Rosé All Day
osé wines are making a splash with wine drinkers embracing this versatile and refreshing beverage. More and more people have discovered the joys of this ubiquitous salmon colored wine which is light on its feet with wonderful aromatics and thirst quenching drinkability. In fact, growth in Rosé sales eclipse that of almost every other category in the wine business. In the past, Rosés were relegated to 3-4 months of the year. Now, Rosé season lasts all year!
Initially, the Rosé craze was primarily driven by women but is now broad-based with Millennials and men diving into this category with gusto. The hashtag #brose has now been coined for “bros” who enjoy this wine and the more inclusive #rosewines should surpass 200,000 posts by the end of summer.
Whether you are eating a bit lighter, lounging around the pool or enjoying a backyard barbecue, Rosé is the perfect accompaniment. There is an abundance of refreshing, quaffable Rosés to choose from so take the plunge and drink pink with confidence!
Vive la France!
Provence with its warm, sunny climate is considered ground zero for the production of Rosé. Picturesque Mediterranean vineyards produce a beverage which is fragrant and refreshing. In fact, many a tourist on holiday were first exposed to the “Joie de Rosé” while lounging on a chaise or sunning themselves along the coast of this idyllic vacation spot. Accordingly, most associate Rosé with French wine.
Competition in the marketplace is heated with so many wineries making Rosé that there is a veritable arms race with producers trying to set themselves apart. The variations of bottle shapes, sizes, colors and labels are amazing. The ever popular premium offering by Domaines Ott is contained within a regal bottle of grace and elegance. The Jolie/Pitt Miraval Rosé boasts an eye-catching short and squat bottling while Clos Beylesse draws attention with its pink liquid ensconced in blue tinted glass.
Taking it a step further, Gerard Bertrand separated himself from the pack with the brilliantly conceived packaging for his Cote des Roses bottling. Turning over the bottle reveals a base formed in the shape of a rose bouquet. Presenting this to the object of one’s affection is a great way to start to the evening. The packaging alone has made this value priced offering a best seller. Below are our suggestions for refreshing Provencal style wines that hit the spot.
CHATEAU MINUTY ROSE ET OR COTES DE PROVENCE $45
The top wine from Château Minuty is a blend Grenache (95%) and Syrah (5%) which is harvested and sorted by hand. It combines the Provencal charm with richness on the palate. Loaded with notions of red berry fruits and balanced acidity. A serious Rosé.
DOMAINES OTT CHATEAU DE SELLE COTES DE PROVENCE $45
Pale pink robe. The powerful, elegant nose combines white fruits and wild strawberry, alongside citrus zest with light cardamom notes. Soft, firm structure in the mouth balanced by a crispiness with fruity notes and a touch of grapefruit. The smooth, suave finish expresses complexity as well as its coastal location.
CLOS BEYLESSE COTES DE PROVENCE ROSE $25
A blend of 60% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, and 30% Grenache. The unusual indigo-colored bottle is utilized as a UV filter in order to maintain the wine’s fresh profile for as long as possible. Made with an unusually high attention to detail for a Rosé, the grapes were hand-harvested into small bins before being carefully sorted in the gravity-fed cellar.
MIRAVAL COTES DE PROVENCE JOLIE/PITT & PERRIN $25
A partnership between one of the leading French wine producing families, Famille Perrin and Jolie/Pitt. The estate is cultivated 100% organically and the wine is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle.
GERARD BERTRAND 2016 COTE DES ROSES $15
A soft, pale, brilliant pink. The bouquet releases aromas of summer fruits, cassis and redcurrant. Floral notes of roses along with hints of grapefruit complete the picture. The finish is fresh and full with persistence and balance.
French Rosés with More Pizzaz
DOMAINE TEMPIER BANDOL
The revered Domaine Tempier produces of the most profound Rosés in the world. Complexity, depth and intensity are the hallmarks of this Mourvedre-based wine which is capable of aging for years.
DOMAINE LUCIEN CROCHET SANCERRE $30
Crochet’s Rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir. Pale salmon pink in color with notes of fresh fruit. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and well balanced.
Dry American Rosés
Many wineries in the United States are suffering from a “White Zinfandel hangover” with previous generations of consumers trained to drink “blush” wines which were often insipid and sickly sweet. Times have changed though and there is no longer a need to worry. Today’s domestic producers are quality minded and their wines are made to be clean, crisp and dry. This is not your mother’s White Zinfandel!
That being said, wines from California tend to be richer and fuller in body and the same could be said for the majority of American produced Rosé. As producers in the U.S. continue to refine their winemaking skills, balance and freshness have become more prominent features of their pink wines.
NELLCOTE NAPA VALLEY SYRAH/MALBEC $65
Meticulously farmed without irrigation atop Mount Veeder, where high altitude and scarcity of water combine to produce small berries exhibiting deep, concentrated fruit characteristics. The vivid aromas bring to mind fresh strawberries, cranberries and pomegranate, with notes of orange, white tea and roses.
HALTER RANCH ESTATE PASO ROBLES $20
Reminiscent of Rosés from the Southern Rhone, this Grenache-based blend has aromas of wild strawberry and guava. Refreshing on the palate, this wine features a beautiful light coral hue and aromas of wild strawberry, watermelon and kiwi. The palate imparts notes of tropical fruit and rose petals, with a refreshing and crisp minerality.
OJAI ROSE CALIFORNIA $30
A refreshing Rosé, pale pink color with pretty, lively notes of orange blossom, citrus and a hint of red fruits. Medium-bodied and elegant with an usual blend of 24% Grenache, 18% Counoise, 18% Cinsault, 18% Carignan, 15% Syrah, 3% Riesling, and 3% Sauvignon Blanc.
Fun Spanish Rosés to Try
AMEZTOI TXAKOLINA RUBENTIS $20
This Rosé from the Basque region is a crowd pleaser crafted from two indigenous grapes. A pale pink wine with fresh redcurrant, strawberry and lime aromas and flavors followed by citrus notes and gentle minerality on the finish.
OSTATU RIOJA $20
The Ostatu Rosado is a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha, with some Viura to make it sharper and paler. This salmon-colored wine is refreshing and focused with notes of ruby grapefruit and red berries.
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