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The Fifty Best Rosé Tasting of 2017


The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 34 recent release Rosé wines with 18 pre-qualified wine judges. Rosés from seven countries were represented in this tasting. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the wines were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles and served well chilled. Only ice water and white bread were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each wine on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded based on a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no bronze medals awarded for this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The states and countries are identified for each brand. Prices indicated do not include tax.


Lauren Ashton Cellars Rosé 2016
(Woodinville, Washington) $21

This wine was produced from a blend of Grenache (52%), Mouvedre (20%) and Counoise (28%) harvested from Lonesome Springs Vineyard in the Columbia Valley.

Aroma: Fresh strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry, crab apple, melon, honeydew, orange, vanilla, fresh roses, herbs, mushrooms, fresh hay, spice pod, celery seed, anise, dried spices, absinthe, minerality, musty, earthy, ocean breezes, bright.

Palate: White peach, apricot, stone fruit, cherry, strawberry, berries, unripe raspberry, lemon, banana, Linzer torte, floral, straw, hay, garrigue, nutmeg, white pepper, minerality, stony, spirit-forward, fresh, bold.

Finish: Apple skin, hay, tart, tangy, rounded, smooth, easy.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Lauren Ashton Cellars Rosé


Bodegas Ontañón
Clarete Rosado 2016

(Rioja, Spain) $10

This wine was made from a blend of Viura (75%) and Tempranillo (25%) grapes grown in loamy clay soil at a high altitude. Following harvest, the grapes were macerated and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats over 11 days.

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, cherry, passion fruit, red currant, watermelon, cantaloupe, melon, tropical fruit, candied dried fruit, honey, Chantilly cream, fresh field of flowers, perfume, tea, straw, balsamic, mineral.

Palate: Strawberry, raspberry, cherry, red currant, passion fruit, grapefruit, green melon, watermelon, tropical fruit, fruit-forward, peppercorn, tart, tangy, zesty, effervescent.

Finish: Cherry, strawberry, white berry, fresh, crisp, tart, clean, balanced, fun, fabulous.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Bodegas Ontañón Clarete Rosado

Scheid Family Vineyards
GIFFT 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé

(Monterey County, California) $18

Grapes for this wine were picked in the cool, early morning hours and fermented at a cool temperature in stainless steel tanks.

Aroma: Melon, watermelon, kiwi, green apple, guava, peach, grapefruit, citrus, pineapple skin, canned fruit cocktail, sour peach candy, floral, flowers, rose petal, grassy, cut grass, wood.

Palate: Grapefruit, ruby red grapefruit, orange, lime, green melon, peach, guava, citrus, star fruit, rhubarb jam, yellow raisins, floral, grassy, bell pepper, habanero, earthy, fun.

Finish: Strawberry, citric, tart, tangy, rich mouthfeel, ample, balanced, clean, fresh, pleasant.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Scheid Family Vineyards GIFFT 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé


Les Hauts de Janeil
Syrah Rosé 2016

(Pays d’Oc, France) $8

This wine was fashioned from 100% Syrah grapes grown on 30 year old vines. Following fermentation, the wine was aged on its lees (wasted yeast) and fined prior to bottling.

Aroma: White raspberry, strawberry, cherry, plum, pomegranate, watermelon, tropical fruit, subtle stone fruit, bubblegum, cotton candy, field of flowers, rose petals, herbal, cinnamon, spice, earthy, fresh.

Palate: Strawberry, berries, peach, pomegranate, watermelon, citrus, pickled watermelon rind, Sauvignon Blanc, oaky, saline, balanced, soft, tangy, love this, elegant.

Finish: Strawberry, pith of a ruby red grapefruit, leaves fruit (cherry) on your tongue, light acidity, balanced, crisp, refreshing.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Les Hauts de Janeil Syrah Rosé 2016

Notorious Pink
Grenache Rosé 2016

(Languedoc, France) $17

Grapes (100% Grenache) for this wine hailed from the south of France, with only mature berries used. Those from the oldest vines were “bled” (saignee method) and those from the youngest vines pressed, with fermentation conducted at low temperatures.

Aroma: Ripe raspberry, strawberry, plum, peach, banana, rhubarb, apple, green apple, citrus, lemon, honey, cranberry cookies, floral, grass, tea, straw, balsamic, chalk, earth.

