At Foxcroft Wine Co-We Love Rosé
Anyone who’s visited our shop, Foxcroft Wine Co. knows that we’re very passionate about Rosé wine – rosé is one of the most versatile wines in the world and one of the oldest. Thankfully, Rosé has also recently enjoyed a huge resurgence in popularity with sales of dry rose sky-rocketing over the last 5-10 years. Slowly but surely the ghost of White Zinfandel and all it represented, have been laid to rest and more and more people are discovering the pleasures of real rosé.
A Bit About How Rosé is Made & Why This Makes a Difference
Rosé wines are made by exposing the fermenting grape juice (white) to limited skin contact (red) and then pouring off the juice to finish its fermentation. The wine develops a salmon color from that exposure and in the best examples has a balance of weight, acidity and flavor. Many classic examples come from Provence in Southern France, although there are many other fantastic examples coming from other wine-growing regions both within France and around the world, including California.
Unlike many red wines (and white) that require aging to soften their tannins and develop secondary flavors and complexity, rosés are meant for the most part to be enjoyed in the here and now, being best when they are fresh and lively. They remind us that wine, first and foremost, is meant to be enjoyed – seeming to shout, “Hey it’s only fermented grape juice… relax.”
Here are a few of our favorite rosé wines that are currently in stock at our store or by the glass at our wine bar:
Commanderie de Peyrassol 2018 (Côtes de Provence, FRANCE) $29.99 per bottle
From a truly ancient vineyard site in Provence, clay and limestone soils contribute to the complexity of this wine. Farmed and produced organically, this rosé contains the essence of sunny Provence in a glass; a beautiful nose, dry and crisp, dominated by wild berries: strawberry, gooseberry and raspberry in a crisp, silky palate enhanced with an elegant touch of minerality.
Curran Grenache Gris 2018 (Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA) $29.99 per bottle
Superstar winemaker and early champion of Santa Barbara, Chris Curran is an amazing woman who makes stunning wines. Her Grenache Gris is actually a pink grape, the “middle” version of red/ white Grenache and rarely encountered on its own. But it is a delicious grape that yields a mouth-watering rosé. Pale pink in color, this shows watermelon, rose petal, strawberry and pink peppercorn on the nose. The palate has bright acidity but finishes soft and mellow.
Long Meadow Ranch Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 (Anderson Valley, CALIFORNIA) $29.99 per bottle
The Hall family continues to farm their land in Napa and make excellent wins from Cabernet under the Long Meadow Ranch name. Their rosé however, is from their Anderson Valley Vineyards in Mendocino County, an ideal region for Pinot Noir. This wine has a bright, light pink hue and aromas of stone fruit, fresh (forest) strawberry and floral/spice notes. Mouthwatering, fresh and broad on the palate, it has plenty of peach and strawberry flavors.
Correspondence Wine Co. Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 (Willamette Valley, OREGON) $29.99 per bottle
Laurent Montalieu, head winemaker for Northwest Wine Co., helped assemble this custom blended rosé exclusively for Foxcroft Wine Co. 100% of the Pinot Noir was de-stemmed and placed in the press with whole-clusters of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Muscat. The press was rotated, and allowed to sit for 4 hours, then the fruit was gently pressed. The juice was settled, racked and fermented together. It’s as fresh as a tropical island in a glass. Pineapple, guava, with white flowers and fresh-cut strawberries. Broad and juicy structure on the palate with crisp vibrancy and a dry finish.
Brunn Zweigelt 2018 (Niederösterreich, AUSTRIA) $16.99 per 1 Liter bottle
Often known by its full name of Blauer Zweigelt, this grape is the offspring of two native Austrian grapes, St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch. In eastern Austria, just north of the Danube, in Kamptal, resides the small family owned and run winery producing Brunn. Winemaker Karl Steinschaden and his family are dedicated to traditional practices, completing the harvest 100% by hand. AND with an amazing 1 Liter bottle format, you get 1/3 more wine than normal at an amazing price!
The wine is medium-bodied with a bright, salmon/ copper color. On the nose, fresh ripe strawberry and redcurrent, also cantaloupe and yellow plum. On the palate, dry and fresh, plenty of refreshing acidity, pomegranate and cherry fruit.