100 Days of Rose

Each year we see more and more friends getting turned on to rose with sales doubling year after year. It's easy to see why, rose is a noble creation dating back thousands of years. Indeed, at least in France the first wines ever made were rose, long predating the full bodied reds we are so familiar with these days. Why has it taken us so long here in the states to embrace these treasures? That's the story of a product that we all know and have mixed emotions about. Demand for white wine in California was so high in the 70's that whites were being made from every grape possible even the thick skinned Zinfandel. An accidental stuck fermentation, a little more extraction from sitting on the skins waiting for fermentation to finish and White Zinfandel was born.

It was an immediate hit for the American palate, at that time driven by off dry wines and a phenomenon was born overshadowing the existing European styles. I still see so many people who believe all rose is sweet, but one sip of the bone dry Armas de Guerra Bierzo Rosado blows apart that world view. We stock roses from Italy, Spain, France, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the US.

Roses are almost all made from traditional red grapes, although some will toss a bit of red wine into a white for the color change. The truly amazing ones are from all red grapes like Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Cinsault, Carginan, even Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot! Tasting your familiar grapes done as rose is like discovering an friend with a superhero alter ego!

As our ode to summer starting, we will be doing 100 Days of Rose here at Bitto. For the next 100 days we will be featuring a rose everyday for $20 a bottle and $5 a glass, but just stop in for a free taste of our featured gem anytime! Of course they are all for sale in the Orchard Wine Cellar as well with none over $20 and most under $15! We'll be announcing the selection on our Facebook page so stay tuned!


Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #1 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Gran Passione

    #2 Gran Passione

    From the land of Amarone comes a delicious Merlot based blend. To perfectly ripe Merlot (60%) is added juice from dried Corvina grapes ala Amarone. Rich, deep and smooth, this is a remarkable Merlot that may just change your Merlot worldview! (behind by 6 bottles)

  • Lavender Row Pinot Noir

    #3 Lavender Row Pinot Noir

    While French Burgundy may be the highest echelon of this grape, the warm and rugged south of France has a climate similar to CA and can make easy drinking affordable Pinots too. This affordable French beauty offers notes of toasted oak, rhubarb, strawberry, red flowers and crushed stone. But the nose! It truly explodes with the lavender that is grown all around the vines. (behind by 10 bottles)

  • Tintero Moscato

    #4 Tintero Moscato

    Sori Gramella refers to the one of the only single vineyard Moscatos, and Marco is the only producer to bottle this striking limestone amphitheater commercially. Once the 30 year old vines give up their bounty, and the grapes are harvested and pressed, they are kept in stainless steel at a low temperature to prevent fermentation until an order is received in order to provide the freshest wine possible. (behind by 8 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Amon Ra

    Amon Ra

    The 2014 Amon Ra reflects the tried and true essence of the Glaetzer style - generosity of flavor with finesse of structure. The inky purple color displays the gentle but full extraction. The nose shows an abundance of dark blueberry, vanilla, black cherry and hints of cassis with notes of mixed spice and anise. Although still young and firmly wound, the vibrant blackberry and dried spice flavors integrate well with youthful yet supple tannins with the trademark loooong and sleek finish. Meant to go 10 to 15 years to hit its prime.

  • Broc Carignan

    Broc Carignan

    From 130+ yr old vines, and on original rootstock comes this remarkable Carignan. All native yeasts, no SO2 used during production means pure bright flavors of tart cherry, blueberry and unmistakeable juicy tang from carbonic maceration. Why spend $34 on wine.com?

  • Gewurz

    Gewurz

    A CA Gewurztraminer crafted in the style of those from the Alps. Great crisp minerality, rose petal and lychee notes, with bright acidity to hold it together. All organic from the rugged and cooler Potter Valley in Mendocino. Try with grilled chicken or pork chops to see what a great food wine this is!

  • Poseidon Pinot Noir

    Poseidon Pinot Noir

    From vineyards with a view of the bay comes this well balanced, lively and delicious Pinot Noir. A easy drinking, medium-bodied wine showing off some rare and black pepper spiced Hungarian oak to balance the raspberry aromas and flavors.