Hello friends. Welcome to Anniversary Week! Full Pull launched about eight years ago (!), on October 5, 2009, and we use the occasion of our anniversary week to blast out some of our most compelling offers of the year. This is the first in a planned quintet of Anniversary Week offers.
Today we are kicking off this celebratory week in the most appropriate way possible—with bubbles. This offer marks the new disgorgement of one of the most well-loved wines we offer: our bubbly extra brut rosé from Block Wines, our winery-within-Full Pull.
NV Block Wines Extra Brut Rose Marchant Vineyard D.2017
We could never have imagined what a phenomenon this little bottle of pink would become with our list members. (Okay, we probably could have imagined it…). The past two disgorgements have sold like hot cakes—largely because growing in the cooler part of Yakima Valley lessened our desired production. However, this year, it is quite the opposite. We are happy to report that we have increased the production on this wine by 50%. We are hoping this increase in bottles will keep us armed and ready with supplies to last through the holidays—though no promises of December reorders can be officially made.
While Morgan Lee makes all of the still wines under the Block label, Christian and Juergen Grieb have been our partner winemakers for this wine since the beginning. They are the Washington-focused sparkling winemakers behind Treveri—and we consider this partnership extremely special. While the bubbles scene in our state is growing, sparkling wine producers are still few and far between. We consider Christian and Juergen experts on the matter of Washington sparkling.
This wine is made from 100% Washington Pinot Noir. While practically growing like a weed in Oregon, Pinot is much harder to find in our neck of the woods. That is part of what makes this bottling so special. Treveri has access to a small amount of Pinot Noir—not nearly enough for their own commercial rosé production, but perfect for our purposes. True to the block name, this juice comes from a single block of a single vineyard called Marchant. Marchant Vineyard is a cool-climate Yakima Valley Vineyard; just cool enough to be perfect for Pinot, and that’s all they grow there. Our fruit is pulled from the block closest to the farmhouse on the property: hence the “Farmhouse Block” designation on the label.
This pours into the glass stunning pale pink—the color of hazy Seattle sunsets and the salmon we’ve become famous for. It opens with a nose of ripe fruit (strawberries, cherries, apricots, nectarines), bits of brioche, fresh cut lilies, meyer lemon, granite minerality, and a touch of salinity. In the grand tradition of this wine, we settled on a brisk five grams per liter dosage. This puts us in the “Extra Brut” category; drier than Brut. And it definitely drinks extra brut, while still managing some true breadth. Expertly walking the tightrope of balance, this bottling is bright and clean while dancing between pure fruit, saline minerality, and strong acidity. The finish moves through a few more leesy notes and ends with a lingering touch of strawberries and earth. Pair this wine with just about anything: drink it alone or with a touch of cassis or lillet for a killer aperitif; serve it with a whole roasted chicken glazed with apricot preserves; toast a glass along side free-form, freshly-foraged mushroom galettes (it is made from pinot, after all!); fancy up breakfast with a frisee salad, poached egg, and crispy bacon lardons; or present it with the softest, creamiest cheese you can find. There is no wrong pairing here.
As you’ve heard time and time again, sparkling wine plays a big role in the lives of Team Full Pull. Paul and Kelli decided to embark on Full Pull itself after a handshake agreement about life, expectations, and sparkling wine. Nick and his wife toasted their wedding with Marie Copinet champagne. Dennis told me with a wink that he once loved sparkling Shiraz. Universally, these bubbly bottles weave their way into our most cherished memories.
But truly, for me, sparkling wine marks the celebratory nature of everyday life. When the seasonal depression of Seattle’s rainy season hasn’t fully kicked in, I wake up most mornings in complete awe of this multi-faceted city. Just this week, the tree down the street from our house has turned fire-engine red, which fills this transient east coaster with a joy you wouldn’t believe. I feed the animals, hear the light rail cruise down MLK, and contemplate how I convinced someone to sell me this house. This house: the one that holds a happy family of two humans, a cat, a dog, generations of memories, and a whole lot of potential. It’s in those moments that I can’t help but think, if this life isn’t a cause for celebration, what is? And those are the times that sparkling wine is truly made for.