Palate: Strawberry, apple, peach, plum, honeydew, melon, tangy fruit tart, fruit gum, honey, powdered sugar, tart, crisp, wet river rocks, pleasant acid, residual sugar.

Finish: Watermelon, toasty, pleasant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Notorious Pink Grenache Rosé 2016

Shinn Estate Rose Hill Rosé 2016
(North Fork of Long Island, New York) $24

This wine was made from a blend of Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Merlot grapes that were hand harvested (without the use of sulfur at the time of harvest) and fermented with natural yeasts.

Aroma: White peach, peach, plum, strawberry, watermelon, melon, grapefruit, citrus, candied fruit, rose, floral, ice tea, powder, musty, earthy, fresh.

Palate: Strawberry, tart cherry, fresh cherry, white peach, pear, melon, kiwi, apple, tangerine, lemon peel, citrus, rose petals, mint, clean, crisp, effervescent, refreshing.

Finish: Strawberry, watermelon, apple, pear, light peach, flowers, minerality, flavorful, nice, very pleasant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Shinn Estate Rose Hill Rosé

Dark Horse Rosé 2016
(Modesto, California) $9

This wine was made of a blend of Grenache (48%), Barbera (16%), Pinot Gris (13%), Tempranillo (12%) and 11% from other selected varietals.

Aroma: Raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, white peach, guava, overripe melon, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit, unripe mango, tutti fruiti, bubblegum, caramel apple, honey, flowers, grassy, mineral, earthy.

Palate: Wild strawberries, red berries, ripe cherry, dried cherry, melon, watermelon, unripe mango, grapefruit, lime, candy, vanilla, sherry touch, muted smoke, tart, tangy, minerality, good acid, good balance.

Finish: Watermelon, melon, citrus, rose petals, green olives, straw, nice, easy, mellow, pleasant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Dark Horse Rosé

Scheid Family Vineyards
Longford 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé

(Monterey County, California) $13

For this wine, hand-harvested grapes were destemmed, lightly crushed and allowed to macerate on their skins before gentle pressing. Fermentation was conducted with select yeast at cool temperature in stainless steel tanks. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in stainless steel tanks for seven months before bottling.

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, red berry, peach, apple, citrus, grapefruit, ripe watermelon, overripe honeydew, guava, mango, tropical fruit, candied fruit, honey, raisins, strawberry fields, soft field, rose petals, grassy, hay, minerality, sunshine.

Palate: White peach, peach, nectarine, plum, stone fruit, raspberry, strawberry, berry, cherry, passion fruit, guava, bright grapefruit, lemon, citrus, fresh rhubarb, hard candy, baking spice, peppercorn, grassy, tangy, tart, balanced, nice balance, good full palate.

Finish: Apple, fruity, leather, smoky, oaky, dry wood, tart, consistent, bright.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Scheid Family Vineyards Longford Estate 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé Label

Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
Rosè 2016

(Santa Ynez Valley, California) $31

This wine was made from 85% Merlot and 15% Granache by the traditional French “saignee” method, in which wine is slowly drained from the tank within the first 48 hours of the crush. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak before bottling.

Aroma: Cherry, strawberry, apple, tropical fruit, bubblegum, honey, butter, butterscotch, fresh roses, herbs, pickled watermelon rinds, savory.

Palate: Cherry, Bing cherry, citrus, melon, cherry pie, butterscotch, tart, grassy, woody, oak, old wood, barrel, velvet, sherry notes, food friendly.

Finish: Cherry, berry, fruity, butterscotch, tangy, woody, oak, heavy tannins but holds it well, nice intensity.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Sunstone Vineyards & Winery Rosè 2016

Rosé Extraordinaire 2016

(Côtes de Provence, France) $19

This wine was made from a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Carignan grapes grown in a southerly facing area just west of Saint Tropez – noted for dry, sunny days and cool nights.

Aroma: Green apple, pear, nectarine, berry, white cranberry, citrus, honeydew melon, watermelon rind, cotton candy, butterscotch, caramel, fresh flowers, musty, earthy.

Palate: Apple, green apple, peach, pear, honeydew melon, lime, grapefruit, green bell pepper, slightly sweet, slight spritz, tangy.

