Bedrock Wine Co. 'Ode to Lulu' Rose 2021

Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner and spring means rosé season! Today’s offer of Bedrock’s amazing Rosé Ode to Lulu is year in year out one of my all time favorites. Made from 55% Mourvedre and 45% Grenache from vines planted in the 1880s (!), this is one rosé wine not to miss! According to the Bedrock team “this is the palest rendition of this wine we have made in a while, something that belies its richness and density….the deliciously feral and wild Mataro element is enlivened by Grenache planted in the 1880s at Gibson Ranch in Mendocino’s McDowell Valley.”

Read on for the backstory on the wine, but you might want to hit the buy button first – less than a dozen cases are on offer and this wine is as fleeting as spring itself! Cheers, Chris

The connections to this amazing wine are many, starting with it being inspired by one of the best rosé wines in the world, Domaine Tempier’s incredible Bandol Rosé. Its name is a tribute to Tempier’s matriarch Lucy “Lulu” Peyraud, who passed away in 2020 at the great old age of 102 after living a life that touched many in the world of food and wine.

Her joie de vivre and passion for sharing the food, wine and culture of her homeland of Provence was in part the influence for Alice Water’s famed restaurant Chez Panice, inspired importer kermit Lynch in his fledging import business, and touched so many others who made the pilgrimage to Tempier. A visit for lunch and tasting at Tempier at Lulu’s table, of which I was the fortunate guest on several occasions, was truly a special invitation, with all of Provence’s magnificent cuisine washed down with the amazing wines of Tempier.

Bedrock’s Ode to Lulu is made with that image in mind, from grapes harvested specifically for rosé at relatively low sugars to maintain freshness. It is 55% Mataro sourced from the sandy soils and own-rooted vines of Oakley, along with a dash of 1920s-planted fruit from the famed Pagani Ranch. The balance is 45% Grenache planted in the 1880s at Gibson Ranch in Mendocino’s McDowell Valley. Yes, 1880s!

The other connection is Bedrock owner and winemaker Morgan Twain Peterson, whom I have known since I was working for his father and he was a tow-headed kid with a wine thief and a barrel of Pinot Noir hanging around his dad’s winery (none other than Joel Peterson of Ravenswood fame). Now a fellow MW and producing world class wines from his estate vineyard in Sonoma and dozens of other top vineyard sites around California, the whiz kid has even outshined the future we all envisioned was possible for him. I have to believe that Lulu and domaine Tempier also played a major role in how both Joel and Morgan think about winemaking, and Ode to Lulu is Bedrock’s love letter to the Bandol rosé they love so much. It warms my heart to offer this special wine today – don’t wait, only a dozen cases on offer and this wine is as fleeting as spring itself!

$22.99

Description

Country: California
Varieties: 55% Mourvedre, 45% Grenache
Terroir:The Mataro is sourced from the sandy soils and own-rooted vines of Oakley along with a dash of 1920s-planted fruit from the famed Pagani Ranch. The deliciously feral and wild Mataro element is enlivened by Grenache planted in the 1880s at Gibson Ranch in Mendocino’s McDowell Valley. Farmed using organic methods
Winemaking: The grapes were harvested specifically for rose at relatively low sugars to maintain freshness., Stainless steel

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