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Rosés... Some Things Favorite, Some Things New
June 14, 2017

The Castano grows its rosé in the high altitude vineyards of Yecla in southeastern Spain. Their style is of chunky richly fruited wines with good depth and structure. Their 2016 Monastrell Rosado is certainly in that style. All Monestrell, ie Mourvedre, infused with the grape's smoke and earth, and is fantastic value at ...


... at $9.99. This is a rosé for food more than back porch sipping.

The most popular roses hereabouts come from Provence. Year in, year out, our most popular Provencal rose has been Ch. Roquefort Cotes de Provence Corail. Not only is it well priced compared to its peers, but it gives a lot of character and value for the money. The 2016 is showing more fruit and concentration than the last two years and should age nicely for another year or two.

Despite the common belief that you need to drink roses young, some age well. So,quo vadis? Go where the Romans went, to Sicily of course. The 2016 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosato is a wine with clear fruit, spice and herb that's still improving in the bottle. Produced on the cool volcanic slopes of Mount Etna principally from Nerello Mascalese grapes, this is an all purpose wine with real complexity.

Patton Valley has been making excellent pinot Noir from its high elevation estate since 1999. The wines are precise and true to their terroir, and nicely balanced between fruit and acid structure. The 2016 Rose is exactly that. It is sold out at the winery, but we still have have a few cases. They won't last long.

We have recommended the Piedmontese 2016 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa since the first vintage that Paolo de Marchi (he makes Tuscany's renowned Ceparello) and his son Luca ever made. This is made with Nebbiolo and has the floral aromatics, complexity and spice that one would expect. It also ages well. One of our more sophisticated customers said that she and some friends had a bottle of the 2015 and decided it was the best rose ever.

The 2016 Castello di Ama Rosato smells and tastes like Castello di Ama in the spring. Think olive blossoms, fresh strawberries, cherries and mineral earth all in beautiful, sunny balance. This is an estate of the highest pedigree in Tuscany and this Rose of Sangiovese is a very special wine.



2016 Castano Monastrell Rosado; Aroma: Fresh spicy clean bright juicy; Mouth: Juicy clean herbal underneath very fresh juicy fine acid line, real character true to the grape; Very Good 9.99; Mixed Case, 8.99; Case, 8.49

2016 Ch. Roquefort Cotes de Provence Corail; Organic; Color: coral with a light lavender note; Aroma: fresh  pretty, a subdued piquant spice, rose extract and flint; Mouth: Light lifted  very pretty & graceful fresh and lively, starfruit, goes down very easily, very drinkable, finishes lively and fresh; Very Good Plus 15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39; Case, 13.59

2016 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosato: Bright pink. Vibrant and sophisticated aromas and flavors. Complexity in the finish. Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2016 Patton Valley Pinot Noir Rose; Aroma: firm heady dense; Mouth: Juicy clean nicely delicate strawberry, firm, fine acidity, long; Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2016 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa: Deep pink. Rose petals, dried herbs and deep cherry fruit with fresh crisp minerality Very Good Plus 17.99; Mixed Case, 16.19; Case, 15.29

2016 Castello di Ama Rosato: Cherry pink. Fruit rich strawberry and cherry with notes of olive blossoms and balsam. Fresh lingering acidityVery Good Plus 21.99; Mixed Case, 19.79; Case, 18.60


6-14 Rosé  Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $184

Instore only 6-14 Rosé  Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $98


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