Hampton Water Wine Co. Diving Into Hampton Water Rose 2017
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Señorio-de-Iniesta Bobal Rosado 2016The Bodega Cooperativa Union Campesina Iniestense was founded in 1944. The members collectively own 7,000 hectares of vineyards, and combine forces and resources to produce authentic Spanish wines. Tradition and deep-rooted culture influenced by the Romans and the Arabs have given them an inheritance of thousands of years of viticultural experience. This history along with the gift of nature and modern technology have enabled them to offer outstanding valued wines in this part of Spain. The vineyards are located around the town of Iniesta, in the province of Cuenca near the border of Valencia in southeast Spain. The average altitude of the vineyards are approximately 700 feet above sea level. The vineyards are planted to 50% Bobal (from which Senorio de Iniesta Rose is made), 25% Tempranillo, 5% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Viura. We were completely charmed by this dry Rosado made of 100% Bobal, an indigenous grape of Spain. Last year we first discovered this fragrant red grape when we tasted the smooth and tasty 'Pasión Bobal' red from Valencia which now sits proudly on our organic rack. And now we have found this dry Rosé made of the same grape and from the same area. It is made by lightly crushing the grapes after de-stemming followed by maceration for a period of 10 hours before de-vatting to obtain the free run juice, and then fermented in stainless steel tanks. We were quite impressed by its dry, clean, round, floral, vivid red fruit-driven style combined with its excellent value. Serve with everything from Spanish tapas to fresh seafood, grilled meats and BBQ, cheeses and more. When it first arrived, we served it with a steak and it was a delicious match!
Wolffer Summer in a Bottle Rosé 2017Wölffer Estate is a sustainable vineyard in Long Island producing amazing dry rosé among other whites and reds. Summer in a Bottle Rosé has a ripe, charming fruit and flower character giving you a perfume and taste of the Hamptons in high season. “We wait as long as possible to harvest the fruit. Choosing the perfect moment to pick is crucial to make this highly anticipated wine, bursting with the aromas and flavors of the seasonal fruits that reach their peak ripeness at the height of summer,” said Wölffer Winemaker Roman Roth
Chateau Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016Miraval is one of the hottest dry Rosé wines on the market and is made by the talented, quality-driven Marc Perrin. The Perrin family owns the illustrious Beaucastel estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is considered one of the greatest wine estates in the world. Perrin converted the ancient Miraval vineyard to organic farming when he was hired by the Pitt-Jolie family. The estate is located in the Correns village of the Côtes de Provence region and Perrin blends classic, local grapes including Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle to make this tasty, juicy, dry and stylish offering. We first tasted Miraval dry Rosé in the south of France and then once it arrived stateside three summers ago, we were anxious to bring it in. We positively loved it with tuna, salmon and yellowtail sushi all summer long. Serve with all types of Asian fare, salmon, shrimp, grilled meats and vegetables, fine cheeses, olives and more…the 2012 was a Top 100 Wine of the Year in 2013.
Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon Rose 2016The Jean-Maurice Raffault estate is located in Chinon, in the central Loire Valley, near Tours, and is the northernmost French red wine appellation. The family has been vignerons in Chinon since 1693 and the estate now comprises 40 hectares spread over 6 communes. In 1997, Rodolphe Raffault joined his father Jean-Maurice at the family domaine which had by then grown to 40 hectares. He has been in charge of the vineyards and winemaking since the 2000 vintage. We met him a few years ago, and loved his natural and organic winegrowing and winemaking methods as well as his pride in running the family domaine. He is particularly motivated to continue his late father's innovation of single-site bottling in Chinon, for example with his revival of the historic Clos des Capucins vineyard. Made of 100% Cabernet Franc by the saignée method, this is one of our favorite dry Rose wines. It is so fine and classy, dry and pure with red currant, strawberry, mineral and succulent herb complexities. Bright and lively with a long, succulent finish, it is a versatile wine that drinks well on its own, or with charcuterie, goat cheese, fish, and fowl dishes. We adored this at home with grilled salmon over leafy greens, cucumbers and tomatoes.
Domaines Ott Château de Selle Rosé 2016This is the most famous producer of Dry Rosé in the world, located in southern France in Provence. Full of finesse and richness, with focused berry, orange peel and spice complexities, Domaine Ott is the quintessential example of Dry Rosé from Provence. Marcel Ott, an agricultural engineer with a pioneer spirit, set out to create a wine estate in 1896 and this is considered by many to be the best Dry Rosé in the world. Made from handpicked Cabernet, Grenache and Cinsault grapes, the wine is ultimately aged in oak for 8 months giving it more body and dry extract. Chateau de Selle was acquired in 1912. It is situated on the plateaux of the Var, not far from Le Luc, in the heart of Côtes de Provence country encompassing 110 hectares, including 48 devoted to wine production. The Château was the former dwelling of the Counts of Provence and is a superb 18th-c. country house. The surrounding estate was entirely carved into the rocky land by Marcel Ott, his children and grandchildren.
