Now the rains have subsided and clearer skies are up ahead, we can finally talk about the 2015 Rosé that is starting to arrive at the Markets. The combination of hot weather and the ongoing drought last year has finally reached our California vineyards. Last year’s yields were really low, thus, winemakers didn’t have a lot of grapes to work with. The majority of the yields went to making red wine production and what little they had left went to making Rosé. The smaller crop results in a limited quantity of Rosé from some of our favorite producers like Arnot-Roberts, A Tribute to Grace, and Unti.
The good news, however, is that we have the opportunity to offer new producers that we love when some of our old favorites sell out, so keep an eye throughout the spring and summer for exciting new Rosé producers from Oregon, France, Italy, and Spain. Also, despite the small crop, the quality of the grapes was excellent and the Rosé we’ve tasted have all been stellar! Our motto this year? Savor (and stock up on) your favorites, and make room in your cellar for someone new. Here are a few we’re currently sipping:
Tatomer Rosé Edna Valley, CA 2015 | $29.99
Graham Tatomer is known for making amazing Gruner Veltliner and Riesling down in Santa Barbara, but has recently gotten hold of some amazing Pinot Noir grapes and produced stunning red from it. However, his Pinot Noir Rosé should not be overlooked. Picked for Rosé and pressed off the skins, the Tatomer Rosé is fresh and lively with floral aromas and watermelon fruit notes. Completely dry, this is one Rosé I can drink all day. Get this soon as we have a limited supply of it.
Upwell California Rosé Lodi, CA 2015 | $16.99
Upwell is a side project of Sam Sheehan, the winemaker for Poe Wines, one of our favorite wineries. While she does make a Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier blend under her own label, Upwell is an exclusive Rosé she made exclusively for us in California. Made from old vine Grenache, this lovely wine has aromas of flowers and spices with a dry, mineral finish.
Arnot-Roberts Rosé Clear Lake, CA 2015 | $27.99
We got a tiny, tiny amount of this sought-after Rosé from Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. While we would love to pop this wine open right now and drink it, Arnot-Roberts Rosé actually shows best a year later. Made from Touriga Nacional, the principal grape of Port, this wine displays aromas of melon and blood orange with brisk acidity and freshness.