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60 Days of Rosé #12 | Villa Wolf | Pinot Noir Rosé | $12.99

60 Days of Rosé #12 | Villa Wolf | Pinot Noir Rosé | $12.99

Coming in at number 12 during our 60 Days of Rosé is an elegant, delectable stunner for under $15.

Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé has been a staff and crowd favorite this year, with multiple customers coming in, getting a bottle, then coming back for a case.

Hot, muggy weather is approaching so beat the heat with this refreshing, craveable, German rosé for $12.99!

From villawolf.com

VILLA WOLF ROSÉ –
The Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 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 (four to six hours) to extract a lovely salmon color from the Pinot Noir grapes. Thee is no saignée or coloring with red wine. The resulting wine is light and refreshing, with deliciously bright fruit flavors and a clean, zippy finish.

THE 2017 VINTAGE –
A very warm spring kicked off an early growing season in the Pfalz. It was slowed by a bout of frost in April that inhibited shoot growth and made training the vines very difficult. A warm, wet summer promoted rapid fruit development, but also botrytis. Through extensive vineyard work, however, our team was able to harvest a clean, healthy crop in September. In spite of the challenges, the wines have excellent ripeness and bright, refreshing acidity.

 

VILLA WOLF ROSÉ –

  • Harvested at optimal ripeness for a bright, fresh style. No overripe or botrytis-affected fruit is allowed.
  • True rosé, with a brief maceration to extract the delicate color.
  • Fermentation and maturation in stainless steel tanks.
  • No malolactic fermentation.
  • Light filtration before bottling. No other filtering or fining.
  • Alcohol: 11.5%
  • Residual sweetness: 10.5 grams/liter
  • Total acidity: 7.4 grams/liter

 

VILLA WOLF VARIETAL WINES –
The Villa Wolf varietal line-up includes exceptionally affordable, classic Pfalz wines made from traditional grape varieties. These value-priced wines combine Villa Wolf estate-grown fruit with grapes from contracted growers throughout the region.

THE PFALZ REGION –
The Pfalz (aka ‘Palatinate’) region is in the Rhine river valley in southwest Germany, directly north of France’s Alsace region. The low-lying Haardt mountains protect the area from cold, wet Atlantic weather, making it one of the warmer and drier areas of Germany. Wine grapes do quite well here where it is possible to achieve full ripeness in every vintage. The predominant soil type in this area is well-drained, weathered sandstone. It produces wines with a fruit-driven purity and a stony structure.

ABOUT VILLA WOLF –
Founded in 1756, in the Pfalz region of Germany, the J.L. Wolf estate (now called Villa Wolf) was a successful and highly regarded winery for more than two centuries. It entered an especially glamorous era with the construction of its Italianate estate house and villa in 1843.

In the latter years of the 20th century, however, the estate languished, lacking a firm hand to guide its wine production. Ernst Loosen, of the Dr. Loosen estate, took over the vineyards in 1996, launching a dramatic turnaround in the estate’s quality and reputation.

Since 2011, the estate has been managed by a talented and dedicated young couple who met while working at Dr. Loosen. Patrick Moellendorf and Sumi Gebauer have brought renewed energy and focus to the viticulture and winemaking at Villa Wolf.
Traditionally Crafted Pfalz Wines

The goal at Villa Wolf is to produce wines that express the pure, authentic terroir of the Pfalz.

Made in the classic style of the Pfalz, Villa Wolf Rieslings are drier and more full-bodied than Mosel Rieslings, with fully ripe fruit flavors and a characteristic stoniness in the aroma.

The Pfalz region also has a long tradition with other grape varieties, allowing Ernst and his team to expand their winemaking palette to include Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer and Dornfelder.

To preserve the naturally high quality of the vineyards, we employ sustainable viticultural practices and emphasize gentle handling of the fruit through traditional, minimalist winemaking.

 

 

60 Days of Rosé #09 | Wilde Farm | Native & Natural Dolcetto Rosé | Fox Hill Vineyard Mendocino

   

60 Days of Rosé #09 | Wilde Farm | Dolcetto Rosé | Fox Hill Vineyard Mendocino California | $19.99

Wilde Farm Dolcetto Rosé is lovingly made with natural yeast, no sulfites are added, and it is 100% delicious!

Only 70 cases of were made for the universe we exist in, so snag your bottle of this sumptuous stunner before they vanish!

wildefarmwines.com

 

The Winery:
Wilde Farm was a place long before it was a wine. Built in 1907 on the estate of Samuel Wilde, a successful coffee and spice trader, Wilde Farm began as a horse farm, with a generous kitchen garden of vegetables and herbs. It is of the Colonial Revival style popular at the time. The edifice itself is purposefully constructed, with hand-hewn floorboards, chestnut moldings, high, plastered ceilings and strong, honest lines. Much like its eponymous wine, the house was expertly crafted of honest materials and made to age gracefully. About twenty years ago, my wife and I took over custody of Wilde Farm. There we have raised three beautiful boys, in the only home they have ever known.

