Hello friends. When it comes to new-school Washington rosé, count me as a member of the anti-spontaneity party. In our current low-supply/high-demand environment, planning is required.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: if you want to be drinking the best local rosés in July and August, you can’t purchase them in July and August. They’ll be sold out by then. The trick is to purchase in March and April, stash them away in a dark closet or under the bed, and wait for that glorious, all-too-short PacNW summer when Seattle gets like nine weeks in a row of abundant sunshine and we all frolic through Ish River Country like a merry band of woodland nymphs.
Do woodland nymphs drink crap rosé? No they do not!
Okay, so I know I’m preaching to the choir here. You all proved that by ordering a ridiculous amount of Seven Hills Rosé (effectively sold out already, from what I’m hearing). So instead of continuing to hammer away at the planning vs spontaneity debate, let’s just turn the focus to today’s pair of blink-and-they’re-gone, mayfly rosés, two of the most popular pinks we offer each spring.
What I like about this rosé is that it combines the richness and soft mouthfeel and overall patio-pounding glug-ability of the warm vintage with low alcohol and plenty of bright acid from an early pick. The fruit combines cherry and melon, and the complexities run the gamut from mineral to green (watermelon rind, kiwi). There is enough heft to the texture that this could conceivably work even as late as autumn. But I somehow doubt many bottles will survive that long; this one is just too damned easy to drink.
It’s worth noting that the previous three vintages sold out in five weeks, eight weeks, and eight weeks. Furthermore, this 2015 just scored the only gold medal awarded to a rosé at the prestigious TEXSOM International Wine Awards, so it’s already gathering sales momentum. Chances of any medium- to long-term reorders look iffy at best.
As usual, Pink Pape is a single-vineyard (Blackrock) Provencal blend of Grenache (46%), Cinsault (31%), and Counoise (23%). Clocking in at 12.8% alc, it’s pale pink, a promise of summer in a glass. The nose combines lovely watermelon and green strawberry fruit with further green subtleties of cucmber. Bright and lively in the mouth, this fans out across the palate, propped up by its sturdy acid-mineral spine. The mix of fruits and minerals and green tones is balanced and beautiful. This particular rosé is always so versatile, I could see it working all summer long and then finishing up on the Thanksgiving table. Lovely juice, and if past is prologue, we will not have another opportunity to offer this particular mayfly.
Please limit order requests to 36 bottles of Renegade and 12 bottles of Pink Pape, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.