Can you believe it’s already June? The calendar seems to fly by faster and faster each year, the summer months landing in our laps before we know it. But it’s all well and good as the arrival of June marks the release of our favorite new rosé wines. These are all your favorites, too. Tried and true, tasted and tested by you over three vintages now. We have the perennial favorite from Italy, the Montaribaldi ‘Sigiuja’, based on Nebbiolo, with its full body, wonderfully complicated candied apple, and white pepper spice and that unmistakable Nebbiolo character that makes this one the quickest to sell out every season.
Then there’s a new entry into the fold, from one of the most important Chateauneuf du Pape producers in the region, Font de Michelle. This comes from vineyards adjacent to their southern Chateauneuf plots. Dubbed Font du Vent, based on Grenache and Cinsault, it’s a shimmering pale pink, and packed with red raspberries from nose to palate. I like to call it a Chateauneuf rosé, and I think it’s gonna give ‘Sigiuja’ a run for its money this season!
Not to overlook our other proverbial favorites, I also fell in love all over again with the latest releases from both Chateau Saint Cyrgues and Capucine – the latter now on its fourth successful vintage around these parts! Saint Cyrgues is the lightest of the bunch for 2020, but it still comes with plenty of plums and orange zest to keep this “porch swing rosé” totally irresistible. As for Capucine, what can I say? It’s absolutely delicious for 2020. It’s got notes of blueberries, blackberries, cherries, just a whole host of black, blue, and red fruits. Like a summer fruit salad. My mouth waters as I write this letter to all of you…
2020 Montaribaldi Sigiuja Rosato
Deep salmon pink. Highly fragrant, lifted aromas of roses, morello cherries, and white pepper. Full bodied, spicy, complicated, candied apple flavors are met by that white pepper nuance from the nose. There’s a certain unmistakable Nebbiolo quality on the palate that sets this explosive rose apart. Red raspberries galore with air. Finishes long, sweet, bone dry and spicy. Oh so delicious. Lipsmacking.
2020 Font du Vent Cotes du Rhone les Promesses Rosé
Shimmering pale pink robe, aromas of red raspberries, plum skins, and wildflowers. Medium bodied palate is crisp, with flavors of freshly picked fruit to include those red raspberries from the nose, lifted by crisp, fresh acidity, and a lingering note of summer strawberries. Just delicious! As expected from one of the finest families of Chateauneuf du Pape.
2020 Chateau Saint-Cyrgues Costieres de Nimes Rosé
Pale pink robe, aromas of plum skin and blueberry, along with orange zest and rose petal. Spicy palate is complicated by a white pepper edge that lifts the blackberry fruit on the tongue. Lite bodied and straightforward. But a delicious example of porch swing rose.
2020 Ollieux Romanis Capucine Rosé
Shimmering pale pink. Cornucopia of fruit. Blueberries, blackberries, cherries, just a whole host of black, blue, and red fruits. Like a summer fruit salad. Medium bodied and quite serious. The plum and blueberry fruit take center stage on the palate where the crisp acidity gives lift and focus. This is quite bold and very refined. A rose for fans of the Rhone Valley. Spice, garrigue and all things Rhone.
We’re offering special half and full case discounts, mix and match or solid. So come on down and stock up before they’re all gone!