Finish: Lemon, lime, citrus, watermelon, fresh fruit, tart, good finish, elegant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

VieVité Rosé Extraordinaire 2016

Cornerstone Cellars
Corallina Rosé of Grenache 2016

(Lodi, California) $30

For this wine, grapes from Sheldon Hills Vineyard were fermented and aged in stainless steel barrels (75%) or neutral French oak (25%).

Aroma: Strawberry, berries, cherry, white cherry, acai, kiwi, watermelon, peach, banana, banana puree, banana liqueur, bubblegum, vanilla, honey, soft flowers, rose, Chantilly cream, vegetal, white stone, earthy, funky, intoxicating, intriguing, almost perfect.

Palate: trawberry, strawberry skin, white berry, white peach, banana, apple, citrus, sour cherries, sweet flowers, cinnamon, straw, minerality, tangy, nice acidity, balanced, fruit hits your tongue, loved it all around, love this one.

Finish: Watermelon, peach skin, tart, deep tobacco, mineral, lingering wood, balanced, fruit lingers.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Cornerstone Cellars Corallina Rosé of Grenache 2016

Triennes Rosé 2016
(Nans-les-Pins, Provence, France) $15

This wine is a blend of Cinsault (60%), Syrah (18%), Grenache (17%) and Merlot (5%) grapes. It was produced from “free-run” juice following maceration for 2-3 hours and slow fermentation over a month in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats.

Aroma: Peach, apple, pear, white raspberries, strawberry, cherry, honeydew, melon, unripe watermelon, sangria, flowers, rose petal, grass, wet rocks, light minerality.

Palate: Green apple, crisp apple, white peach, strawberry, sour cherry, grapefruit, lemon, citrus, bread, mineral, stony, flinty, acidic, tart, tangy, puckering, clean.

Finish: Sour apple, peach, flinty, eye-openly tart.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Triennes Rosé 2016

South Coast Winery
2016 Tempranillo Rosé

(Temecula Valley, California) $16

Grapes for this wine were harvested from Carter Estate Vineyard, and fermented totally in stainless steel tanks.

Aroma: Raspberry, strawberry, teaberry, fresh berry, cherry, citrus, watermelon, bubblegum, cotton candy, clover, rose petals, herbal, spice, earthy, barnyard, tobacco, creamy, mineral.

Palate: Cherry, dark berry, plum, watermelon, lemon, citrus, juicy, liquid candy, cinnamon, allspice, raw wood pulp, tart, easy.

Finish: Strawberry, currant, apple, fruity, tart, acidic, semi-sweet, nice, well-balanced.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

South Coast Winery 2016 Tempranillo Rosé

Château Maïme
Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016

(Côtes de Provence, France) $20

Grapes for this wine ( 40% Cinsault, 30% Syrah and 30% Grenache) were harvested at night and fermented separately at low temperatures. Following aging of each varietal separately on its lees (wasted yeast), the wine was blended and bottled.

Aroma: Wild strawberries, berries, cantaloupe, lemon rind, rose, white flowers, flower petals, green grass, almond, mineral.

Palate: Raspberries, berries, cantaloupe, unripe pear, lemon, white flowers, herbal, toast, mineral, sharp stones, soft tannins.

Finish: Raspberry, herbal, smoke, earthy, complex, crisp, refreshing.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Château Maïme Côtes de Provence Rosé

Domaine Montrose Rosé 2016
(Languedoc, France) $10

Each grape varietal for this wine (65% Grenache, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah) was fermented separately, then blended and aged in stainless steel vats before bottling.

Aroma: Raspberry, white raspberry, strawberry, bright red fruit, pear, peach, melon, watermelon, lemon, cherry pit, cotton candy, candy-like, honey, fresh roses, grassy, barnyard.

Palate: Cherry, white cherry, strawberry, berry, mango, red currant, tart plum, green apple, melon, grapefruit, lemon, lime, citrus zest, dry wood, tangy, tart, balanced, textured, silky.

Finish: Unripe strawberries, citrus, woody, dry wood, clean, bright, pleasant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Domaine Montrose Rosé 2016

Fleur de Mer Rosé 2016
(Côtes de Provence, France) $20

This wine is a blend of Grenache (46%), Cinsault (21%), Syrah (15%), Carignane (11%) and other select reds harvested from vineyards noted for dry clay and limestone soils as well as low yields.

Aroma: Strawberry, cherry, watermelon, star fruit, lemon, unripe nectarine, honey, vanilla, lilac, rose petals, dandelions, grassy, straw, celery seed, mint toothpick, pink peppercorn, chalky.

