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The Wines of This Week's Tasting:

The First Roses of Spring
April 26, 2023



2022 Landhaus Meyer Zweigelt Rose 

Austrian winery, Landhaus Meyer, has made our go-to Gruner Veltliner for several vintages. Like their Gruner, their new Rose is a steal. It is primarily the deliciously quaffable Zweigelt grape from vineyards near Vienna, plus a bit of Pinot Noir for savor and Cabernet to stiffen. It will lighten your palate all summer without the barest lightening of your wallet.

2022 Landhaus Meyer Rose; Aroma: Citrus & wild berry; Mouth: spicy Zweigelt tang with harmonious and drinkable palate; Very Good Plus 15.99; Case, 13.99

2021 Vallepicciola Pievasciata Rosato

Vallepicciola is an estate in Castelnuova Berardenga near Sienna in Tuscany. Old friend Alessandro Cellai has taken over as general manager, and the wines from here are fantastic. They use perfectly ripe high-elevation Pinot Noir grapes to make the Rosato. The 2021 Vallepicciola Pievasciata Rosato is richly flavored, round and balanced.

2021 Vallepicciola Pievasciata Rosato: Bright pink. Aromas and flavors of black cherry with a touch of flowers and herbs. Light touch of spice in the finish. Nice texture. Very Good Plus 17.99, case 14.99

2022 Caprioles Regnie Cocinelle Rose

Capreoles is a newer Beaujolais estate that has made a big impression on both sides of the Atlantic Cedric and Catherine Lescarreaux took over abandoned vineyards and began to farm them organic- and biodynamically. Their wines have a rich style nicely aligned with the nice 2022 Beaujolais vintage. This Regnie Rose is light, fresh, and lively, the Gamay grape at its deep, joyfully forward best. We loved it. You will too.

2022 Caprioles Regnie Cocinelle Rose 19.99, Case 16.99

2022 Umberto Cesari Costa di Rose

In 1994 Umberto Cesari fell in love with the hills of Castel San Pietro in western Romagna. Which he and his father decided was the perfect place to regenerate the history of fine wine in the area. They achieved their goal of making wines that eloquently express the territory. The 2022 Umberto Cesari Costa di Rose is a pleasingly pale hue and delivers exactly what we look for in a rosato. The wine is 100% Sangiovese, and all farming is sustainable.

2022 Umberto Cesari Costa di Rose: Pale rose hue. Fresh and crisp cherry and floral aromas and flavors with lingering aromatics. Very Good Plus $24.99 case 20.99

2022 Ch Roquefort Cotes de Provence Corail

2022 Ch Roquefort Corail is organic and biodynamic, Grenache-based, it has some breadth, but the 2021 has a bit of spice and intensity absent in older vintages. Tangy and forward, it is an all-around rose as at home with chicken and others as it would be by itself. It has become one of our most popular Roses.

2022 Ch de Roquefort Cotes de Provence CorailOrganic- Biodynamic; Aroma: bright, clean, pretty, fine acid, garrigue notes lively & very full; Mouth: bright, spicy, clean, bright acid, pure, richly tangy; Very Good Plus 21; Case, 17.99 2022 language of Yes Rose 26.99, case 22.99 limits

2022 Language of Yes Les Fruites Rouges Rose

Randall Grahm is a legend of California winemaking, particularly for his trailblazing work with Rhône Varieties on the Central Coast. The Language of Yes is his latest project, an attempt to capture the essence of old-world wines through the uniqueness of the vineyards and California's (mainly) sunny disposition.

His 'Red Fruits' rose blends creamy Grenache with spicy Cinsault, given an extra level of complexity by a soupcon of the rare Provencal Tibouren grape. It is handcrafted, with just about a thousand cases made. We have a limited quantity. 

2022 Language of Yes Les Fruites Rouges Rose; Color: pale orange pink; Aroma: very fresh and forward, firm and pretty nice herbal; note Mouth: broad bright dark berry, very rich layered and complex; Very Good Plus $26.99; Case, 22.99


4-26-23 Rose Sampler – two each of the above $217

Mix any of the above wines at their discounted case prices


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