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Chateau du Rouet Provence Rosé


Provence Rosé

Chateau du Rouet Provence Rosé

Fellow wine lovers, upon the hillsides of the Esterel Mountains in the South of France, Chateau du Rouet grows grapes for an all time classic Provence rosé. Founded in 1888, for six generations Chateau du Rouet has been here, near an ancient roman city at the edges of a red-rocked volcano.

Chateau du Rouet 2016 Provence Rosé $14.99

On a beautiful warm day, the rosés of Provence are the perhaps the standard for all sun-chasers and backyard grillers, and Chateau Rouet is a favorite among them. Their rosé is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 20% Cinsault. It displays a delicate salmon color in the glass, with a nose of cherry blossoms, rose petals, and crunchy rocks. The palate is beautifully crisp, with medium body, and offers notes of lemon zest, strawberries, and raspberries. The Route rosé comes in an elegant hourglass shaped bottle- a signature of the Provence region.

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Chateau du Rouet Rosé

Chateau du Rouet Rosé

 Region: Provence, South of France

Grape(s): 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 20% Cinsault

Drinkability: Now through the end of the year

Body: Medium

Drink This if you Like: Miraval, Provence Rosé

Food Pairing: Copper River Salmon, Grilled Veggies



And Why Am I Mr Pink Mr Pink Rosé

Mr Pink Impulse

And Why Am I Mr Pink Mr Pink Rosé by Underground Wine Project

Fellow wine lovers, it’s back! Last year’s most popular debuting Rosé is back for its second vintage, and they tell me it will sell out just as quickly as it did the last time. It’s the “And Why am I Mr. Pink” Rosé, by Underground Wine Project – A Collaboration between Mark Ryan Winery and Sleight of Hand Cellars, so you know it comes from good stock. I know it’s a bit tricky, because you might be looking outside and thinking it’s not yet time for Rosé, but Rosé releases are coming earlier each year to allow early birds to jump on them. Last year, a lot of people were asking for this wine into the height of summer, and it was long gone by that time, so I recommend stocking up on your year’s supply now while it’s still available.

And Why am I Mr. Pink 2016 Rosé of Sangiovese $11.99

It’s very much so on par with the previous vintage. Bright and fruity, with just a hint of sweetness. The nose has the essence of orange blossoms and nectarines, while the palate shows flavors of watermelon, grapefruit, and strawberry yogurt. It’s bright and refreshing, making your mouth water just a bit. Spring is just around the corner, and we’ll all be very happy to have this one stashed away when the seasons change.

Underground Wine Project 2016 "And Why am I Mr Pink" Rosé

Underground Wine Project 2016 “And Why am I Mr Pink” Rosé

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Region: Columbia Valley

Grape(s): 100% Sangiovese

Aging: 4 Months in Stainless Steel

Drinkability: Now through 2017

Body: Medium-Full for a Rosé

Alcohol: 12.5% by volume

Drink This if you Like: Julia’s Dazzle

Food Pairing: Oysters, Prawns, Salmon



Underground Wine Project 2015 “Mr Pink” Rosé

Pink Impulse:

Underground Wine Project 2015 “And Why am I Mr Pink” Rosé

Fellow wine lovers, Rosés have quickly become one of most popular types of wine, so much so that many people are drinking them year-round, rather than only during the sunny months. Still, if you prefer to sip Rosé only under the sun, it seems the sun is coming out sooner and sooner every year, and the same is true of wineries releasing new Rosés. In fact, one of our favorite wineries, Underground Wine Project (who brought us the Idle Hands and the Devil’s Playground) is now releasing a brand new Rosé called “And Why am I Mr Pink”.

Underground Wine Project 2015 “And Why am I Mr Pink” Rosé $11.99

To recap, Underground Wine Project is a collaborative winery, launched about 2 years ago by Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery, and Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars. In line with their previous wines with cheeky nomenclature, they’ve named their Rosé “And Why Am I Mr Pink,” which is a quote by Steve Buscemi’s character in the Quentin Tarantino film, Reservoir Dogs.