Palate: Strawberry, pear, grapefruit, orange, lemon, grapefruit zest, jammy, vanilla, bell pepper, celery, arugula, spinach salad, pepper, soft sweetness, Sancerre, minerality, wet stones, woody.

Finish: White cranberry, citrus, floral, tart, good acidity, woody.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Fleur de Mer Rosé 2016

Domaine Montrose
Rosé Prestige 2016

(Languedoc, France) $14

This wine is a blend of Grenache (70%), Rolle (25%) and Syrah (5%) with the majority of the blend fermented and aged in stainless steel and a small portion fermented and aged in oak barrels.

Aroma: White raspberry, cranberry, peach, watermelon, kiwi, subtle green apple, apple, citrus, grapefruit, strawberry gum, bubblegum, field of flowers, fresh grass, hay, oatmeal, spice, earthy, ocean, elegant.

Palate: Black cherry, sweet cherry, raspberry, sour strawberry, currant, green apple, citrus, lemon, lime, green pepper, mint, minerality, tart, tangy, slightly effervescent.

Finish: Strawberry, cranberry, lime, red candy, peppers, wood, tangy, bright, clean, yummy, elegant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Domaine Montrose Rosé Prestige 2016

Remy Pannier
Rosé d'Anjou 2016

(St Florent, Loire Valley, France) $11

For this wine, mature grapes (a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 40% Grolleau and 10% Gamay) from vineyards in the Nantes and Tourraine regions of the Loire Valley were fermented and aged in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks.

Aroma: Peach, white peach, strawberry, raspberry, berry, cherry, cranberry, honeydew melon, citrus, citrus zest, strawberry Jolly Rancher, bubblegum, honey, floral, soft field of flowers, wild roses.

Palate: Raspberry, cranberry, overripe strawberry, plum, pear, sweet nectar, some residual sugar citrus, tangy, woody.

Finish: Cherry, citrus, honey, woody, clean, balanced, pleasant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Remy Pannier Rosé d'Anjou 2016

Champs de Provence Rosé 2016
(Côtes de Provence, France) $19

For this wine, hand-harvested grapes (50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 10% Syrah) were fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks over 15 days, with the wine then aged on its lees (wasted yeast) for several weeks before blending and bottling.

Aroma: Ripe strawberry, berries, white cranberry, peach, honeydew melon, green melon, green apple, grapefruit, lemon, citrus, bubblegum, wax lips, raw honey, flowery, rose petals, grassy, green leaves, tobacco.

Palate: Yellow peach, pineapple, cantaloupe, melon, bright lemon, tart green apple, green celery, yeast, gamey, meaty, granite, earth, tangy, volatile acidity, fresh, slightly sparkling, effervescent.

Finish: Strawberry, floral, vegetal, sweet, tangy, puckering, clean, focused, bright, lovely.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Champs de Provence Rosé 2016

Le Grand Noir Rosé 2016
(Pays d’Oc, France) $11

This wine was fashioned from a blend of Grenache (85%) and Shiraz (15%) grapes grown in the Minervois region of Languedoc-Roussillon.

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, stone fruit, Bing cherry, red currant, citrus, tropical fruit, banana, asparagus, grassy, basil, baking spice, cedar, earthy, minerality.

Palate: Deep strawberry, cherry, unripe white peach, pear, apple, melon, blue cheese, minerality, tart, tangy, some complexity, mouth-filling.

Finish: Floral, straw, balanced, crisp, savory.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Le Grand Noir Rosé 2016

Charles and Charles Rosé 2016
(Columbia Valley, Washington) $13

Grapes for this wine (60% Syrah, 17% Grenache, 10% Mouvedre, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cinsault and 1% Counoise) hailed from 16 different vineyards, with the greatest amount (14%) from Upland in Yakima Valley.

Aroma: Strawberry, white raspberries, berries, cherries, white cherries, apricot, apple, pear, watermelon, grapefruit, citrus, lime, unripe banana, vanilla, field of flowers, rose petals.

Palate: Clean vine and tree fruits, unripe peaches, apple, green apple, young cherry, citrus, jammy grapefruit, mineral, malic, tangy, zesty.