Domaines Ott By.Ott CÃ´tes de Provence RosÃ© 2017This is the most famous producer of Dry Rosé in the world and located in southern France in Provence. Domaine Ott is the quintessential example of Dry Rosé from Provence. Marcel Ott, an agricultural engineer with a pioneer spirit, set out to create a wine estate in 1896 and this is considered by many to be the best Dry Rosé in the world. Made from handpicked Cabernet, Grenache and Cinsault grapes, the wine is ultimately aged in oak for 8 months giving it more body and dry extract. Chateau de Selle was acquired in 1912. It is situated on the plateaux of the Var, not far from Le Luc, in the heart of Côtes de Provence country encompassing 110 hectares, including 48 devoted to wine production. The Château was the former dwelling of the Counts of Provence and is a superb 18th-c. country house. The surrounding estate was entirely carved into the rocky land by Marcel Ott, his children and grandchildren. By.Ott is a new wine from Domaines Ott made in the Chateau de Selle cellar. The grapes are hand picked, followed by strict and selective sorting followed by an extremely delicate pressing of whole bunches with a super short maceration to produce the beautiful light color. Slow fermentation then takes place in thermo-regulated vats. A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this wine is a lovely way to sample the great Ott* tradition in an accessible, friendly and elegant wine. Pale and pretty in crystal clear pink with orange undertones the nose is delicate and fruity with notes of white peach and apricot mixed with passion fruit and mango. The taste is full, fresh and crisp with echoes of the fruity aroma amplified by citrus zest and sweet spices like cinnamon and cardamom.
Domaine de la Rosiere Rosé de Savoie 2017The Domaine de la Rosière Rosé is made from 100% Gamay fruit dedicated for Rosé production of about 1000 cases. The vines grow on south-west facing, limestone-clay slopes. The grapes are hand-picked 10 days before the harvest for the estate’s Gamay red wine and then quickly and lightly pressed. The juice is cleared of its gross lees and fermentation begins at controlled, low temperature for 30 days. The fully dry young wine is aged on its fine lees for 2 months and bottled in late December. Striking freshness, purity and lift with a pale, strawberry color and white stone, flowers and wild red-berry fruit. Dating back to the late 19th century, Domaine de la Rosière is located in the village of Jongieux, in Massif de la Charvaz mountains at the beginning of the French Alps. It is situated about 40 miles southwest of Geneva, in between the Rhône River (near its start) and Lake Bourget, France’s largest lake. The estate was expanded to its present size in the 1970s and 80s. Eric Carrel and his father François, now retired, cultivate 13.5 hectares of vines in the Jongieux and Marestel appellations. 100% of the production is estate-bottled. Farming practices: sustainable. All of the vineyards have grass planted between the rows to reduce yields and create a healthy natural ambiance, and only organic fertilizer is used.
Scala Cirò Rosato 2017New favorite Rosé alert! This Italian Rosato is made of 100% Gaglioppo from estate vineyards located in Cirò (Crotone district) of Calabria, with a south/south-east exposure – sand and clay soil. It had such an abundant amount of ripe red berries, flowers, salinity, herbs and happy personality.. we just loved it! The vines were planted in 1987 and 1997 and are trained in espalier. The grapes are hand-picked during the first half of October. After removing the stalks, the grapes ferment for about 24 hours, then about 60% of the must is drawn off and fermentation continues for the rest in temperature-controlled containers set between 14° and 16° C. At the end of the alcoholic fermentation, the wine is racked and left in stainless steel tanks for at least 3 months. After bottling, the wine rests another month before release. Copper color, elegant and bright with fresh fruit and red flower notes. In the Scala family since 1949, the domaine is now run by Luigi Scala, who leads the production of Cirò wines following family traditions. From the growing of the grapes to the refinement and aging of the wines, he favors quality over quantity and aims to produce a distinguished Calabrian wine. The winery is truly a family business as Francisco Scala oversees the business side of the winery. Calabria is the region which looks like the 'toe' of the boot. East and north of Sicily, and surrounding by sea almost completely, which influences its climate as well as its mountainous terrain. Interestingly, Calabria has one of the oldest records of human presence in Italy, which date back to around 700,000 BC. Scala's vineyard is comprised of 18 hectares for an overall production of 100,000 bottles. Most of the grapes are native varieties such as Greco, Gaglioppo, Magliocco, Nerello and Mantonico. They are cultivated in espalier on the hinterland plains and hills, on argillaceous and sandy soil. For farming, Scala exclusively uses organic products, such as lupins to fertilize the vineyards; it provides the soil with nitrogen and helps eliminate weeds. Luigi's grandfather used indigenous yeasts, but the current winemaker chooses to inoculate. They are now certified organic, starting with the 2016 vintage.