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A Dozen Rosés for Mother’s Day

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on May - 08 - 2012

Dozen Roses
Dear Enotecans,

It’s that time of year, time to honor Mothers and time to start drinking RoséMother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th.  This weekend we’re providing an opportunity to take her out to a wine tasting on Friday and Saturday, and we’re making available several delicious and fancy bottles of wine to take home for her.

Rosé (say row-zay) is pink and beautiful, but a classic Rosé is not sweet.  Because of its color, it can be confused with the likes of “white zinfandel” or “white merlot” which are not made to the same high quality standards as classic Rosé.  Read on for a primer on Rosé, including some reasons and ways to enjoy it, followed by a Dozen Rosés that we highly recommend.

Not only are Rosés fantastic with food, especially anything from the grill, they’re the perfect summertime sipper!  This would be a great time to bring home summer time and get ready to enjoy the season!

For the wine tasting this weekend we will open a couple or a few of these Rosés as well as some fantastic Red Wines that she will surely love.  Which ones we will open is a secret, come down from 4-7 Friday or 12-7 Saturday to find out!

Here are a Dozen Rosés:

France Washington
Gassier Sables ‘d Azur Rosé ($14) Long Shadows Juliette’s Dazzle Rosé ($16) *
Gros Nore Bandol Rosé ($25) * Delille Doyenne Rosé ($26)
Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé ($14) Charles and Charles Syrah Rosé ($10) *
Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé ($20) Maryhill Rosé of Sangiovese ($11)
La Vieille Ferm Rosé ($8) * Tru Rosé ($22)
St. Tropez Rose ($12) California
Fontsainte Corbiers Gris de Gris Rose ($16) Amuse Bouche Prêt à Boire Rosé ($100) *
Oregon Paradigm Rosé ($24)
Elk Cove Pinot Noir Rosé ($16) * Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rosé ($23) *
Maysara Rosé ($15) Chile 
 Argyle Brut Rosé ($36) *  Montes Cherub Rosé ($15)

Listed with rounded up retail pricing.  Member discounts apply for Wine and Beer of the Month Club Members.  You’ll notice I got a little excited, there are more than 12 here.  It’s not my fault, there are a lot of great Rosés to be had.  I’ve put asterisks next to the best tasting and best values.  Tasting notes of a dozen Rosés can be found below.

Important Ordering Note: We have most of these in stock, but depending on who orders first, and who wants the wine for Mother’s Day, we may have to get a second delivery this week.  For this reason, please note in the comments of your order if this is for Mother’s Day or if delivery next week will suffice.  If we run out of availability we will be in contact with suggestions.

What is all the fuss about Rosé?

A rosé is a type of wine that has some of the color typical of a red wine, but only enough to turn it pink. The pink color can range from a pale orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the grapes and wine making techniques, including skin contact, Saignée, and Blending.

Rosé wines are perhaps the most versatile, food-friendly wines around.  They have had an image problem to overcome, thanks in part to the run of “White Zin,” as many consumers mistake Rosé wines to be overly sweet and in the category of “starter wine.”  However, Rosé wine sales are on the rise as savvy Wine Lovers have discovered that many of these pink wines fall into the definitively “dry” category, not sugary sweet, and the vast majority of Rosé wines offer a very good wine value for the money. These are all best serve chilled.

My favorite words for these wines are: Refreshing, Lively, and Charming.  We’ve had wonderful experiences with Rosés on many occasions, including many of these listed below.  You can’t really say that you don’t care for Rosé until you’ve tried at least one bottle of Charles & Charles Syrah Rosé and one bottle of Juliette’s Dazzle Rosé.

Details and order links for our Mother’s Day Dozen Rosés

Rose WineLong Shadows Juliette’s Dazzle Rosé 2011Long Shadows Juliette's Dazzle
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

This is the brand new vintage of Long Shadows Juliette’s Dazzle!  It’s a touch drier than last years, meaning it displays even more elegance and finesse!

My Oh My! I found a new favorite wine!

It was a dinner to remember. I made a cedar plank salmon with a simple salad with fresh ingredients from my garden…well the cucumbers were from Greenbluff. It was a warm night and as we sat down to enjoy the summer bounty we opened this new wine from Long Shadows named Juliette’s Dazzle. I was anxious to try it since I’m a sold out fan of the winery. Oh boy, was I dazzled! This Rose is lovely in every way. The aroma was exotic, floral and fruit notes swirled together, enticing me. Notes of wild rose, fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, Cherry, Orange blossom jasmine and happiness. As I took a sip the aromas followed suit. I could taste the fruit and hints of the floral aroma lingered. Slightly creamy mid palate gave way to bright acid and a slight hint of sweetness. Oak was not invited to this party. So while the creaminess of the pinot gris has a part it gives way to the acid and the finish is lingering but clean. This wine has it all.

