Springing Into Pink Season!

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Springing Into Pink Season!

Each year our customers are requesting the new vintage of crisp, dry, fresh-tasting rose wines earlier and earlier. We're just into spring, and already our rose mountain is rising!

Happens sooner each vintage, the requests for tasting appointments to get me sampled on the newest vintage of our cherished dry roses. This year had to be one of the earliest on record. My first scheduled appointment to taste 2017 rosés was the second week of January!


Now not only does every importer have to have a dry rose, it seems they are all rushing to get theirs placed in stores and on restaurant wine lists before the next guy.  Pretty amazing when you think that there were still people turning up their nose at the thought of rosé just a few years ago.  Not our customers of course, you wicked cool folks were way, way ahead of the curve on that one, which is why we are one of the very first stops in California for suppliers lugging around wine bags stuffed to bursting with sweating tank samples of pink wine.


So, notes are taken, some looking to my crystal ball to see past the baby fat and teenager clumsiness of, not-quite-finished pink wines and the orders are placed, though I sort of insist that they wait until at least March to stop dropping the wines.


Well here we are, the beginning of April and our famed mountain of rosé is starting to spread across the front of the shop. The varying shades of pink reminding us of a summer sunset which is just a lovely way to kick of rosé season, and there are more arriving every week! Stock up on your favorites before they get scooped up. The 2017 vintage is vibrant, nicely packed and showing quite well already.


That said, many of our go-to wines had shortages from 30% up so when you find one you love, get back in and load up.


Newest Arrivals of 2017 Rosés

2017 Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Pays d’Herault Rosé

Made by the heralded Mas De Daumas Gassac winery in the Languedoc and comprised of Syrah and Carignan, this little value wine has been a best seller for us year in and year out. Not to mention it is a Rose that has a spot here all year long. One of the first Roses tasted this season but also one that was the most settled, even very early on. Bit more on the savory end this vintage compared to last, more herbed and grassy, but there is plenty of bright snappy fruit to get those palates fired up.

$9.99 per bottle


2017 Chateau De Brigue Cotes De Provence Rosé

Due to extreme weather issues Chateau De Brique was down 30% at harvest time, so we recommend loading up while you can on this easy sipping, value of a Provencal Rose. Made from 40% each Cinsault and Grenache with 20% Syrah rounding out the balance. The nose is loaded with summer ripe cantaloupe and fresh cut greens. Light and airy on the palate.

$10.99 per bottle


2017 Saint Roch Les Vignes Cotes De Provence Rosé

This is a winery whose Rose we’ve offered for many years here at The Wine Country. It always stands out as a tremendous value and this 2017 is just that once again. Made from equal parts Cinsault and Grenache this is a playful wine that is both fruity and savory on the nose. Peaches, nectarines and chives on the nose with a ton of bright, saturating fruit. Pretty densely packed for this price point. Once again, an over achiever. 

$13.99 per bottle


2017 Chateau Saint-Pierre Tradition Cotes De Provence Rosé

Another one of our smaller growers that saw a loss of 30% at harvest time but thankfully what they end up with is pure, fresh and loaded with ripe luscious fruit. We adore the traditional curvy bottles but much like people, it’s what’s inside that really matters. Tart red berries, mineral and just a whisper of citrus. Easy to love.

$13.99 per bottle


2017 Chateau Vannieres Cotes De Provence Rosé

Chateau Vannieres is much more well known for their elegant and sturdy Bandol Rose but we were delighted with this slightly more reserved, but still quite pretty wine from Cotes De Provence. More Grenache here the fruit is racier and more flirty than the Mourvedre based wine from Bandol. Crushed berries and sweet summer melon on the light and breezy palate. The finish is crunchy and mouthwatering.

$15.99 per bottle


2017 Villa Des Anges Pays d’Oc Rosé

Made entirely of old vine Cinsault this wine is forever a winner in the band for your buck category. Nice intensity on the nose with tart bits of under-ripe melon alongside wild strawberry aromatics. Blasted with mouth refreshing acidity and that perfect little zip that keeps you reaching for the glass.

$9.99 per bottle


2017 Chateau Du Donjon Minervois Rosé

This playful blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah is showing the most mineral, or stony notes on the nose. Wet stones, citrus rind, a cool herbal note that makes me think of the farmer’s market. More delicate on the palate with more of that citrus rind on the bright finish.

$11.99 per bottle


2017 Penya Cotes Catalanes Rosé, Rousillon, France

This Penya Rose always reminds me if sipping icy cold Rose while nibbling briny sea creatures on the coast of Spain. Definitely influenced by its proximity to Spain this juicy, fully flavored little Rose is built for simple slurping. Mostly Grenache Noir with a tiny percentage of Syrah. Untwist the cap, bring on the grilled foods and let the pleasure just wash over you. 

9.99 per bottle


2017 The Ned Rosé Of Pinot Marlborough, New Zealand

Pretty meaty on the nose for a wine that is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris! To be fair, this wine has had more time to settle into itself as the folks in New Zealand are ahead of France and the U.S. when it comes to growing seasons. Good weight in the mouth, sort of silky actually, with simple fruit and sweet smoky flavors. Super easy to love and works well with bigger flavored foods or anything mushroom heavy.

$11.99 per bottle


2017 Scotto Family Cellars Rosé Of Sangiovese, Lodi, California

I’ve often remarked that some of the California Roses made from Italian varieties are often better than their counterparts from Italy. This spiced and juicy Lodi Rose from Scotto Family is just that kind of wine. Very herbal on the nose with basil and the green parts of green onion interplay wonderfully with spiced berry fruit and a vibrant but full texture. Grilling sausages? We’ve got your wine!

$10.99 per bottle


2017 Inizi Hi-Jump Mendocino County Rosé

Another California Rose made with Italian varieties, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Barbera and Montepulciano, this was one of my adored Roses last vintage and looking at my notes again this year, gonna be up there again. Big blast of ripe fruit right up against something more on the savory, not quite briny but not quite herbaceous either. The fruit sways from stone fruits to melons then on to something more floral. Full of intrigue and utter deliciousness.

$17.99 per bottle


2017 Aerena Crown In Shadow San Francisco Bay Rosé

Made by Rockstar winemaker Aaron Pott and sporting one of my favorite labels this far. A blend of Carignan and Mourvedre, you really pick up the more earthy Mourvedre on the nose. Dense, packed with pretty fruit and a very cool briny, mineral note. Fantastic balance and structure with a fun little stone fruit flavor on the finish.

$15.99 per bottle


2017 Liquid Farm Vogelzang Vineyard Mourvedre Rosé, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara County

Liquid Farm is making some wicked cool wines, their Golden Slope Chardonnay is one of my favorites in the California department in fact, but it seems for us it is always this Mourvedre Rose that garners an almost cult like following. Made in the style of the great Bandol Roses of France’s Provence, here you have weight, mouth filling texture, wild herbs, dense fruit and a finish that goes on forever. Regal. Delicious and it won’t be here long.

$25.99 per bottle


2017 Honoro Vera Rosé, Jumilla, Spain

Another slam dunk in the value department here. A wildly flashy label and comprised of Tempranillo and Syrah and at such a great price! Supple, dark fruited, fresh and at the kind of price that welcomes having several chilled in the fridge at all times.

$8.99 per bottle


  1. Debra Triesch Debra Triesch

    Love the rose's but also sauvignon blanc and pinot's. Always loved your wine dinners at Frenchy's.

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