In Summer in Seattle you have to be ready for everything — A bit of wind, a splash of rain, the occasional burst of sun. You need a few sippable whites, a good stock of rosé, and a stash of versatile reds to prepare for the weekend. Here’s a line up to cover the bases, or come browse the shop and find some others for yourself.
2018 Hugel, Gentil $14
50% Sylvaner & Pinot Blanc, 15% Gewurztraminer, 22% Pinot Gris, 7% Riesling, 6% Muscat
This wine revives an ancient Alsace tradition that wines assembled from noble grape varieties were called “Gentil”. Gentil “Hugel” allies the suave, spicy flavor of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat and the refreshing character of Sylvaner.
2016 Meyer-Fonné, Alsace Pinot Blanc $12
An earthy overtone sits on the nose. The palate has a similarly earthy ring but adds gentle pear and lemon notes to a very light, dry body. Was $18 now $12
2017 Teutonic, Jazz Odyssey $14
A blend of Riesling, Gewurz and Chardonnay, and is a perfectly lively, fragrant and engaging glass of white wine. There’s so much energy underneath the textured, flowery profile, and it’s got just a touch of RS that makes it so perfectly Alsatian in style. Was $19 now $13
2019 Corte Sant’Alda, Soave $22
80% Garganega, 15% Trebbiano di Soave, 5% Chardonnay
A fruity and savory Soave, with mineral character, vinifed in steel tanks. On the nose it expresses itself with scents of ripe fruits, aromatic herbs, flowers and almonds. On the palate it is smooth, juicy, fresh, savory and well-balanced. Organic
2019 Clos des Lumières, Eclipse Gris Rosé $10
Caladoc is a cross of Grenache and Malbec which makes a surprisingly nice rosé. White fruit aromas. The palate will reveal cherry, peach with a bit of pleasant spiciness in the finish.
2019 J. Mourat, Collection Val de Loire Rosé $13
Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Négrette, Gamay Noir,
Ripe aromas of crushed cherry and watermelon. A big mouthful of cherry and strawberry fruit mingles with tangy citrus on the palate. Organic
2020 Atlantique, Cabernet Franc Rosé $13
A vibrant Loire Rosé in the classic French style. Plenty of wild strawberry and raspberry fruit on the nose. The palate is deliciously fresh, elegant and soft with crisp acidity. Generous fruit flavors, but delightfully dry
2020 L’ermite d’Auzan, Nimes Rosé $14
50% Cinsault, 50% Grenache.
Beautiful explosion of fruit in the nose and on the palate. This wine is situated between a Tavel and a Côte de Provence Bio-dynamic
2020 Domain Carrel Eugène, Savoie Rosé $17
80% Gamay and 20% Mondeuse
Outstandingly crisp, this Savoy rosé has aromas of black cherry, strawberry, wild flowers and minerals. And the palate is equally compelling. Bright, zesty, crisp and laced with red fruits, honeysuckle, and mellow mineral notes,
2020 Mirabeau, Classic Rosé $19
65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Cinsault
A classical Côtes de Provence rosé, offering aromas of yellow peach, pear, freesias and strawberries. Layered and neat.
Podericellario, È! Rosso $20
Hand-harvested into small bins. Spontaneous fermentation. Ten days maceration. Aged in 100hl cement tanks for one year. Bottled with minimal sulphur (~10ppm) and without filtering or fining. Oh Yeah, It is a great summer red with a little chill on it. Organic Natural. 1 LITER
2019 Statti, Lamézia Rosso $13
40% Gaglioppo, 40% Greco Nero, 20% Magliocco
From Calabria, this red blend has dark notes of black cherry, plum, cocoa, tobacco, Indian ink and spices. The palate has an excellent balance between fruit, tannin, and acidity. Long pleasant finish of fruit and spices.
2018 Notre Dame de Laval, Côtes de Roussillon $10
45% Carignan, 30% Grenache, 25% Syrah
Brambly raspberry and blackberry fruit with wonderful earthy/gamey/wild Carignan notes and black-olive subtleties from the Syrah. Organic
2018 La Tannerie, Cité de Carcassonne $12
50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc
A great value wine from the Languedoc. powerful black fruits, cocoa and peppers, embellished with floral and animal notes. Complex and rich, supported by a remarkable structure and a long aromatic persistence.
2017 Manousakis, Mrs. $16
30% Romeiko, 70% Syrah
A rustic Crete Red, aromas of black berries, cranberry and some nutty character. Medium bodied wine with gentle acidity, rounded tannin’s, and lots of ripe dark berries with some vanilla notes.
2019 Darby, Purple Haze $20
Cabernet, Malbec, Mourvèdre Cab Franc and a little Syrah
The new vintage of the Haze rolls in. The sum is greater than its parts. Dense and rich, with a muscular mix of dark currant, cherry, and plum with a hint of cedar. Aged in 30% new French oak for 18 months
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