My mother as an example hates white wine. Treats it like a second class citizen. She is a Cabernet or Merlot drinker at heart. She was very pleased with this wine and asked me several time (not joking) when I would order it for Enoteca and when would they deliver it? Why would a red wine drinker love this rose? Well, it’s made predominately of Pinot Gris grapes but they add 3% Sangiovese. This helps give the wine it’s jewel like color but also lends to the depth of flavor you find in this rose. Not quite as dry as a traditional French Rose but has similar qualities. It does have 1.4% residual sugar so that does bring something to the table but it isn’t “sweet” and it isn’t “dry”. She is her own.

She brings peace to the division between red wine drinkers and white wine drinkers. I wouldn’t forget this wine come holiday season either. Try this with Thanksgiving dinner, or the rich and spiced dinners this fall. I will be drinking this with the Porkchops and roasted apples for tomorrows dinner. It is a new favorite and more versatile than it seems at first glance.

This beauty is hard to photograph, this picture doesn’t really do it justice. Come on in and see it, try it for yourself, and be dazzled!

97% Pinot Gris, 3% Sangiovese

[Member: $14.39 / Retail: $15.99 / Member Case Each: $13.59]  Place an order here.
(Specify if you need the wine before Mother’s Day)


Rose WineAmuse Bouche Prêt à Boire Rosé 2011
(Napa Valley, California)

Amuse Bouche: Noun – French; “Amusement for the mouth,” tantalized by food or wine.

Amuse Bouche RoseAmuse Bouche is a Heidi Barrett project from Napa Valley. She’s the rock star of wine making well known for putting Screaming Eagle on the map, her own fantastic La Sirena wines, Barrett & Barrett with her husband Bo Barrett, who is also famous for his father’s role in the Judgement of Paris with Chateau Montelena, as seen on the movie Bottle Shock. She is a true legend in the wine making industry.

Before we opened a bottle, Sarah took a fun picture of it among her spring flower garden.  That photo is here on the left.  The other photo is from the winery.

Our Tasting Notes:

It’s almost every day that we open a nice Rosé, but it’s not every day that we open a bottle of Rosé that costs $100.  I admit, the price is part of the allure, I’m not immune.  As someone who loves and appreciates Rosé from around the world, this is a distinctive bottle that will stay in my memory for it’s elegance, brash attitude, and finesse.  Is it better to have one bottle of this than 10 bottles of Charles & Charles?  That’s for each person to decide for themselves, for me, it depends on the day.

The first thing I notice is the color in the glass.  It’s a perfect salmon color, bright and serious, iridescent in it’s glow between hues of peach and pink.

The nose opens with a rich tropical bouquet teasing out honeysuckle and cantaloupe.   As the wine opens, a  nutty fragrance blends harmoniously with the tropical, and adds floral rose garden hints and a quaint thread of aged cheese.  Is it OK to let a Rosé open up?  Yes, I think it is.

On the palate, look for the bright acidity to blend seamlessly with the smooth creamy side that lifts this Rosé above it’s less expensive competitors.  Some of the fruits that jump out, but none overpower, include banana, fresh bright strawberry, cantaloupe and pineapple up front.  The fruit is rich and pervasive, coating the palate, and shouting SUMMERTIME!

[Member: $89.99 / Retail: $99.99 / Member Case Each: $84.99] Place an order here.
(Specify if you need the wine before Mother’s Day)

Amuse Bouche RoseHere’s what the winery has to say:

We are pleased to offer you Prêt à Boire Rosé 2011. This second vintage reaffirms our commitment to making a world class Rosé and proves beyond a doubt that, as Heidi said last year, “We make a delicious Rosé wine on purpose… not by accident during the wine making process!”

Pronounced “Pret Ah Bwar,” this stunning French-style rose, a dry, full-bodied blend of 20% Grenache and 80% Syrah, literally and figuratively is READY TO DRINK! We picked these grapes on October 12 from our vineyards in the east Rutherford Hills AVA.

We plan to ship this wine in the spring of 2012, just in time to enjoy for the summer months.

We produced a mere 275 cases of this wine. Heidi describes this dry wine as exhibiting vibrant aromas of watermelon rind and ripe fraise des bois with rose petal fragrances. So, if you want in, secure your allocation now!