Wilde Farm makes wines from old vines and exceptional vineyards. Quantities are very small. Our wines are bright, balanced and made by hand. They emphasize a balance of acid and fruit. As an added bonus they age great.

Pax Mahle makes Wilde Farm wines. He has a light touch and a craftsman’s approach. Together, we work hard to ensure that Pax has the best materials available and that as a team we screw it up as little as possible. We source grapes from old vine, low yield sites, where soil, climate and honest farming practices allow for a full expression of the type of grape and the place the grapes come from. We only offer vineyard designated wines (so far).We pick when the grapes are ripe and ready. Yeasts are ambient, oak is neutral and fermentation happens at its own pace. We sometimes include stems in the primary fermentation, when it makes sense. We bottle our wines unfined and unfiltered. We sell them when we think they are delicious.

Winemaker’s notes:
Vibrant and fresh with a compelling depth of aroma of effusive cinnamon laced black red & blue fruits. The palate is loaded w/ fresh fruit, spice and a supple core of spicier fruit. Weighty and textural this is really delicious served w/ a chill.

  • Alcohol: 12.4%
  • pH: 3.48
  • Cases Produced: 70

Fox Hill Vineyard:
Wilde Farm Dolcetto comes exclusively from The Fox Hill vineyard, located just south of the town of Ukiah on the Talmage Bench. The soils are well-drained, with high concentrations of gravel and sandstone. Fig, apple and plum trees dot the grounds, as well as an acre of olive trees. The Dolcetto we source comes from the cooler, tree-shaded, north-west facing slopes. This wine goes through complete carbonic fermentation with native yeasts and is raised naturally for only 6 months in neutral french barrique with no sulfur added.

 

60 Days of Rosé | #08 | Amplify Wines | “Pink Flag” Rosé of Counoise | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California | $21.99

60 Days of Rosé | #08 | Amplify Wines | “Pink Flag” Rosé of Counoise | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California | $21.99Amplify Wines Pink Flag Rose Bottle Label

This wine is crazy. And by that we mean, crazy amazing! “Pink Flag” rose from Amplify Wines is really unlike any other rose we’ve tasted this year. I mean, that hazy crazy beautiful color alone is mind-blowing! When you pour a glass and hold it up to the sun, you notice how its silken texture flows and shimmers in the most summery, let’s-get-on-a-boat-right-now kind of way. Take a sip, and your palate is pleasantly shocked with an amped up grapefruit brightness, which is perfectly tempered by refreshing salinity and satiny, nutty richness. You should definitely drink it while listening to Wire’s influential album of the same name 🙂

Amplify Wines Pink Flag Rose

How do they do it? Well, the way this wine is made is very, very unusual.  Husband & wife winemakers Cameron & Marlen Porter age 50% of the wine under flor, using a method similar to that used to make Vin Jaune or Sherry. This contributes the sea salt, almond, saline character. The other half of the wine is more reminiscent of classic Bandol rosé. The marriage of these two styles makes for a very complete, savory rosé, one that expresses a new side of the Santa Barbara’s famed Camp 4 Vineyard through the Counoise grape.

Our enjoyment of this wine is even greater because of the ethos of Cameron & Marlen, who were born and raised in Santa Barbara County. They believe in native yeast fermentations; neutral vessels for fermentation and aging; no additions of any kind except for minimum effective sulfur dioxide; and farming that seeks to establish a healthy ecosystem, enhancing and supporting the natural characteristics of a given place.

The exploration, and elevation, of their California growing region has been their life’s work. They first bonded over a shared love for wine and music, and Amplify is a natural extension of this marriage between their two greatest passions. As winemakers, they seek to amplify the voice of site and enhance the most singular characteristics of a given vineyard, marrying a sense of place with a sense of style. They embrace the happy accident, letting intuition guide their hand, with their creative spirit and palates as their primary tools.

Amplify Wines “Pink Flag” rosé is extremely limited. The winery produced 81 cases of the 2017 vintages, and this is the first time it’s ever been available in Vermont. Only a handful of cases are available across the whole state! It’s hard to miss this wicked cool label on our expansive “wall of rosé” copper bar display – come and snag yours today!