The And Why am I Mr Pink Rosé is 100% Sangiovese, with stylings and flavors which are not unlike the Julia’s Dazzle which we have featured in previous years. It shows hints of strawberry, juicy peaches and cream, and lovely flavors of marzipan and lemon zest bolstering the mid-palate. There is just enough acidity without being tart, and it finishes dry while being rich and slightly sweet in the middle, which helps it pair nicely with briny oysters or spicy Asian cuisine – I had it with homemade Singapore Noodles, and it was great!

Underground Wine Project 2015 "And Why am I Mr Pink" Rosé

Underground Wine Project 2015 “And Why am I Mr Pink” Rosé

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Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State Wine
Vineyard(s): Jones, Talcott, and Pheasant Vineyards
Grape(s): 100% Sangiovese
Drinkability: Now through the end of 2016
Body: Medium-Full, for a Rosé
Alcohol: 12.7% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Julia’s Dazzle by Longshadows
Food Pairings: Asian Cuisine, Curry, Singapore Noodles



Analemma Sparkling Blanc de Noir and Rosé

Columbia Gorge Impulse

Analemma 2010 Sparkling Blanc de Noir and 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir

Fellow wine lovers, March is officially “Taste Washington Wine Month,” culminating with the biggest Washington Wine event of the year, Taste Washington, on the 28th and 29th. This year, I’m especially excited for the event, as I am joining the ranks of wine experts, from around the nation, as a panelist for one of the morning seminars. I’ll be on the panel, that Saturday morning, in the seminar spotlighting the Columbia Gorge AVA, along with Matt Stamp MS and three winemakers from the region. If you’re interested in attending and learning more about why the Columbia Gorge might just be the next big thing in Washington Wine, you can get your tickets from the Taste Washington website by clicking here.

Since I’ll be focused on the Columbia Gorge for this seminar, I thought it would be appropriate to offer a wine from the region- something that really demonstrates the breathtaking qualities of Columbia Gorge wines. I can hardly think of anything more appropriate than the wines of Analemma, made by Steven Thompson, who will also be on the panel, as we’ll be tasting and discussing one of his wines then.

Since we’re practically seeing Spring weather on a near regularly basis now, I’ve picked Analemma’s Sparkling wine and their Rosé, both of which are made fully using Pinot Noir grapes from Atavus Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge at the foothills of Mount Adams; which was planted in the 1960’s, making it one of the oldest in the state. This vineyard has always been dry farmed, meaning no irrigation is used, and today it’s also farmed organically.

Analemma 2010 Blanc de Noir Sparkling Wine $49.99 (Regularly $56)

Analemma’s bubbly has garnered a lot of attention, with some calling it the best Washington sparkling wine to date, and one of the best on the west coast. This sparkling wine is made in the traditional French Champagne style, and it’s what the French call a Blanc de Noir, which translates to “White from Black”. This means it’s a white wine made from black/red grapes, traditionally Pinot Noir. The wine spends an astounding 42 months on the lees, well beyond anything else I’m aware of in Washington State. This extended aging regimen has helped to jam pack the bubbly full of complexity and nuance. Visually, the wine does show just a slight hint of coppery pink color, extracted from the Pinot Noir Grapes. The nose has just a hint of strawberries, cherry blossoms, and citrus peel. The palate immediately fills your mouth with bubbles and has a smooth creamy texture. There are hints of almond flavors, along with toasty warm notes freshly baked biscuits. The wine has a rich and supple finish, with lots of exuberant acidity, as is the hallmark of many Columbia Gorge Wines.

The Analemma Sparkling Blanc de Noir was chosen by Jon Bonné of the San Francisco Gate as most standout Sparkling wine in his list of Top 100 Wines. Additionally, it was reviewed for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, where it was said to have completely ”floored” the reviewer with its “profoundly complex” nature.

Just 250 cases were made of the Analemma 2010 Atavus Sparkling Blanc de Noir, and today we just 2 cases to offer on Impulse, first come first serve.