Famed blue dog artist George Rodrigue of New Orleans created an original “pink dog” for us, entitled “Bouquet of Roses,” that embellishes this wine. There are 6 bottles of pink dogs in each unique acrylic case so that you can always keep a close watch on your prized possessions.

“Almost French. New from Napa’s most Francophile vintners, Prêt à Boire, a Rosé that will go on the market in spring 2011. It’s the latest offering from Amuse Bouche, a cult winery known for its French style winemaking, Gallic monikers and arresting labels such as this one by blue dog artist George Rodrigue.”
– France Magazine, January 2011

“Heidi Peterson Barrett’s mouthwatering, full-bodied Rosé – composed of 70 percent Syrah and 30 percent Grenache – tantalizes the nose with scents of rose petals and strawberry before a panoply of refreshing flavors, including plum and dry herbs, emerges. The perfect complement to the gazpacho.”
– Robb Report, July 2011

70% Syrah, 30% Grenache

[Member: $89.99 / Retail: $99.99 / Member Case Each: $84.99] Place an order here.
(Specify if you need the wine before Mother’s Day)

Note: Case discount available on 6 bottles of this wine, which also comes in a beautiful acrylic case box. Less than 6 bottles does not come with the box. Only 7 six packs available in the Northwest, USA.  Will one go home with you?


Rose WineCharles and Charles Syrah Rosé 2011
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

You can still be a Bad @ss and drink Rosé.

This is the slogan for this wine, direct from Washington famous wine maker Charles Smith of K Vintners and Charles Smith wines, partnering with Charles Bieler of Three Thieves and Bieler Pere et Fils. If you buy a case of 12 bottles, not only do Club Members get the best price possible, you get a Bumper Sticker with the slogan on it!

Rose Bad Ass

[Member: $8.99 / Retail: $9.99 / Member Case Each: $8.49] Place an order here.


Whispering Angel RoseRose WineChateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé 2011
(Provence, France)

Pale salmon in color, this is delicate and fresh with plenty of crisp strawberry fruit and a long finish. The new benchmark for Provence rose.

Harvesting from sunrise to noon by hand only and in small crates to avoid oxidation. Grapes are then sorted electronically and manually 3 times. Destemming and slight crushing at 7-8 °C to avoid coloration. Both the free run and pressed juices are fermented in stainless steel with temperature control and then matured on the lees with batonnage, twice weekly.

Chateau d’Esclans is found nestled in the depths of Provence about half an hour north of St Tropez. New to Bibendum’s list, these Rose wines come recommended highly by Jancis Robinson, “the best pink wine to have come my way”. -Jancis Robinson

Winemaker Sacha Lichine (son of Alexis Lichine) is at the helm of this gorgeous property in Provence. This is a blend of Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvedre vinified in temperature controlled stainless-steel vats without barrel fermentation to keep the freshness and all the vivid berry fruit flavors.

73% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 8.5% Syrah, 5.5% Mourvedre, 4%

[Member: $17.99 / Retail: $19.99 / Member Case Each: $16.99] Place an order here.


Rose WineGassier Sables ‘d Azur Rosé
(Provence, France)

Refreshing rosés are part of the romance of day-to-day life in the warm Mediterranean climate of Côtes de Provence. This salmon-pink wine is a classic blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsaut, featuring fresh berry and citrus zest aromas and flavours. Dry and vibrant with a delightfully crisp finish, it makes an excellent springtime sipper, or enjoy with pan-fried freshwater fish with lemon.

[Member: $12.59 / Retail: $13.99 / Member Case Each: $11.89] Place an order here.
(Specify if you need the wine before Mother’s Day)


Rose Wine Delille Doyenne Rosé
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

The cool and late 2010 vintage resulted in crisp, focused, and aromatic white wines, which carried over to the 2010 Rosé as well. There is considerably more Cinsault in this year’s blend resulting in a beautiful, pink-salmon color. Our 2010 Rosé features fruit-forward aromas of strawberry, melon, and nectarine notes along with subtle herb, anise and leaf tones. The palate is bright, refreshing, and silky with mixed berries and orange peel notes. The long finish echoes those berries and fruits. A delicious wine that is great for chicken dishes, salmon or just by itself.