Finish: Grapefruit, grapefruit skin, citrus, woody, leather, tangy, good for sipping, soft, elegant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Charles and Charles Rosé 2016


Scheid Family Vineyards
Ryder Estate 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé

(Central Coast, California) $12

Grapes used in making this wine were gently crushed and allowed about 3 hours of skin contact, followed by gentle pressing and fermentation at a cool temperature in stainless steel tanks.

Aroma: Raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, red currant, citrus, grapefruit, watermelon, melon, fresh flowers, rose petals, perfume, jalapeno, herbal, Chardonnay, garrigue, oaky, briny, ocean, classic.

Palate: Apple, peach, tart red berries, sweet cranberries, gooseberries, citrus, watermelon, vanilla, cream, buttery, hibiscus, jalapeno, tangy, pucker, nice acidity, balanced.

Finish: Honeydew, watermelon, apple skin, caramel, woody, good intensity.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Scheid Family Vineyards Ryder Estate 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé

DMZ Cabernet Rosé 2016

(Stellenbosch, South Africa) $13

Grapes for this wine (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) were hand picked from vineyards characterized by well-drained, weathered soil. Following destemming and light crushing, the grapes were fermented and the wine was lightly fined and filtered before bottling.

Aroma: Cherry, cranberry, strawberry, peach, honey, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, cream, café au lait, coffee, fresh flowers, herbal, pizza herbs, basil, garrigue, bell pepper, Roquefort, olive oil, meaty, chicken roll, cold cut, woody, summer dew.

Palate: Strawberry, watermelon, cherry, cherry pit, citrus, caramel, cake, honey, bell pepper, blue cheese, toasty, woody, oak, tart, tangy, effervescent.

Finish: Apple, sour cherry, lime, honey, grassy, earthy, briny, oak, slightly tart, lean, nice, pleasant, fun.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

DeMorgenzon DMZ Cabernet Rosé 2016

Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

(Marlborough, New Zealand) $12

Grapes (100% Pinot Noir) for this wine were harvested early in the morning, destemmed and allowed to soak on its skins until the desired color was reached. Following this process, the grapes were lightly pressed, fermented at cool temperatures and the wine matured for a short time on its lees (wasted yeast) before filtration and bottling.

Aroma: Exotic berry, strawberry, concentrated berries, cranberry, cherry, white currants, watermelon, melon, grapefruit, lime, guava, rhubarb compote, banana peel, flowery, floral, rose, green peppers, bell pepper, garrigue, mint, earthy.

Palate: White cranberry, cherry, apple, peach, guava, unripe strawberries, citrus, lemon, watermelon, yellow melon, canned pineapple, lemon meringue, juicy fruit, caramel, grass, tangy, tart.

Finish: Sour cherry, orange, clean, tart, nice fresh.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Hunter’s Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

VillaViva Rosé 2016
(Côtes de Thau, Languedoc-Roussillon, France) $10

This wine was made from 100% Carignan grapes grown in vineyards planted on slopes with a southern exposure, overlooking the Mediterranean – which provided cool daytime breezes to the vines. After harvest and maceration, the grapes were fermented at low temperature from only “free-run” juice.

Aroma: Strawberry, white cranberry, apple, pear, citrus, lime, watermelon candy, bubblegum, caramel, wheat, fresh hay, fresh roses, floral, perfumed, peat, earthy, mineral, elegant.

Palate: Apple, golden apple, pear, star fruit, stone fruit, tart apricot, strawberry, delicate red currants, citrus, lime, green bell peppers, white pepper, tart, tangy, good minerality.

Finish: Melon, citrus, lime, Sweet Tarts, fresh grass, clean, sweet, savory, pleasant.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

VillaViva Rosé 2016

Dry Rosé of Zinfandel 2016, Dry Creek Valley

(Sonoma County, California) $15

This wine was made from 100% free-run juice from early-picked Zinfandel grapes. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with bottling a few months after harvest.

Aroma: Cherry, dried cherry, melon, chocolate, vanilla, soft flowers, fresh laundry, perfumed, mint, herbal, grass, hay, minerality, oaky.

Palate: Cherry, Maraschino cherry, cherry skin, strawberry, peach, dried currants, citrus, tart, tangy, cinnamon, buttery, malty, woody, earthy, interesting.

