Two 2013 Roses from Washington

Hello friends. Rosés are the mayflies of the wine world: born and then gone in a blink. Of course it’s their transitory nature that makes them so beautiful, the ache of the fleeting experience only serving to heighten the pleasure.

Today we have our second rosé drop of the year. For the first one (back on March 2), we had to put air quotes around the word “spring.” Now it’s May, so I think we can officially say: welcome to spring. This is the time to stock up on the pink drink, so that when we get past May showers and Juneuary (as it’s affectionately called in the Pac-NW), we’ll have our dry, crisp rosés ready to go.  In addition to a pair of new-release rosés, we’ll also include reorder links at the bottom for two of the three rosés offered back in March (the third is, alas, already sold out).

2013 Trust Cellars Rose

This is a wine with a real sense of history/tradition on the Full Pull list. The first vintage we ever offered was the 2009, way back in June 2010, the first summer of Full Pull’s existence. And we’ve offered every vintage since.

Steve Brooks has been making this beauty since the 06 vintage. The genesis was a meal at Creektown Café in Walla Walla. Steve bought lunch for Jean-Francois Pellet, and J-F shared his methods for making his Amavi Rosé of Cab Franc (a rosé that Steve had long admired stylistically). Cabernet Franc also became the source of Trust Rosé, and that grape is a beautiful choice for pink wine. It has relatively thin skin, along with varietal characteristics that add wonderful complexity to the finished wines.

In 2013, it’s all fruit from the outstanding Bacchus Vineyard, picked nice and early, specifically for rosé, such that the finished alc is 12.5%. Cabernet Franc adds lovely green nuance to the nose: a little kick of cucumber and mint to round out the melon and pineapple fruit. The palate is vibrant, delicious, with the flesh of the warmer 2013 vintage balanced by plenty of fresh-and-juicy acids. Complex enough to ponder, delicious enough to glug, this remains a reference point rosé for Washington.

2013 Syncline Rose

Speaking of reference point rosés, we also have the new vintage of Syncline Rosé, one of the most consistently-successful bottlings in the state and the first rosé we ever offered (again the 2009 vintage, this time in April 2010).

No surprise that these Rhone specialists would produce a rosé that is a blend of 43% Cinsault and 32% Grenache from McKinley Springs Vineyard, along with 25% Mourvedre from Coyote Canyon. The grapes are picked specifically for rosé (13.2% alc), and the fermentation happens entirely in concrete (cool!). The result is a wine with pale salmon color, and a lovely nose of strawberry fruit, lilac, and chalky mineral. This is the creamier of the two, with a real sense of flesh to the strawberry-watermelon fruit, but the style is still fresh as can be. It’s a summer-into-autumn rosé for certain, complex and compelling.

First come first served up to 12 bottles of each wine, and the wines should arrive in about a week, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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