We unfortunately had a few corked bottles of wine this week – so our tasting notes this week aren’t quite complete! That being said, we are here to fully embrace spring, even if it’s not chosen to show up just yet. What does that mean in terms of the wines we taste? A focus on rosé, energetic whites and crunchy, light reds that tantalize the palette. These wines don’t always have to be complex (though some certainly are) but they do capture vibrant characteristics – like soaring acid, juicy red fruits, sea breeze or a structured minerality capturing the local terroir.
While the clouds and rain continue over the next few days, we think a glass or three of colorful wines are exactly what we need to will spring into existence, finally.
Domaine Rimbert, Petite Cochon Bronzé (2017)
The moment you pop the cork – pink and featuring a pig and summer umbrella – you know you’re in for a treat wit this rosé. Salmon hued, this wine has unmistakable life: juicy strawberry notes with a whiff of the salty sea air. On the palette, strawberries show themselves upfront, but these are the juicy, slightly tart, under ripe kind we love to taste. At 13.5% ABV, there is a lot of acid to structure this wine and a wet stone minerality tends to build through to the finish, where softer, wispy berry fruit notes creep back in. At only $15, this is a great steal and proof that rosé, now popularized, is still a great place to look for values.
Frenchtown Farms, The Pearl Thief (2016)
When we first heard that they were making only 60 cases of a Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc blend from the Sierra Foothills, we were a bit skeptical. But we have been increasingly excited by California attempts to grow grapes you’d more commonly find in France. We’re glad we brought it into the shop! The slightly richer yellow color gives way to lush stone fruit and green herbs on the nose and the palette. There’s a jolt of tart lemon acidity but this quickly evolves into honeyed lemon balm, creamy pineapple and apricot notes and features a dry minerality. There is an elegant balance and softness to all of the elements that makes it a recent favorite. It might be $33 but it’s really worth it for enjoying that New World experimentation.
Join us next week for one of our most eclectic tastings yet: a super fun 2017 Spanish rosé, a Riesling from California, and something special (and affordable) from 2012. Cheers!