Finish: Citrus, buttery, acidic.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Pedroncelli Dry Rosé of Zinfandel 2016, Dry Creek Valley

Château Sainte Marguerite
Symphonie Rosé 2016

(Côtes de Provence, France) $28

This wine was made from Certified Organic Grenache and Cinsault grapes (from vines planted in 1936) in La Londe les Maures – noted for a hot and dry Mediterranean coastal climate. Following harvest and cold skin maceration, grapes were pressed, then fermented in temperature-controlled tanks, with the wine aged on its lees (wasted yeast) and filtered before bottling.

Aroma: Strawberry, peach, banana, rhubarb, subtle cherry, unripe plum, yellow plum skin, watermelon rind, fresh flowers, dandelions, grassy, barnyard, earthy.

Palate: Green apple, melon, light peach, peach skin, grassy, savory herbs, herbes de Provence, straw, tart, good fruit, fresh, balanced.

Finish: Apple, apple skin, acidic, tart, crisp, clean.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Château Sainte Marguerite Symphonie Rosé 2016

Laroque Rosé 2016
(Cité de Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France) $10

This wine was made from 100% Cinsault grapes, with fermentation in stainless steel tanks conducted over 3 weeks at low temperatures, following which the wine was aged on its lees (wasted yeast) prior to bottling.

Aroma: Anjou pear, peach, cherry, cranberry, strawberry, citrus, bright raw rhubarb, watermelon, candied melon, bubblegum, sweet flowers, hay, straw, minerality.

Palate: Strawberry, wild strawberry, raspberry, green apple, tart peach, watermelon, grapefruit, fruit forward, fruit leather, celery, grass, white pepper, minerality, good acidity, soft, bright.

Finish: Red berry, tart, crisp, rich, savory.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Domaine Laroque Rosé label

Shinn Estate Vineyards Rosé 2016
(North Fork of Long Island, New York) $16

This wine is a blend of biodynamically grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes fermented in stainless steel tanks.

Aroma: Cherry, dried cherry, strawberry, blackberry, apricot, mango, caramel, vanilla, flowers, lilacs, rose petal, herbaceous, dill, spearmint, olive oil, balsamic vinegar reduction, oak.

Palate: Cherry, raspberry, plum, apricot, black currant, dried fruit, cherry candy, apple cider, roses, herbal, bay leaf, spice, pepper, oak, wet stones, effervescent, bright.

Finish: Watermelon, citrus, soft wood, tannins, unique profile, well-balanced, fun, elegant.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Shinn Estate Vineyards Rosé 2016

Domain Road
Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

(Central Otago, New Zealand) $20

Grapes for this wine hailed from vineyards in the Bannockburn Region of Otago. After destemming, gentle crushing and cold soaking (for 2 days), the juice was pressed and fermented so that the wine would retain some natural sugars.

Aroma: Apple, green apple, pear, Anjou pear, peach, apricot, strawberry, cranberry, citrus, lime, fresh fruits, floral, fresh flowers, honeysuckle, Chablis, grassy, forest.

Palate: Peach, white peach, pear, Anjou pear, apple, quince, cherry, cranberry, watermelon, citrus, lemon, herbal, minerality, nice tannins, tart, tangy, zesty, ocean.

Finish: Fruity, balanced, clean, soft, nice.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Domain Road Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

Le Roi des Pierres
Sancerre Rosé 2016

(Sancerre, Loire Valley, France) $30

This wine was made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes hand picked from 25-40 year old vines grown in chalky, clay soils. Fermentation was conducted in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, followed by 3-4 months of maturation on its lees (wasted yeast).

Aroma: Raspberries, strawberries, mild red fruit, berries, citrus, grapefruit, honey, fresh flowers, roses, jasmine, spearmint, pepper, musty, barnyard.

Palate: Cherry, pomegranate, mixed berries, currants, stone fruit, green apple, apple skin, sweet grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange peel, rose petal, tisane, tea, wet rocks, tangy, zesty, slightly effervescent.

Finish: White peach, sour apple, wood, tart, savory, persistent.
Silver Medal
Silver medal

Le Roi des Pierres Sancerre Rosé 2016

Scheid Family Vineyards
Scheid Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé

(Monterey County, California) $16

Grapes for this wine (100% Estate Grown Pinot Noir) were totally fermented in stainless steel tanks.

Aroma: Strawberry, guava, green apple, red grapefruit, grapefruit, citrus, lemon, lime, candied melon, powdered sugar, cannoli, cinnamon, fresh flowers, roses, grass, earthy.

