Above: Reynald Delille, owner of Terrebrune, in his vineyards overlooking Bandol Bay in Provence, France.
3 naturally made, intriguing rosés, from three different terroirs,
California, France, and Spain
Mourvèdre grapes grown overlooking the bay of Bandol in France (Terrebrune), Garnacho grown in the famed Ebro Valley of Rioja Spain (López de Heredia), Pinot Noir farmed organically by the father of the natural wine movement in California (Sinskey).
Vin Gris (Pinot Noir) 2008 Robert Sinskey
(Carneros, Sonoma, California)
Bandol Rosé 2008 Terrebrune
(Bandol, Provence, France)
Rioja Viña Tondonia Rosado Reserva 1998 López de Heredia
(Ebro, Rioja, Spain)
TASTE ALL THREE WINES FOR JUST $16, TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY AT JAYNES GASTROPUB.
Guest sommelier Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D. will also be joining us to talk about the rosé flight and our special reserve list on Weds. and Thurs. nights!
The European Commission will be making their final labeling decisions over the next few months on a new form of French rose’ made by simply blending finished red and white wines together. Until now wines labeled as rose’ in France were made by allowing the red grape skins to soak with the macerating white juice for a very brief period and then removing them from the process. This brief skin contact is what gives rose’ its pink hue. The European Commission, in what appears to be a desire to compete with relatively new wine producing regions such as Australia, South America and California, believes that the much less expensive method of blending will make them more competitive. Under discussion is labeling wines as either ‘Traditional’ or ‘Blended.’ It appears that the vast majority of the French citizenry oppose allowing the blend into the fold, especially President Nicolas Sarkozy We at Jaynes agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Sarzozy’s opposition. Just as french rose’ is gaining much deserved and long overdue worldwide recognition, we are seeing the 1970′s Paul Masson jug wine ‘Chablis’ and ‘Burgundy’ pirate fleet fast approaching the south of France…
Jayne and I had dinner last night at our favorite taco shop in Bird Rock, Bahia Don Bravo, with BrooklynGuy and Jeremy (our resident sommelier). BrooklynGuy is a natural wine fanatic and so Jayne and I decided to bring a bottle of one of our favorite natural wines, the 2006 Vin Gris Pinot Noir by Robert Sinskey.
Sinskey’s motto is “fine wines from organic vines” and he’s pretty much the king of organic grape-growing and natural winemaking in the U.S.
Vin Gris (or “Grey Wine”) is a rosé that’s been made from Pinot Noir (“Black Noir”) grapes by limiting the amount of time the grape must is in contact with the skins.
We love this groovy wine at Jaynes: it’s bright and fresh but has tannic structure that makes it great with both fish and white meat entrées. Definitely one of our favorite wines for the summer of 2008.
We’re currently pouring the 2007.