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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



Robert Ramsay: Cinsault Impulse

Robert Ramsay Cellars 2012 Cinsault

Fellow wine lovers, welcome back. I’m excited to be sending you our first Impulse Wine offering of the new year. Last year was an outstanding one, with lots of amazing wines shared. Many of the wines we featured here on Impulse in 2014 went on to be recognized by national wine writers, win big awards, and gain high scores. The plan to 2015… to keep on offering some of the best boutique and most up-and-coming wines we can find!

The wines of Robert Ramsay Cellars were among the first ten features we did, in year one of Impulse back in 2013, and they have been among our favorites ever since.

Robert Ramsay Cellars 2012 Cinsault $27.99 (Regularly $32)

Today we have something completely off the beaten path, a lesser known Rhone grape called Cinsault, which is often used in the red blends of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It’s a grape which Robert Ramsay Cellars has typically used in their “Par la Mer” red blend- a wine we featured previously- and now they’ve bottled it solo for the first time. This is one of the only single varietal Cinsault I’ve ever tried, and I’m very pleased to have had the opportunity. The grape tends to like plenty of warmth, in order to ripen properly, so it’s no surprise to see it bottled on its own from the idyllic 2012 vintage.

The profile of Cinsault is, perhaps, somewhere between its sibling grapes Grenache and Mourvedre. It has a nice kick of earth and spice, with lots of wild berry character. Exhibiting notes of strawberry fruit leather and juicy raspberries, backed up by notes of black and white peppercorn, the wine opens up really nicely over the course of a few hours. It’s smooth, and medium bodied, with virtually no tannins, and dense with layers of flavor as one might expect from the blockbuster 2012 vintage. The fruit is harvested from the McKinley Springs Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills of Eastern Washington, which is quickly becoming well known for growing Rhone varieties.

Robert Ramsay 12 Cinsault

Robert Ramsay 12 Cinsault

Only 203 cases were made, and we have just 5 cases available to offer on Impulse.

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Region: Horse Heaven Hills, Washington State
Vineyard: McKinley Springs
Grape: 94% Cinsault and 6% Syrah
Aging: 18 months in 20% new French Puncheons (larger 500L barrel)
Drinkability Now through 2018
Body: Medium
Drink if You Like: Rhone Wines, Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache
Food Pairings: Lamb Satay, Grilled Pork
Production: 203 cases
Availability: 5 cases



Brangelina Impulse

Chateau Miraval Provence Rosé by Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie)


Fellow wine lovers, as wine becomes ever more popular, we’re seeing an influx of celebrities who are lending their famous names towards launching their own brand of wine, often resulting in something overpriced and mass-produced. So when I heard that Hollywood power-couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, known in the entertainment world simply as “Brangelina”, were to debut a label of their own, I approached it with a healthy sense of skepticism. In fact, I dismissed the notion entirely. It wasn’t until I chanced to try the wine for myself, that I was unexpectedly surprised… the wine is good, REALLY good! 

As the L.A. Times put it, “it’s not another crappy celebrity wine” – only problem, once I started to show interest in the wine, everyone told me it would be impossible to get a hold of it, that it was sold out long before it even hit the market, so I never even tried. I figured it was all snatched up by A-list Hollywood types. It wasn’t until a good friend expressed interest that I thought I might try my hand at securing a few bottles, and told him that if could somehow get it, I’d make it the next feature on Impulse

Miraval 2013 Côtes de Provence Rosé $24.99 (Normally $28) 

Chateau MIraval has a storied history, serving as the recording studio for Pink Floyd’s 1979 album “The Wall” and hosting other musicians such as Sting, The Cranberries, and Sade throughout the years. In 2008 Brad and Angelina acquired the estate as their summer home in the South of France, with an eye towards using the property to eventually launch their own wine label. 

Brangelina has teamed up with one of the most recognizable names in Southern French wine, Marc Perrin and the Perrin Family of Châteauneuf-du-Pape fame, makers of the world renowned Beaucastel as well as Tablas Creek Vineyard in California. Together, they’re planting vineyards, experimenting with different grape varieties, and turning out world class wines. 

Last year the Miraval Rosé earned a place of honor among Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of 2013. This year Decanter Magazine rates it 91 points and calls it “mouthwatering.” 

A beautiful shade of light pink in color, the nose is fresh with vibrant orange blossoms and strawberries. The palate is richer and fuller than most other rosés I’ve had recently, with notes of tangerine zest, freshly muddled strawberries, flower petals, and a mineral salinity that comes from Mediterranean climates like the South of France. The Miraval is the most complex Rosé I’ve tasted all year, with a comparably long finish that’s dry and creamy. 

It comes in a very stylish bottle, based on the traditional Provencal style, and we may also have a few magnums (1.5L) available, if you’re interested in those, please email me. 

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Region: Côtes de Provence AOC, France Miraval Provence Rosé by Brangelina
Vineyard: Estate Vineyards 
Grapes: Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle 
Aging: 95% stainless steel and in 5% oak barrels with batonnage. 
Drinkability: Now-2017 
Body: Medium 
Alcohol: 13% by volume 
Drink This if you LIke: 
Press: 91 Points from Decanter Magazine 
Food Pairings: Sushi, Nigiri, Sashimi, Salmon Carpaccio