Palate: Raspberry, strawberry, unripe peaches, watermelon, honeydew, apple, grapefruit, lemon, lime, citrus, tropical fruit, ginger, woody, complex.

Finish: Grapefruit, citrus, fruity, herbs, mineral, balanced.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Scheid Family Vineyards, Scheid Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé

Barefoot Rosé 2016
(Modesto, California) $9

This wine was made from a blend of Grenache, Zinfandel and Riesling grapes that were fermented to have a bit of residual sugar and slight fizz.

Aroma: Cherry, berries, strawberry, peach, melon, watermelon candy, caramel, treacle, pie, Chantilly cream, honey, floral, soft flowers, rose petals, clove, fresh.

Palate: Watermelon, strawberries, cherry candy, watermelon Jolly Rancher, treacle, sweet, way tangy, concentrated sugars, sherry notes.

Finish: Apple juice, residual sugar, clean, soft.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Barefoot Rosé 2016

Pierpaolo Pecorari
Ros Alba Rosato 2016

(San Lorenzo Isontino, Friuli-Venezia, Italy) $12

Made from 50% Refosco and 50% Pinot Noir grapes, this wine was fermented and aged (7 months) in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.

Aroma: Grapefruit, citrus, fresh flowers, herbs, asparagus, green bell pepper, puffed rice, almond skin, burnt popcorn, dusty, musty, earthy, smoke, old wood.

Palate: Watermelon, dragon fruit, lime, citric, herbal, ginger, green pepper, peppercorn, grassy, minerality, effervescent, fizzy, tart, tangy, tart, austere, well-rounded, balanced.

Finish: Lemon, citrus, sour apple, lemon juice, mint, tangy, balanced.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Pierpaolo Pecorari Ros Alba Rosato 2016





Everything's coming up rosé.

Wine lovers are thinking pink these days. 2014, 2015 and 2016 were great years for rosé, with sales in the U.S. rocketing. Rosé has become the go-to wine in the summertime. There was such a shortage of the stuff in the Hamptons during the past few summers, it was actually hunted down like a rare commodity.

What used to be considered an revoltingly sweet, supermarket wine is now finding its way on to some of the fanciest and most expensive wine lists in the U.S. From The French Laundry in California to Le Bernardin in New York, “pink wine” is making a serious name for itself. Although Provence takes center stage in the rosé wine category, quality rosés are being produced in wine-making regions around the world. Exports from the Provence region of France have exploded – soaring 58% in 2015 alone and up an incredible 4,852% from 2001 when just 158,300 liters hit the U.S. market. Last year, that figure exceeded 7.8 million liters. This marks eleven straight years of double digit growth in the US, proving that the perception of rosé as a low quality wine is a thing of the past.

Why this change? According to experts, the primary reason is that there’s been a significant improvement in the quality of rosé. In the past, most winemakers set out to make red wine and then later decided to turn a portion of the juice into rosé. While this is still done by some, more and more winemakers are now choosing to make rosé from the outset and are specifically focusing their viniculture efforts on producing rosé rather than simply using it as an outlet for unused juice. So quality of the wine has naturally improved. Affordability is another reason rosé has seen a boost in popularity, since most rosés are priced at around $15 or less, which makes them appealing to a broad consumer base.

In addition, the growth rose's in popularity can be attributed to its easy pairing with a variety of foods. Structurally, rosé’s bracing acidity, lack of oak aging, and moderate alcohol are all very food-friendly traits. Acidity mirrors the tangy and pungent ingredients of spring and summer while also highlighting their fresh flavors. Moderate alcoholic strength means that it won’t exacerbate spice or salt, and won’t overpower food. Rosé offers the best-of-both-worlds – it has white wine structure and red wine flavors, so it can be as light or intense as necessary depending on the food it’s being paired with.

There are two main techniques for making rose wines. The first is Maceration technique, where red-skinned grapes are essentially produced like white wine. The grapes are crushed and the juice and skins are macerated (i.e. kept in contact with each other) for a period long enough to extract the desired amount of color. The juice is then separated from the skins, and fermented like white wine, usually in stainless steel tanks. The second is the Saignée technique, where a portion of the pink juice is run off from the just-crushed red grapes after a short partial fermentation maceration to extract color and aroma (usually 12 to 24 hours). The juice is then separated from the skins, and fermented in tanks.




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