Spring has sprung you guys. Well, at least for this part of the country (sorry NYC). The pink stuff has also arrived and is quickly filling our shelves, which is reason to celebrate in and of itself. Therefore, our staff pick for April is a delightful Oregon Pinot Noir rosé. So fresh and so clean.
What: 2013 Teutonic Rosé
Why: “Because I’m ready for spring, and (thank God) rosé season is here again!! This rosé has the minerality and acidity of an old world wine, but it’s from Oregon. Super lean and fresh, just delicious.”
When: “I’d like to take it home tonight – I’m making a veggie pasta: peas, asparagus, gnocchi, butter & parmesan.”
April is a winemaker focused month, featuring two people whose wine we love to support and drink. Often.
The Naturalist: Eric Texier
Eric Texier makes some of our favorite Rhone wines. Perhaps we could even say that he makes some of our favorite French wines. A former nuclear engineer, he began a life in wine in 1993 and vinified his first wines in 1995. He lives and cellars his wine in Charnay-en-Beaujolais, just north of Lyon, but sources fruit from various vineyards in northern and southern Rhone (and even southern Burgundy). He believes wine is made in the vineyard, therefore he takes special care in acquiring interesting plots from fellow vignerons that work very naturally; combining some elements of Biodynamics with principles like that of Fukuoka. Almost all of the vines he works with are either old vines and/or massale selections, as little clones as possible. In the cellar, the wines ferment spontaneously without the use of added yeasts and minimal SO2 is used. We’ve selected two of his wines from the tiny Brézème AOC in northern Rhone for you to try. Both are wines of character, exhibiting a strong sense of place and balance. And are just plain delicious.
2012 Eric Texier Cotes du Rhone Brézème Roussanne
2012 Eric Texier Cotes du Rhone Brézème Rouge (Syrah)
The Gastronomist: Angela Osborne
Originally from New Zealand, Angela moved to California in 2006 and fell in love with Grenache, a grape that didn’t really exist in her home country (it doesn’t fare well in the cooler climate). She made her first Grenache in 2007 with fruit sourced from the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard. And so, A Tribute to Grace (named after her grandmother) was born. Her wines are always single vineyard and always 100% Grenache. We love Angela’s wines almost as much as we love her, which is saying something. There is a feminine touch, a gracefulness even. Elaine Brown aka Hawk Wakawaka wrote a lovely piece about Angela, which is a must read. We hope you enjoy two of her most recent releases; a study in Central Coast Grenache.
2013 A Tribute to Grace Coghlan Vineyard Rosé
2012 A Tribute to Grace Santa Barbara County Grenache
Photo credit: photo of Eric by Viinitie; photo of Angela by Protocol Wine Studio.