7.20 - 7.21 Wine Tasting
Join us this weekend for our annual Rosé tasting! We have 11 Rosés for you to try from all over the world!
Starting at 11:30am on Saturday and Sunday, all wines will also be available for purchase at 10% off retail price. Scroll down to read more, or print out a PDF of the tasting notes via the link below!
Find a printable PDF of this week’s tasting notes here.
Fantinel “One & Only” Brut Rosé 2017
Retail: $19.95 | Sale: $17.95
The Fantinel One & Only Single Vineyard Vintage Rosé appears pink with fine persistent bubbles. The nose overwhelms with intense fresh wild fresh berries, savory brioche notes and a hint of spice. The palate opens with an array of ripe red currant, wild strawberry and juicy raspberry. This elegant sparkling is velvety with light spice, finishing deliciously creamy and underlaid by an appealing earthiness. Serve as an aperitif and enjoy with friends!
90 Pinot Nero | 10 Chardonnay
Early Mountain Rosé 2018
Retail: $19.95 | Sale: $17.95
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Early Mountain Winery has more than 55 acres of vineyard. The pale, salmon color of this wine primes you for the strawberries, white peaches and floral aromas and flavors. The acidity brings a brightness to this fruit, and the wine lingers with wet stone and a pleasant citrus pith character. Created specifically to be food-friendly, there are not a lot of dishes that this rosé won’t complement. Pair this fresh, bone-dry quencher with heavier, more fatty dishes like fried chicken and grilled salmon. Alternatively, the citrus and grapefruit notes pair beautifully with tangy goat cheeses or fresh ceviche.
73 Merlot | 18 Syrah | 7 Malbec | 2 Cabernet Franc
Sierra Cantabria Rioja Rosado 2018
Retail: $14.95 | Sale: $13.45
This rosé from Rioja is clean and bright, making it the perfect summer sipper. Red berries and light notes of fresh fruit dance on the nose. The palate is fresh and well-balanced, wrapped by the fruit and acidity of pomegranate, blackberry, and raspberry. The lively finish will leave you wanting more!
60 Viura | 30 Garnacha | 10 Tempranillo
Mas Redonne Bandol Rosé 2018
Retail: $24.95 | Sale: $22.45
The Tournier family established this estate in 1982, renovating it from an old farm in La Cadiere-d'Azur. They farm organically, focusing on mourvedre, which they blend with a little Cinsault and Grenache for this textbook Bandol rosé. It's savory, with mourvedre's earthy black fruit flavors, a little herbaceous and peppery, saline and firm. Pair with a classic summer lunch at Locke Store!
55 Mourvedre | 35 Cinsault | 10 Grenache
Organic | 90 Points Wine & Spirits
J. Mourat Fiefs Vendeens Mareuil Rosé 2018
Retail: $16.95 | Sale $15.25
J.Mourat is located at the western end of the Loire region, where the soils are predominantly volcanic and the climate moderated by maritime breezes. Since 2000, this estate has been converting to organic farming. After discovering an ancient Roman bottle in their cellar, they had it reproduced exclusively for their wine. Before the standardization of bottle shapes in the modern era, this Romanesque shape was the typical bottle shape for wines of this region. Notes of grapefruit, peach, limes, and a stony minerality welcome you into the glass. The palate is well balanced and crisp with flavors of ripe strawberries, tart cranberries and pomegranate.
40 Pinot Noir | 20 Gamay | 40 Cabernet Franc
Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé 2018
Retail: $14.95 | Sale: $12.55
The Pfalz is a very warm and sunny region, often called the “Tuscany of Germany”. This Rosé is made with fruit from vineyards farmed expressly for the purpose of producing a true rosé (called Weissherbst in German). Only perfectly ripe, healthy grapes are selected. Upon harvest, the fruit is given a brief maceration to extract a lovely color from the Pinot Noir grapes. This easy-drinking Pinot Noir rosé offers pleasant notes of watermelon, red cherry and a hint of smoky mineral. Raspberry and red cherry flavors are framed by refreshing acidity and a slight grip of tannins.
La Bulle-Moose de Cigare 2017
Retail: $8.95 | Sale: $8.05
This fizzy rosé is relatively pale in color with a subtle fragrance of strawberry, cherry, and blood orange. Tight, streaming bubbles arrive in the pour with a beautiful salmon color in the glass. La Bulle-Moose is an elegant (and oh so intelligent!) choice of beverage for virtually any occasion, from dining on sushi to barbecue!
57 Grenache | 18 Grenache Blanc | 9 Mourvèdre | 6 Roussanne | 5 Carignane | 5 Cinsaut
Farina Bardolino Chiaretto 2018
Retail: $14.95 | Sale: $12.55
Made with a blend of varieties that are indigenous to the Veneto region from the hilly area around Verona, which is one of the oldest rosé producing areas in Italy. Known locally as Chiaretto, meaning “light” or “pale,”, this rosé is fresh with wonderful aromas of violet, raspberry, and peach. The palate offers sour cherry, juicy strawberry, honeydew melon and a hint of baking spice before a crisp, dry finish. It’s a complex rosé that is savory, lively and harmonic.
60 Corvina | 25 Rondinella | 15 Molinara
Willamette Vineyard Whole Cluster Rosé of Pinot Noir 2018
Retail: $21.95 | Sale: $19.75
This wine opens with vibrant aromatics of ruby red grapefruit, orange blossom, strawberry and watermelon. The palate is juicy and displays fresh raspberry, kiwi and floral honeysuckle flavors while remaining bright and balanced with refreshing acidity. The finish carries tropical papaya and guava essences well beyond the sip. Enjoy with complex, spicy and herbal dishes that highlight fresh spring and summer ingredients, or seafood.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast
Domaine Corne Loup Tavel Rose 2018
Retail: $16.95 | Sale: $15.25
The town of Tavel has been famous for its rosé wine since the time of the Popes in Avignon (1300’s). Crushed stone, watermelon, strawberry and hints of peach greet you in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied and nicely textured with an elegant expression of fruit. This is a classic Tavel to enjoy as the perfect meal starter over the coming year.
65 Grenache | 15 Cinsault | 10 Syrah | 10 Mourvèdre, Clairette & Carignan
Lillet Rosé NV
Retail: $23.95 | Sale: $21.55
It is well-established that summer means rosé. But the warm weather is also ideal for an aperitif —a super refreshing, low-proof drink before dinner —and Lillet Rose is one of our summer favorites. Like Lillet Blanc, which you may be more familiar with, Lillet Rose is a wine-based aperitif, made from the Grand Cru Bordeaux grapes used for Lillet’s white and red versions, and then combined with herb and fruit liqueurs before ageing in oak. As a result, it is bright and fruit-forward but not overly sweet —a pleasure to sip on its own, or in a fun cocktail.
Sémillon & other Bordeaux varietal