Alex wrote this great blog last week when it was cold and snowy. Thankfully we’re in for a stretch of nice weather for the next week. Do you have any rosé in your fridge yet??
As I walked to the store last Monday morning, it was an unusually snowy day in April. The forecast called for an Arctic Blast, and probably record rain fall at some point. Only last week it was close to 70 degrees. I was reveling in the first flowers of spring, and the dogwoods were just starting to open up. Now, I wonder if they are all going to make it through the snow. Did the weather get Benjamin Button disease, is May going to be the new February? The one thing you can guarantee in New England is that we will get the bitter with the sweet, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
So what can you depend on this spring? The Urban Grape! Our Rosé section is pushing out the heavy winter reds and forcing the store to bloom every shade of pink.
Last January, while most of you were still sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions, I was thinking pink. It’s in January that we start getting the pre-sale lists, looking at last years numbers, what worked, what didn’t work and what was looking new and exciting for this year. It is a lot of guesswork, we don’t even get to try the new vintage until the wines start arriving in March and April.
By the end of the week, we will have over 50 roses, from more than 10 nations, made from Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Grenache, Cinsault, Zweigelt, Syrah, Counoise, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Hondarribi Zuri, Carignan and Cabernet Franc, among others.
The 2015 Terrasses de Badasset “Sentier” Rose is our first true porch pounding crushable rose of the year. It is literally the first 2015 rose I tried this past March, and I gotta say it truly is “Bad Ass.” You wont need tropical weather, with this rose you get tropical fruit, forget the cold weather outside, turn up the heat and enjoy the refreshing acidity that comes from this blend of organically farmed Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Cunoise.
Another of our early arrivals is a classic rose from Sancerre, the Gerard Boulay Rose of Pinot Noir is the perfect food wine and is ready for your table now. The Boulay family of the hamlet of Chavignol in the Sancerre Appellation, have roots that go back to 1380. Gerard Boulay, grows the pinot noir specifically for rose, using grapes from the same 40 year old vines from which he also makes his red wine. He believes in minimal intervention, local wild yeasts and organic growing methods. What he creates is a beautiful rose with a pale red fruit hue. It is lightly fruity, with some candied strawberry and mouth-watering minerality. The acidity is juicy and the finish is long and pleasing. This Sancerre rose is truly a stand alone, and while delicious fresh, it can easily be cellared for a year or two. There are only 200 cases made, and we are getting ten, so don’t wait for the warm weather to come before you buy it, or you might miss out!
Sophie can put together a rosé order for you to pick up at the store, or for Marlin to deliver. Click the button below to get started!