Friday Sips


Provencal Pink Parade Tasting
Today June 28, 1:30 - 6:30
Drop by to taste four new Southern French Rose arrivals


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2018 BASTIDE BLANCHE BANDOL ROSE
$21.99 BTL./$263.88

The Bronzo brothers bought La Bastide Blanche in the 70s and in the last 40+ years, they have brought their Domaine into prominence and along with Tempier, have become amongst the pre-eminent producer of Bandol Rouge and Rose wines. They are also terrific values. Think about this when you drop forty for Tempier's Rose....

75% Mourvedre with the remainder being Grenache, Cinsault and Clairette, loads of hawthorn, berry, herbes de provence, lemon and strawberry fold over into a texture that is mouth coating and fleshy, yet brisk. Beguiling complexity, richness and depth shine on the long, long finish. Absolutely a food wine, wash down this tsunami of a pink wine with seafood stew, grilled whole chickens with fresh herbs, or crusty bread and an assortment of olives…ALSO, one doesn't have to just drink Rose for summer, this rose is substantial and complex enough to age into the next year and even the year after. Try it at Thanksgiving or next year with crab if you decide to hold a bottle.



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2018 CHATEAU DU CASTILLON
BANDOL ROSE
$21.99 BTL./$263.88

The word terroir has become a sales buzzword for marketing idiots from halfassed establishments. How many of them really practice the concept of the inimitable and original relationship between the four elements that make up terroir – heat, light, water and soil. Often times we taste a bunch of single vineyards and their bridging relationship is of oak, intervention, more oak, extraction, more oak and alcohol. Oh yeah, they all taste the same as well. My eyes are looking north and eastward. When it comes to terroir, the Bronzo boys (and girls) back it up. A few years back they became super excited over and purchased a property across the road from their excellent vineyard sites. The soils here are more gravel-based and the blend is slightly different. Winemaking is the same; it just goes to show that it is all about place.

50% Mourvedre, 35% Cinsault & 15% Grenache, this terroir lends itself to producing a wine of oceanic qualities that combine nicely with fine red fruits. Between the color, aromas and texture, this textbook pink Bandol is quite magnetizing. Smoke, lime, touches of freshly cut roses with Provençal herbs and strawberry arriving on the scene to add layers of complexity. Combining a flavorful palate-presence with excellent chime, this mouth-watering marvel can be consumed in copious qualities or with grilled chicken or tuna spiked with herbs and anise and not a bad combo with shellfish done in a Thai-inspired preparation.



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2018 CHARVIN COTES-DU-RHONE ROSE
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

Get in the fast lane grandma, the bingo game’s about to roll! When compiling a short list of the greatest Châteauneuf producers, Laurent Charvin would definitely have to be included with the likes of Beaucastel, Vieux Telegraphe, Beaurenard, Janasse, Rayas and Clos des Papes. Not only does Laurent produce excellent Chateaueuf, he also makes a smashing Cotes-du-Rhone Rose that is serious business indeed.

Pale pink color, all directly pressed after 2 hours of skin contact. Very front-loaded scents of lavender and fenoueil along with fleshy cherry pit aspects. Livewire zip, plenty of material that fills the mouth. Scintillating and succulent on the finish, this rose seemingly lasts for an hour on the finish. Will be one of the selections of the summer. Well, at least while I have some, it is very limited!



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2018 CHATEAU DE ROQUEFORT
COTES-DE-PROVENCE ROSE 'CORAIL'
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

4th of July is just days away and usually Bryan prefer M-80s to sparklers, who really cares about safe and sane, we’re all about dumb and dangerous! Hold my Rose, watch me light this off!!!

Located just outside of Baume, this is prototype Southern French Rose. 35% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Cinsault, 5% Carignan, 5% Vermentino & 5% Clairette. Beautifully proportioned and ethereal aromas of smoked raspberry, rose petal, lemon, herbs and seemingly stony character carry over into a texture that has substance, elevation and plenty of burst all the way through the expansive finish.



Next Week's WEDNESDAY SIPS
July 3 from 1:30 - 6:00

Pre-Holiday, Whatever Goes Tasting
No Friday Sips July 5 as we will be closed for the long weekend






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