Vineyards: 33% Ciel du Cheval Grenache, 22% Boushey Grenache, 30% Boushey Cinsault, 15% Ciel du Cheval Mourvedre

55% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 15% Mourvedrè

[Member: $23.39 / Retail: $25.99 / Member Case Each: $22.09] Place an order here.
(Specify if you need the wine before Mother’s Day)


Rose Wine Gros Nore Bandol Rosé
(Bandol, France)

Those of you who love rosé are already in the know when it comes to this appelation’s rediculously tasty wines. Alain Pascal’s stunning rosé is a delicious reminder of Bandol’s rightful place at the top of the rosé hierarchy. It is right at home with a bowl of black olives and a sunset. According to Wine Spectator: “Rich and vibrant, with juicy flavors of plum, dark cherry and berry, followed by notes of melon and apricot that linger on the spicy finish. Drink now. 450 cases imported.”

[Member: $22.49 / Retail: $24.99 / Member Case Each: $21.24] Place an order here.
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Rose Wine Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé
(Cotes du Rhone, France)

Visually, this wine is clear, brilliant and fresh. On the nose it is fresh with an expressive nose of red fruits and citrus. Notes of raspberry and redcurrant. On the palate it’s fruity, fine and round. A well-balanced and elegant wine.

This seductive wine has already won many blind tasting facing worldwide recognised and established roses. This wine is amongst the best examples of the Guigal quality range.

Pair this with starters, grilled fish, white meat, poultry.

50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah

[Member: $12.59 / Retail: $13.99 / Member Case Each: $11.89] Place an order here.
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Rose Wine Maryhill Rosé of Sangiovese
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Maryhill Rose of Sangiovese has lovely fresh strawberry and red cherry scents and flavors. It is refreshingly great on a super hot day.

Our Rosé of Sangiovese is a crisp refreshing sipper. The subtle bouquet has sweet and tart strawberry components to pique your curiosity. On the palate imagine hints of strawberry, cranberry and tart cherry with essence of pink grapefruit on the finish. This palate pleaser will pair well with picnic fair as well as leave you refreshed while relaxing on the veranda.
[Member: $9.89 / Retail: $10.99 / Member Case Each: $9.34] Place an order here.
(Specify if you need the wine before Mother’s Day)


Schramsberg MirabelleRose Wine Schramsberg Mirabelle Rosé Sparkling

I tried this recently at a trade show and it is amazing. My new favorite bubbly!

The partner to our Mirabelle Brut, the Mirabelle Brut Rosé is a specially crafted blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Schramsberg’s select cool-climate vineyards in Carneros, Anderson Valley, and the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas of Northern California. Pinot Noir lots, including a few fermented with skin contact, provide brightness of berry fruit and body, while Chardonnay lots lend length and zest to the palate. Additional flavor depth and aromatic complexity results from the blending of base wine lots aged in barrels and tanks for one or more years. The finished Brut Rosé exhibits fresh, elegant and toasty aromas that lead into lively and delicious fruit flavors on the palate.

The grapes are picked by hand and gently pressed to provide superior quality juice for the production of this balanced, refreshing Rosé bubbly. In the spring following the fall harvest, base wines are individually evaluated and carefully blended by our winemakers. The wine undergoes second fermentation in the bottle and rests in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain caves for approximately two years. Following the en tirage aging, an extensive dosage trial process produces the ideal finishing touch, and the sparkling wine is ready to be enjoyed.

The multi-vintage Mirabelle Rosé is delicious on its own, and it also pairs well with everything from classic Hawaiian pizza and grilled salmon to barbecued chicken and simple pastas.
[Member: $20.69 / Retail: $22.99 / Member Case Each: $19.54] Place an order here.
(Specify if you need the wine before Mother’s Day)


Rose Wine Elk Cove Pinot Noir Rosé
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)

This is a great bottle of wine year after year. We’re planning to share it in wine club soon!

The 2011 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosé is fragrant with white flowers and showing freshness with aromas of watermelon and sweet, red strawberry fruit! Enjoy this crisp, light, simply refreshing wine all by itself on a bright sunny day or pair it with succulent shellfish or roast chicken. Bon appétit!

[Member: $14.39 / Retail: $15.99 / Member Case Each: $13.59] Place an order here.
(Specify if you need the wine before Mother’s Day)


Rose Wine La Vieille Ferm Rosé
(Ventoux, France)

Beautiful pink and red tones. A floral nose with hints of aniseed and brown sugar. The mouth is on aromas of white flowers, cherries and fruit drops.

Situated on the slopes of the Mont Ventoux, the vineyard benefits from a cooler climate than down in the plain. The grapes mature slowly and maintain a good acidity. The wine is rich, fresh, balanced.

Made from Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah

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[Member: $7.19 / Retail: $7.99 / Member Case Each: $6.79] Place an order here.

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