An invitation to taste through the new line of Tayson Pierce single-vineyard, limited production Napa Valley wines, paired with Wally’s Santa Monica Executive Chef Ryan Kluver’s gourmet cuisine, came at just the right time.
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Estate Proprietor Taylor Rothchild graciously hosted the evening and introduced the history and distinctive qualities of each of his wines. He began by telling us that the brand name Tayson Pierce is a mash-up of his and his brothers’ names: Taylor, Grayson, and Pierce. Taylor followed in his father Eric’s winemaking footsteps (foot stomps?) and traveled to France, Italy, Greece, and Croatia to broaden his oenological experience. Once settled back in Rutherford, California, Taylor introduced a line of vintage, NV and Rosé Champagnes (produced in France of course) and crafted the wine we’ll explore in this post, the Rothchild Rosé.
Champagne Éric Philippe
But first, a few words about Champagne Éric Philippe. I was especially taken with the Extra Brut, made from a blend of Grand Cru and Premier Cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The toasty notes of brioche, almonds and green apple along with a healthy dose of acidity loudly spoke French to me. I found it a delightful, true representation of classic, slightly funky Champagne flavors– enhanced by a low 1% dosage (added sugar) to naturally express terroir. My favorite of the three Champagnes we tasted.
Tayson Pierce Rothchild Rosé
2017 is the first vintage of the Tayson Pierce Rothchild Rosé. A lovely salmon color, the wine is primarily composed of Grenache with the support of Carignan and a soupçon of Syrah. If you’ve read my past posts here on Sippity Sup, you know that I love Rhône varietals. This blend does not disappoint. Neither did Greg’s recreation of Chef Ryan’s Grilled Lobster Lettuce Wraps with Sesame Remoulade and Pomegranate.
Seafood cries out (unfortunate lobster connotation) for a wine with a fair amount of acid and minerality. The Rothchild Rosé is bright and somewhat saline, with a distinctly round and juicy mouthfeel. Citrus and stone fruit flavors, with tart raspberry notes from the Grenache, complement the pomegranate arils in the wrap. The wine’s bracing acidity, along with fresh crunchy lettuce, cuts through the succulent texture of the lobster and the rich celery root remoulade. This new Rothchild Rosé is elegant and rich, with layered lingering flavors and a nice weight. Yum! I do feel better. KEN