About Amplify Wines “Pink Flag” rosé from www.amplifywines.com:

  • 100% Counoise
  • Primary and Secondary fermentation: Native yeast
  • Vessels: 100% neutral oak. Barrel fermented and aged. 5 months in barrel.
  • Biological aging: 50% aged under flor, 50% topped-up
  • 13.9% alcohol
  • Finished pH: 3.4
  • Sulfur: None at crush, none during elevage. 15 ppm at bottling.
  • Unfined and unfiltered.
  • 81 cases produced

60 Days of Rosé | #06 | Famille Lafage Miraflors Rosé | France – Roussillon – Côtes Catalanes | $16.99

60 Days of Rosé | #06 | Famille Lafage Miraflors Rosé | France – Roussillon – Côtes Catalanes | $16.99

The pink ‘n pale Lafage Miraflors rosé in a frosted bottle will grab the attention of your eyes, and the flavor will grab the full attention of your palate.

We adore this French rosé for under $20.  Refreshing & bright, Miraflors can be enjoyed by itself or with some of your favorite spring/summer fare.

 

From europeancellars.com

Named after an old estate located in the heart of Domaine Lafage, Mas Miraflors, the Miraflors Rosé is sourced from old vines of Grenache Gris, nearing 80 years old, planted near the Mediterranean. Added to this is some Mourvedre that Jean-Marc planted here about 15 years ago. This a direct press rosé with the color coming from the skins of the pink Grenache Gris berries, and naturally, from the much darker Mourvedre. It is aged in tank for 4 months before bottling.

 

Famille Lafage Miraflors Rosé

  • Location | Roussillon, France
  • Appellation | Côtes Catalanes
  • Size / Elevation | 160 hectares / 50-400 meters
  • Variety | Mourvedre, Grenache Gris
  • Age of Vines | 15-75
  • Farming | Practicing organic
  • Soil | Alluvial gravel
  • Altitude | 15-25 meters
  • Fermentation | Hand harvested, direct press, fermented in tank
  • Aging | 4 months in tank

 

 

 For well over a decade we have worked with Jean-Marc Lafage at his estate in the Roussillon, and across the border in Spain where he consults on several projects. As good as his wines were, when we first met him, they only get better with each vintage. When we first made his acquaintance in Calatayud, he suggested we visit his estate in the Roussillon and the rest, as they say, is history.

Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage farm 160 hectares of vines located just south of the capital of French Catalonia, Perpignan. Some of their vineyards are situated a few kilometers from the Mediterranean while others can be found in the foothills of the Pyrenees. This range of sites allow them to make both refreshing whites as well as concentrated reds and, this being the Roussillon, some fortified wines as well. Benefiting from a warm, dry climate, the estate is farmed organically.

They grow primarily Grenache (Blanc, Gris & Noir), Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Marsanne, Roussanne and Chardonnay with a significant proportion of the vines well over 50 years old. The soil, as you near the coast is weathered, alluvial gravel while in the higher elevation sites it is predominantly schist. They harvest by hand and the winemaking is surprisingly uncomplicated with stainlesss steel for the fresher whites but mostly concrete tanks for the rest with a small amount of French oak demi-muids.

Named after an old estate located in the heart of Domaine Lafage, Mas Miraflors, the Miraflors Rosé is sourced from old vines of Grenache Gris, nearing 80 years old, planted near the Mediterranean.

Added to this is some Mourvedre that Jean-Marc planted here about 15 years ago. This a direct press rosé with the color coming from the skins of the pink Grenache Gris berries, and naturally, from the much darker Mourvedre. It is aged in tank for 4 months before bottling.

 

 

60 Days of Rosé | #04 | La Vie en Rosé | Pays d’Oc | Cinsault Rosé | 2017

60 Days of Rosé | #04 | La Vie en Rosé | Pays d’Oc | Cinsault Rosé | 2017 | $9.99 (normally $12!)

Rolling in at number 4 during our 60 Days of Rosé is La Vie en Rosé – a wine we like so much, that every year, we snag stacks of it!

La Vie en Rosé fires on many cylinders:

  • Delicious, approachable, and crowd friendly
  • Drink by itself or with a BLT, fried chicken, Waldorf-style salads, fresh cheese, quinoa salad, Ratatouille, berry cobbler or pie… La Vie en Rosé is quite versatile
  • Easy to get into – unscrew the cap and enjoy!
  • Flowery, romantic label – we sell a lot for weddings
  • On sale for $9.99 (normally $11.99)

Enjoy this delightful rosé  today!

 

Read about Pays d’Oc:

content from www.paysdoc-wines.com

Cinsault: a delicacy

This grape variety is the ultimate Pays d’Oc rosé wines par excellence! It produces fresh wines with a pronounced taste of strawberry and rose petal, becoming slightly tile-red when assembled with Grenache where the rosé takes on its roundness.

Pays d’Oc grape varieties

Pays d’Oc wines are fruity and new, elegant and modern or refined and contemporary. They are perfect for every occasion, fulfil every desire and are ideal for every table. They have a well-defined French character, bathed in sunshine and the Mediterranean, which makes them easily recognisable.
Excellent value for money, Pays d’Oc wines are resolutely appealing.

