Sean Sullivan's Wine of the Week: Charles and Charles Rosé
Rock star winemakers craft a rocking good rosé.
Every week the founder of Washington Wine Report, Wine Enthusiast contributing editor, and Seattle Met's house wine guru recommends a (typically) budget-friendly Northwest wine.
What: Charles and Charles Rosé Columbia Valley 2012 $10
Where: City Cellars, QFC, Metropolitan Market, Whole Foods, Esquin
Why: Charles and Charles brings together two outsize winemakers—Washington’s own Charles Smith (K Vintners, Charles Smith Wines) and wine world traveler Charles Bieler (Three Thieves, Bieler Pere et Fils). The former is indescribable, the latter we’ll let his Twitter bio speak for – “reforming Luddite, shameless promoter, defender of cheap wine, and all around hustler.”
Together, these two forces of nature bring you this thoroughly delicious, you-can’t-afford-not-to bottle of rosé. A blend of mostly syrah along with mourvèdre, cinsault, and grenache all coming from the warm 2012 vintage, it’s rich and fruit filled (but dry) while still retaining exquisite acid balance. It’s everything a good rosé should be—pretty to look at in the bottle and glass, but even better going down the gullet. More? Yes please.