05.24.19 | Wines of Summer

Wines of Summer

Is there another wine that makes you think of summer more than a Rosé? While there are other wines that receive honorable mention from this somm, Rosé is the perfect hot summer day wine. And, who knows, maybe we will eventually see summer this year.

My basic rules surrounding Rosé are easy: (1) Pay attention to color. During the winemaking process, the juice and skins are left to macerate for a short time. A deeper pink will be more dense and fruitier (these are my favorite, they don’t taste like weak Kool-Aid). (2) Don’t worry about the grape varietal, this is meant for easy drinking not doing a deep dive into the 10’ section of the Rosé pool. (3) Serve it up cold! Opposed to what I always say about drinking cold beverages in general, you want to drink this cold. (4) A good Rosé should cost you $15-$20. If you want to be fancy, look for Bandol from Provençe, this is the serious Rosé.    

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Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé

Of course a Bonny Doon wine would make my list of something you should be drinking. This is so easy to drink and one of my absolute favorite summer wines. Strawberry and tangerine on the nose. Palate has these same flavors and hints of cranberry and apple with outstanding balance. Stone with a bit of saline in the long and smooth finish. I actually have a can of the bubbly version in my office and I can’t bring myself to crack it open.

Famille Lançon La Solitude Côtes du Rhône Rosé

City Club has its fair share of Solitude wines. I’ve been storing this Rosé and just waiting for summer! The wine in its entirety, from nose to palate, is as if someone is greeting you with a giant bouquet of pink roses and a plate of fresh strawberries. Cinsault, the grape in this wine, expresses itself as light and aromatic. Side note: it is one of the permitted minor grape varieties in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape blend. Take this to your Memorial Day BBQ, it’ll be what I call a “winner-winner-chicken-dinner.”

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Château de Bréze Crémant de Loire Rosé

This is a Cab Franc based bubbly Rosé. Well-balanced with white peach, cherries, minerality, and a touch of bitterness. There isn’t a lot of crazy acidity on this and it is lovely on the palate. Would match-up well with seafood or perfect for summer apps on the deck. Would make those 4th of July fireworks extra special with that someone you like to share a blanket with. Or dare I say if you have some sort of shower to attend this is the perfect wine to bring. Don’t share it though! Open it and be the envy of all of your friends as they sip on $8 Pinot Grigio.

Smockshop Band Rosé

This is one of my favorite oddities in the cellar. It took me a bit to figure this one out or even if I liked it. Nate Ready, a Master Sommelier out of Boulder, moved to the Columbia Gorge in Oregon and began Hiyu Vineyards. True to his Boulder roots the vineyard is 100% dry farming, biodynamic practices, no herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. With a blend of Grenache and Zinfandel, it mimics the dry Provençe style with strawberries, a little earthiness, and plums. Smockshop Band was named after a scribbled-note on a map Lewis & Clark carried while exploring the Pacific Northwest; on the site where Hiyu farm sits is written “Smockshop Band.”