Florian of Seehof is comfortable in his own skin, his wines sharing the same sentiments.
Girolamo Russo, Rose 2018Regular 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.
Thibaud Boudignon, Rosé de Loire 2019Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc and Grolleau
Thibaud Boudignon is making some of the most exciting wines in the world today. Committed to strict organic practices, Boudignon calls upon his experience making wine in Burgundy and at the historic Chateau Soucherie to steer his own tiny property in the heart of Anjou and Savennieres to great heights. He has quickly become a darling of the Loire and beyond garnering the attention of top restaurants in Paris, NYC, and beyond. It is rare and tricky to find rockstars in the world these days as so much has been discovered—prices skyrocket to auction levels and only end up in Michelin-starred restaurants.
Nicolas Gonin, Rose 2018Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Mondeuse, Pinot Noir, Gamay
Isère is a lesser-known area of the Savoie region of France, yields. south of Jura and west of the Alps. Before phylloxera ravaged France in the late 1880s, Isère boasted a whopping amount of vines. The region was then planted with hybrids, and due to lack of organization to form an AOC in WWII, viticulture practically disappeared. In enters Nicolas Gonin; after having worked for Domaine Tempier in Bandol, he found himself researching ampelography during his enological studies. Curiosity led to Nicolas spending time between both his Domaine and nursery where he traces the lineage of ancient grapes while trying to bring back the lost varieties of his region.