Mixed Case Bundle
A sampling of our favorite estate-grown wines. This mixed case includes two full-sized (750ml) bottles of each of the following wines:
Reds: 2014 Rockwood Rouge, 2016 Colonnade, 2016 Grenache. Whites: 2014 Rockwood Blanc, 2017 Clairette Blanche. Rosé: 2016 Rosé.
2014 Rockwood Rouge ($33): Bright garnet ruby fades out to a clear rim with medium concentration and no tear staining. Distinctly leafy nose with blackberry, raspberry and tart red cherry. Violets, lavender, dried rose petal, and lilac complement tar and button mushroom earth. The flavors are Fruit forward, clear, and bright. While this is a full-bodied, complex, substantial wine, the backbone of acidity and minerality keep it lithe and pretty.
2016 Colonnade ($32): Red fruits burst from the glass: fresh and preserved raspberries, strawberry-rhubarb pie, and a hint of fresh blueberries. The fruits are balanced by a deep earthiness with notes of freshly fallen leaves on a warm forest floor and cut green tobacco leaves. Toasty graham cracker comes from the grenache and the heavy, dark notes of molasses, tar and cocoa powder from the Syrah and Mourvèdre. This wine will benefit from being served cool and decanted as it is a lighter-bodied GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre).
2016 Grenache ($35): Violet and ruby in hue, fruit-forward, and medium-bodied. Fresh raspberries and grapefruit give way to ripe raisins and clove with a hint of licorice. Grenache is the “G” in a “GSM” (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre blend), and generally adds spice and aromatic characteristics when blended. On its own, Grenache is lighter bodied with higher acidity. Pair with roasted root vegetables and meats seasoned with cumin and Asian 5-spice.
2014 Rockwood Blanc ($33): This unfiltered Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Picpoul blend spends lengthy time on the grape skins, similar to red wine. This contributes to texture, concentration, and savoriness. It is considered an “Orange Wine,” named for the golden color this ancient winemaking process creates.
2017 Clairette Blanche ($34): Crisp and clean, tart and ripe Meyer lemon and lime, just ripened green apple with hints of brie cheese rind. Freshly cut lilies on the nose. On the palate, tart and just ripe fruit flavors come through with a limestone like mineral undertone. The finish is mouthwatering and bright, a perfect aperitif!
2016 Rosé ($34): Slightly drier than the 2015 vintage. The palest bright salmon gold color, stone fruits abound on the nose, opening up to damp summer lawn at night and baking spices. Just ripe yellow peach, fresh and dried apricots, and Oro Blanco grapefruit are highlighted by star jasmine and underlined by warm clay minerality. The pale color is from low skin contact time. It has 0% residual sugar, making it Bone dry and medium-bodied with zippy acidity. Sommelier’s Notes: Enjoy chilled with simply prepared shellfish of any sort, or a summery ceviche.