Pays d’Oc: IGP – Protected Geographical Indication – a quality label

Pays d’Oc IGP is attributed to a wine that is exclusively produced in the Languedoc-Roussillon and has been accepted for approval by the Pays d’Oc Wine Producers Union. The label is awarded to wines that meet strict production quality criteria. The wine must also display typical Pays d’Oc characteristics. 92% of all Pays d’Oc IGP wines are varietal wines.

Between Land and Sea

The Pays d’Oc territory winds along the Mediterranean Sea, weaving itself along 4 departments in the Languedoc-Roussillon : Pyrénées-Orientales, Aude, Hérault and the Gard. The Pays d’Oc boasts 200 km of beaches and vast expanses of vineyards bathed by the sun.  A rich and natural combination of steep slopes, hilly peaks, vineyards, garrigue vegetation and the sea, the Pays d’Oc territory is embraced by its Mediterranean climate that comfortably enfolds the vines with its dry and windswept soils.

Having always embraced the vine, Pays d’Oc has adapted its vineyard and adopted grape varieties from different regions in France.  These grapes have embraced the Pays d’Oc and taken on the region’s charm.

The terroir effect

The terroir effect is noticeable upon tasting wines from the different Pays d’oc zones.  The Languedoc-Roussillon’s wealth of diverse soils and climates are exemplified by its *** terroirs. As grapes embrace the land from which they are grown, the grape varieties express themselves differently depending on the climate, exposure, relief, and soils. Pays d’Oc’s patchwork of wine-growing areas creates an expression of these grape varieties that is unique.

Pays d’Oc men and women

In the Pays d’Oc, mankind and vineyards tell one of the most beautiful stories of life and passion. Throughout the centuries and eras, passion for wine has always stayed alive.  Despite all the ups and downs of history, it remains, more than ever, connected to its territory. Over the past 30 years, the men and women from Pays d’Oc have understood the importance of adapting regional viticulture to economic and regulatory changes. Their heartfelt commitment to the regional viticulture tradition has created a strong motivation towards optimising the use of the vineyards. Using a savoir-faire passed down through the centuries, they create high-quality wines that reflect Pays d’Oc’s typicity.

As a result, Pays d’Oc wines embody wine growers’ passion and commitment and reflect the producers’ ability to combine tradition and modernity.

 

60 Days of Rosé | #03 Swick Wines Rosé of Pinot Noir | $19.99

Swick Wines Rose of Pinot Noir 2017

60 Days of Rosé | #03 | Swick Wines | Willamette Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir | $19.99

Today, ladies and gentlemen, we would like to introduce you to an intriguing rosé that will expand your palette and your mind, revealing layers that you may not have realized a rosé could have! Swick Wines’ Rosé of Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley is as natural as a wine can be, made with grapes that are gently hand-harvested and direct pressed into concrete eggs. It sings with zingy black cherry and raspberry, but finishes extra dry and sharp, with fresh clean acidity. Crack a bottle with a friend and a wedge of salty cheese, and ponder deep thoughts!

Joe Swick, owner and winemaker

In addition to snagging Joe’s rosé each year from our friends at Vermont Wine Merchants as soon as it comes in, we carry Swick Wines Malbec in our natural wine section year-round! A deep and brooding Washington Malbec, this wine displays a subtle nose, with elegant dark fruit emerging from its gentlemanly reserve.

Joe Swick is a 5th generation Oregonian, born and raised in Portland. He got into the wine business working as a shipping/receiving clerk working at a specialty organic food store in Portland, where he was able to taste a lot of different wines and meet a lot of Oregonian winemakers. He worked his first harvest in 2003 in Oregon, and from then until 2012 he worked 15 different harvests, traveling all over the world as far as Tasmania, France, Portugal, and Italy. Joe returned to Oregon in 2013 to start Swick Wines in the Willamette Valley. He works only with sustainable or organically farmed vineyards that are not irrigated, from cooler climate locations. Many of the wines have zero sulfur added.

Joe’s wines tend to showcase the “fruit” aspect in a very subtle way, instead being more focused on minerality, salinity and freshness. Tannins are direct and firm without being harsh. Since Joe works with cold sites, alcohols are lower and acids are quite a bit higher than most wines from Oregon/Washington. Read more about Joe Swick’s dedication to natural winemaking in Willamette Week and Edible Portland.

ABOUT THE 2017 SWICK ROSÉ OF PINOT NOIR:

Total Production: 1,800 bottles

Appellation: Willamette Valley

Age of Vines: 20 years

Soil: Alluvial and Basalt

Yield: 2 tons per acre

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. The grapes are direct pressed into concrete eggs where the wine ferments for about 8 months. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, with a small addition of sulfur.