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Joelle Kurrus
 
May 29, 2014 | Joelle Kurrus

Grenache Rose

Ahhh, summertime has arrived in Dry Creek Valley, the bees are buzzing, the grapes are ripening and if you ask me what’s in my glass, I’d give you a smile that says,  the very best of summer drinking, Rosé.  Amphora has just released its box program for this year.  Last year’s offering of Viognier was such a big hit that we bottled well, ahem, boxed up another selection.  The Grenache Rosé sure to become your favorite summer sipper.   This perfect charmer sits in the frig with its little pour spout just ready to serve, and with a handy volume, equivalent to 4, yes, that’s right, 4 bottles, it takes up less space than your jug of milk.

It’s a shame that Rosé is often considered the Rodney Dangerfield of wines,” no respect, no respect at all.”  Julian Street in his book Table Topics (1959) wrote: "He sniffed, tasted, considered; then, with a slow nod of agreement, said: 'Nothing there—like kissing your aunt.'" 

Truth be told Rosé doesn’t, and really, shouldn’t stand up and bark its name at you.  Its subtle, nuanced, delicate flavors harken back to childhood memories of watermelon juice dripping down your chin, fresh cut grass, and pavement after a summer rain. 

Provence can claim the historic first for Rosé production and is also the oldest wine region in France. This region sits along the Mediterranean coast of France, bordered by the Rhone River to the west and the Côte d’Azur on the east. Physically, it’s only about 150 miles long and 100 miles north to south but its impact is profound. Wine has been made here for over 2600 years. It is the only place to focus on Rosé crafted from Cinsualt, Mourvedre, Grenache and Sarah grapes.   

Spanish rosé (rosado) is made almost exclusively from the Grenache grape. Grenache is an intensely fruity grape variety, and rosé benefits from all that fruitiness, getting the most out of its limited time on the skin.  Spain has far more Grenache vineyards than anywhere else, making Spanish rosés deliciously inexpensive.

Amphora has again sourced its Grenache from Clarksburg AVA and we also produce the wine as 100% varietal along side its thrilling little sister.  Our dry rosé of Grenache greets you with summery aromas of strawberry and tart cherry, and follows with quenching red fruit flavors heightened by a spritely mouth-feel and clean finish.  This unfined, unfiltered and unbottled’ summertime treat is only available in out tasting room, only in a 3 Liter box (= four bottles), and only for a limited time!

Retail $78s Little Dipper $66.30s Big Dipper $62.40s Case a Quarter $58.50

 

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