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Region: Columbia Gorge AVA, Washington State
Vineyard: Atavus Vineyard
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 6 months in Neutral French Oak, 42 Months en tirage, disgorged October 2014
Drinkability: Now through 2020
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 12.7% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Champagne, high acid wines
Press: Top Sparkling Wine in SF Gate’s Top 100 Wines
Food Pairings: A good sparkling wine goes with almost any food
Production: 250 cases
Availability: 2 cases

Analemma 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir $22.99 (Regularly $25)

It’s never too early in the year for Rosé, and with the series of sunny days we’ve been having, I think it’s high time we share one. The Analemma Rosé of Pinot Noir is made using the same Pinot Noir grapes as the sparkling wine above. Once harvested, the fruit undergoes a long and very gentle whole cluster pressing, which extract just a enough color to make it a Rosé. It has a beautiful yet understated pink hue, and a lovely nose of crushed rose petals and tangerine zest. The palate is rich, creamy, and a little nutty, with lots of crisp acidity and bright citrus flavors. It’s aged for just 6 months in all neutral French oak, to give it extra roundness of texture and hints of brioche flavors from being aged on the lees.

Much like the bubbly above, this Rosé was chosen by Jon Bonné for the San Francisco Gate’s Top 100 wines list- it was among only 4 other Rosés from the west coast which made the list. Additionally Jon Bonné chose it in his list of 10 Key Wines, in a separate article. He described it as being, “As soulful as Rose gets”, with a “feather touch”.

Only 220 cases were made of the Analemma Rosé , and we have just 2 cases to offer today on Impulse, first come serve serve.

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Region: Columbia Gorge AVA, Washington State
Vineyard: Atavus Vineyard
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 6 Months in 100% Neutral French Oak
Drinkability: Now through 2016
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 12.5% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Lighter Style Rosé
Press: SF Gate Top 100 Wines
Food Pairings: Salmon, and a Sunny Day
Production: 220 cases
Availability: 2 cases



Dazzling Impulse: Longshadows “Julia’s Dazzle” Rosé

Fellow wine lovers, there’s a little known secret about the Pinot Grigio grape (also known as Pinot Gris)… it’s actually red! Even though the vast majority of wines we see from this grape are white, the popularity of Rosé (pink wine) made from it is quickly on the rise. In Washington, Longshadows Vintners is leading the charge on this concept, and the result is a very unique Rosé which gets everyone so excited in the early spring, that it tends to sell out before summer even has a chance to make an appearance.

Longshadows 2013 “Julia’s Dazzle” Rosé $14.99

The secret to the hint of red is in the skins of the Pinot Grigio, as is the case with most red grapes. The juice within virtually all red grapes is clear, while it’s the skins which hold all the color. When the grapes are crushed, the juice and the skins are allowed contact with one another, and the color is then imparted onto the juice. The longer the skin contact, the more colorful the wine, much like when steeping tea.

This special plot of Pinot Grigio comes from Longshadows’ own estate vineyard called “The Benches”, formerly known as the Wallula Vineyard. A best kept secret of theirs, this site provides the main ingredient for Longshadows’ astonishing line-up of highly desirable wines such as the “Feather” Cabernet and the “Pedestal” Merlot. It’s also the site from which their “Dance” Chardonnay is plucked, which I featured on Impulse last November.

Placed in a very pretty traditional Provençal style bottle, a hint at winemaker Gilles Nicault’s time spent making wine in the Provence region of France. Great thing is, when you’re done enjoying the wine, the bottle makes a lovely flower vase or fodder for your next art project!

Julia's Dazzle RoseProperly apropo as we’re increasingly seeing the sun now, the Julia’s Dazzle is quickly becoming a secret seasonal favorite of Washington wine lovers everywhere. It’s light and crisp, with hints of strawberries, watermelon, citrus, and flowers. Easy drinking, it has just a hint of sweetness, providing appeal for those who don’t want a bone dry Rosé, while still being very enjoyable for lovers of a drier style. The Julia’s Dazzle tends to sell out long before we’re in full-on sunny weather, so it’s best to stock up with plans of supplying yourself through the summer and fall.

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Region: Horse Heaven Hills
Vineyard: The Benches a.k.a. Wallula Vineyard
Grape: 98% Pinot Grigio and 2% Sangiovese
Drinkability: Now through the end of the year
Body: light
Food Pairings: Fruit salad, salmon lox, shellfish


The “Grape Killers”, a group of hot shot winemakers in Woodinville who are taking chances, breaking all the rules, and producing amazing wines.

