Hello friends, There are a lot of myths about rosé—myths that we have been trying to bust for years here at Full Pull. You can only drink rosé in the summer. Have you ever tried it on your Thanksgiving table? It’s breathtaking. The only good rosé comes from France. Washington, Spain, and Italy are just the tip of the rebuttal iceberg. Rosés are always sweet. Yes, Sutter Home may have ruined a generation for drinking delicious pink juice, but the typical rosé profile is racy, acidic, lively. You should only drink current vintage rosé. This one really gets my goat, because it is unequivocally untrue. While you may not want to cellar a Provençal rose for twenty years, there is something to be said about giving rosé a year or two in bottle to improve. There is nothing wrong with drinking ‘14 and ‘15 rosés this year—some of your favorites from the last few summers might even show better than ever in the coming months.
So, to help end these horrible rosé rumors once and for all, we’ve got three amazing deals on rosé. All 2015 vintage. All $9.99. If you’re looking to stock up on some international treasures without breaking the bank for a summer full of pink, this is the place for you.
2015 Chateau Teulon Costieres De Nimes Rose
This is a juicy, bright, medium bodied Grenache and Syrah rosé that a year in bottle has done wonders for. Upfront, it’s got a healthy dose of fresh strawberries, wet stone minerality, and garrigue (which is the low-growing vegetation that climbs across the limestone hills of the Mediterranean coastline. Think freshly plucked juniper, thyme, rosemary, and lavender). The finish is full, yet dry—making it the perfect rosé for a spring or summer picnic of light finger foods, meats, and cheeses.
Chateau Teulon may be newer to the US market, but the family itself has been farming vineyards since the early 1700s. The estate lives in Saint Gilles, just south of Nimes in southern Rhône, and has been certified organic since 2012.
2015 Otella RosesRoses
As previously mentioned, Italian rosés are the perfect rebuttal wines to any disparaging about non-French specimens. This light rosé from Otella, one of the oldest estates in Lugana DOC of northern Italy, shows finesse, clear minerality, and downright zippy acidity.
The grapes are all Italian: Corvina Veronese, Lagrein, and Rondinella. It leads with a nose of white peach, which feels incredibly inviting on a sunny, spring day, and the palate follows suit with stone fruit, strawberry, and citrus. This wine would be perfect with all things seafood, especially from the Pacific Northwest. Without food, it would be an ideal aperitif or afternoon patio sipper.
2015 Guild Winemakers Rose Willamette Valley
Guild is a little collective of PNW winemakers that’s been buzzing since 2010. The winemakers include John Grochau of Grochau Cellars, Anne Hubatch of Helioterra Wines and Whoa Nelly!, and Vincent Fritzsche of Vincent Wine Company. The goal of this collaboration? To make wines of exceptional value for the masses. This rosé definitely fits the bill; it’s a wild deal for under 10 dollars. It’s an unusual mixture—mostly Melon de Bourgogne with a little bit of Pinot Noir to provide structure and color.
Melon de Bourgogne has one major growing region, the Loire Valley, and a few other niche regions, like the Pacific Northwest. While there have been some plantings in California, many of them have been incorrectly labeled as Pinot Blanc. It’s really Oregon that holds down the fort when it comes to United States plantings of Melon de Bourgogne—and boy, are we all lucky they do. This rosé shows off a lot of typical characteristic from this light, acidic grape, such as green apple, pear, citrus, and a sea-water minerality. The pinot noir adds in aromas of watermelon and strawberries, and pumps up the acidity even more. This wine is Pacific Northwest summer in a glass—made for eating crab you caught yourself on a peninsula beach somewhere west of Seattle.
First come first served for all of these rosés. 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.