Hello friends. We’re back with the latest in our anti-spontaneity rosé series. You remember the deal, right? When it comes to new-school Washington rosé, spontaneity is way overrated. In our current low-supply/high-demand environment, planning is required.
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 and May, stash them away in a dark closet or under the bed, and wait for our glorious, all-too-short PacNW summer.
Anti-Spontaneity Offer #1 was for 2015 Seven Hills Rosé on March 4 (and I know many of you have been *stoked* to have bottles on hand with some of the 80-degree days we’ve had in April). Anti-Spontaneity Offer #2 came on the first of April, covering 2015 Renegade Rosé and 2015 Tranche Pink Pape. Now that we’ve hit May, it’s time for another trio of blink-and-they’re-gone, mayfly rosés. Two of these are old Full Pull standbys. But let’s start with a newbie:
It’s a passion project from Long Shadows, and it’s clear that this is Gilles Nicault at his most whimsical. Pale pink in the glass, it begins with a nose of honeycrisp apple, cantaloupe, and watermelon (the red flesh, yes, but also some green rind notes). A bit of dissolved CO2 adds spritz and balances some seriously rich fruit (14.1% listed alc). This vintage drinks quite dry compared to previous years. There may be a kiss of residual sugar here, but it’s only a subtlety, not prominent like in some previous years. It’s more Tavel than Provence in texture, to me more appropriate for late-summer-into-fall, and certainly a lovely bottle to put on the Thanksgiving table. The problem, of course, is that the wine is unlikely to still be around by late summer. I’d also drink this with darker white meats, like chicken thighs or pork shoulder roasts. Yum.
No surprise that these Rhone specialists would produce a rosé that is a blend of 39% Cinsault, 36% Carignan, and 25% Grenache. One change this year: the bottling gets a single-vineyard designation, coming entirely from McKinley Springs in the Horse Heaven Hills. The grapes are picked specifically for rosé (13.9% alc), and produce a wine with lovely pale salmon color. The nose is fantastic, combining notes fruity (strawberry, kiwi, honeydew), green (cucumber, celery leaf), and mineral in turn. The palate offers a deftly balanced mix of supple fruit and juicy acidity, and the finishing lick of Aperol bitters adds complexity and an adult touch to a truly lovely rosé. One of Washington’s standard-bearers in this category, to be sure.
First come first served up to 36 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and 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.