They call themselves the Grape Killers because of the way they mercilessly stomp grapes out and turn them into wine. They even have their own logo, which looks like a cross between ink you’d find on the arm of a biker gang member and a temporary tattoo you got from Chuck E. Cheese’s. You can see for yourself here. There’s even a rumor that their rampant disregard for grape safety has landed them as the feature of an up and coming reality TV show. My suggestion for the name was “What’s Killing Gilbert Grape”; tune in for more on that in the future.

Darby 2011 Live Wire Rosé 

One of these depraved vinifera slayers is Darby English, owner and winemaker of DarbyWinery. In 2001, he started making wine for himself in his basement, only to be disappointed by the results. Concluding that it was the fault of sub par grapes (this must be why he joined up with the Grape Killers), he set out to find the best fruit the state has to offer. His determination paid off, and Darby Winery went commercial in 2005 after several successful vintages. Today he’s able to draw grapes from outstanding sites such as Conner Lee, Stillwater Creek, and Stone Tree Vineyards.

Darby likes to say that his wines have both “power and finesse”, and the Live Wire Rosé holds true to that claim. It strikes a great balance between its components of lively fruitiness and crisp acidity. It’s dry, fairly light bodied, and very easy drinking. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, it has notes of strawberry greek yogurt with freshly grated lemon zest. At second sip, I feel like I’m chomping down on a big slice of juicy watermelon. Darby ferments and ages the Live Wire Rosé in 100% neutral French oak barrels, so you don’t get any heavy oakiness, just a silky, creamy, texture and a hint of toasty aroma. I highly recommend this Rosé for enjoying on the patio in the sun, or pairing with fruit salads and BBQ prawns. Darby makes 190 cases of it.

Maison Bleue 2012 Rosé & 2011 Chardonnay

Hi everyone, and thanks for reading the fourth installment of the Impulse newsletter.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Jon Meuret is on the forefront of the Washington wine industry. He’s part of a growing contingent of vigneron who make wines with lower alcohol, higher acid, and subdued oak. In this group of mutineers going against the grain, he’s pushing the envelope even farther than the rest and crafting some of the most earthy and food friendly wines in the state.

Jon Meuret was kind enough to donate his wines, and his time, to the Fred Hutch Premier Chefs Dinner where we paired them with an outstanding smoked escolar dish by Chef Rachel Yang of Joule Restaurant. It was a hit…

Maison Bleue 2012 “La Famille” Rosé of Mourvèdre

I was chatting rosé with a buddy and he said “makes me think of salad with smoked salmon, or better yet lox,” (so I’m stealing that, let’s pretend I came up with it). Normally Mourvèdre can make a heavier, fruitier rosé, but Jon grew this batch of grapes expressly for a dry pink wine, not a red. In fact, it’s one of the lightest color rosé around. With flavors of membrillo, blood orange, soft berries, and the right amount of acid, “La Famille” is perfect with a meal. At the Willows Inn on Lummi Island, I loved pairing it with our seared salmon dish. The hint of strawberries contrasting the spicy mustard greens and the acidity balancing out the rich oiliness of the fish was a crowd pleaser. You can see a photo of Chef Blaine Wetzel’s beautiful dish here (I’m borrowing it from ChuckEats.com). The only problem I had pairing it with food was that it sells out so quickly, since he only makes 365 cases.

Not to let salmon hog all the attention (we all know how Copper River will do that), halibut is also in season and the “Au Contraire” Chardonnay is a great accompaniment for the flat-bodied fish.

Maison Bleue 2011 “Au Contraire” French Creek Vineyard Chardonnay

This is a Washington Chardonnay that a Meursault fan would enjoy; I’m not saying it’s a replacement for Burgundy, still you can get your fix in a pinch. It’s already sold out, and Jon’s been nice enough to hook me up, though I’m only allowed 12 bottles. It’s not an oak centric wine, so it has the freshness of bartletts pairs and citrus floating out of the glass. Coming up on two years old, it’s developing some hazelnut aromas, with a little eggnog and nutmeg.

Wine Enthusiast gives it 92 points