As we approach the 4th of July holiday, it’s unmistakable that things feel different. The world is certainly not the same. Fireworks displays will be seen through trees in backyards and gatherings will be decidedly smaller and more distanced. But that is okay! It’s important to weather change and at the same time take comfort in the fact that some things will always stay the same. That comfort today is that summer BBQ’s and wine are invariably a good time. Thus, I share with you the H.B. Chevalier 2019 Rosé and Titus Vineyards 2018 Andronicus Red Blend.
Hailing from the dried up remains of an old lagoon in the Languedoc of France, H.B. Chevalier’s Rosé is comprised entirely of Grenache grown in clay and limestone soils. 2019 was a fairly warm year in France and that translates to ripeness and a beautifully soft texture in the case of H.B. The aromas here are plentiful wild strawberries and red currant, with a touch of blood orange and floral notes. The palate is delicate, fresh, and balanced with long lasting flavors that follow the aromas lead. The finish is round and silky in texture, making for an entirely quaffable beverage that will accompany all manner of grilled fare, pasta salads, and fruit platters. This is a simply delicious wine for your daily enjoyment. The H.B. Chevalier Rosé retails for $12.99 and is a steal at the price.
Now, to do a 180, we turn our focus to Titus Vineyards 2018 Napa Valley Red Blend. An opulent Bordeaux style blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec with smaller proportions of Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, and Petit Sirah added in. The wine sees 22 months in barrel, giving the juice time to soften for approachability upon release. The aromas are ripe blackberries and cherries, dusty cocoa, and floral hints. The palate is full bodied, rich, and decadent with loads of dark fruits, vanilla, and Crème brûlée. The tannins are integrated but present and do well providing structure to the wine. (Note: the tannins soften significantly with air!) With good concentration, freshness, and complexity, this wine will please the seasoned connoisseur and knock the socks off of the amateur. In other words, it is the perfect party wine. I am thinking char-grilled cheeseburgers all day here. The simple pleasures can be the greatest pleasures! The 2018 Andronicus Red Blend is quite new on the market and I expect it will gain real traction at its modest $24.99 price point.
Both of these wines are due in Friday, so please let me know if you are interested in having any set aside. Have a safe and happy 4th and we appreciate everyone’s continued support!