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It's officially Rosé season, and Global Vineyard imports two exciting ones: Calcu Rose 2013 and Apaltagua Rose 2013. Fresh and food friendly dry Rosés are making a comeback with entire retail shelves devoted to the category. These wines are affordable and perfect for summer. Dry Rosés have been consumed with gusto in Europe for many years, but traditionally in the US “pink” wines (such as White Zinfandel) have been considered cheap, sweet and for the uninformed. Well, times have changed and today's Rosés are dry, sophisticated and back in style!

 

Apaltagua produces a dry rosé from 100% Carménerè fruit, and Calcu's Rose is a blend (principally Malbec).  The common production method is a short maceration time (letting the juice and skins of the grape have limited contact).  The winemakers will then determine a desired color of the wine and drain the juice and to allow cold fermentation to occur.

 

Our Apaltagua Rosé was recently featured on the Today Show exposing it to a national audience! Kathie Lee, Hoda and Leslie Sbrocco glowingly described our Apaltagua Rose and how perfect it was for summer, here's the Today Show clip.  Our 2013 Calcu Rosé received an impressive 91 points from Descorchados 2014, the Chilean wine guide from Patricio Tapia, wine writer for Wine & Spirit.

Just released: A few of our newest vintage wines have scored well recently. Below is a quick review, but be sure to visit our 'Press Reviews' page for a full listing of current scores:

2009 Domus, 92 points:  “Vivid ruby; dark berry preserves, apricot, orange zest and violet, plus vanilla…” -International Wine Cellar, February 2014

2009 Maquis Lien, 91 points: “Blackplum, apple-skin aromas; licorice, peppery spice, chocolate and herb…” -Wine Enthusiast, May 2014

2011 Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon, 91 points: “Dark chocolate, mint flavors… velvety red- long lush finish…” -Wine Spectator, May 2014

2009 Apaltagua "Grial" Carmenere, 93 points:  “Very interesting, highly complex aromas; deep authoritative flavors, dried herb and mint… ” -WRO, Michael Franz, June 2014

2011 Kuyen, 92 points: “Scents of smoked meats, blackberries, the structure is firm enough to hold all its fruit.” -Wine & Spirits Magazine, June 2014

2012 Meli Carignan, 92 points + Best Buy: “Focused on fruit rather than: super-concentration- pure, juicy ripe cherry flavor.” -Wine & Spirits Magazine, June 2014

2010 Maquis 'Franco' Cabernet Franc, 92 points + Editor's Choice: Review available in the August 2014 edition of Wine Enthusiast.

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