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Best Rosé Wine
– Drink Pink.

 

The Fifty Best Rosé Tasting of 2018

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 31 recent release Rosé wines with 18 pre-qualified wine judges. Rosé wines 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.



DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Château Sainte Marguerite
Love Provence Rosé 2017

(Côtes de Provence, France) $30

Made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes that underwent cold fermentation, this wine was aged in stainless steel vats on its lees (wasted yeast) and lightly fined and filtered before bottling.

Aroma: White peach, apricot, strawberry, pomegranate, plum, green apple, melon, honeydew, orange, lemon, citrus, fresh-cut flowers, white flowers, floral, jasmine perfume, musty, minerality.

Palate: Yellow peach, nectarine, strawberry, red cherry, plum, pear, kiwi, starfruit, green apple, watermelon, melon, clementine, white grapefruit, lemon, citrus, lemon candy, floral, buttery, wood, wet stone, minerality, well-balanced, crisp, fresh, clean, crisp, pleasant.

Finish: Strawberry, cherry, sour cherry, plums, unripe peach, fresh-cut melon, grapefruit, lemon, lime, rhubarb, clean, smooth, elegant.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Château Sainte Marguerite Love Provence Rosé

 



Notorious Pink
Grenache Rosé 2017

(Provence, France) $16

Grapes (100% Grenache) for this wine hailed from the south of France – with those from the oldest vine “bled” (saignee method) and those from the youngest vines pressed – and fermentation conducted at low temperatures.

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate, red currant, white peach, honeydew, green apple, lemon, citrus, rose, extremely fragrant honeysuckle, floral, chalky, minerals, musty, crisp, summer in a glass.

Palate: Red apple, Pink Lady apples, green apple, peach, sweet peaches, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, cranberry, pear, watermelon, grapefruit peel, strawberries and cream, sugarcane, flowers, crisp, good acid, well-balanced.

Finish: Peach, strawberry, sour crabapple, blood orange, lemon, citrus, pink Starburst, minerality, perfectly tart, clean, balanced, a summer drink.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Notorious Pink Grenache Rosé



Bryn Mawr Vineyards
Rosé of Pinot Noir 2017

(Willamette Valley, Oregon) $20

Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes that following harvest were “whole berry macerated”, then pressed into French oak barrels where they were fermented and aged on its lees (wasted yeast).

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, red berries, cherry, black cherry, black currant, rhubarb, white plums, banana, strawberries and cream, buttery, candied plums, Jolly Rancher, vanilla, floral, strawberry eau-de-vie, tea, fresh, funky.

Palate: Strawberry, raspberry, cherry, black cherry, currant, crabapple, rhubarb, red plum, white plums, peach, ripe guava, watermelon, blood orange, lime, caramel, rose, floral, pepper, minerality, good balance.

Finish: Cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, black currants, red plum, cassis, green apple, citrus, butterscotch, licorice, herbal, complex.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Bryn Mawr Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir



Château de Saint Martin
Eternelle Favorite Cru Classé Provence Rosé

(France) $23

This wine was made from a blend of Tibouren, Carignan and Grenache grapes from a vineyard at a high altitude that is noted for clay and limestone soil.

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, black currant, gooseberries, kiwi, honeydew, melon, rhubarb, peach, green apple, quince, grapefruit, lemon peel, candied orange, peach candy rings, honeysuckle, roses, floral, lemongrass, fresh cilantro, sancerre wine, minerality, wet stone.

Palate: Strawberry, raspberry, cherry, gooseberries, peach, nectarine, melon, star fruit, green apple, crab apple, blood orange, clementine, pink grapefruit, lime, citrus, watermelon rind, caramelized grapefruit, dried apricot, vanilla, sauvignon blanc, minerality, wet stone, medium acid, low tannin, well-balanced.

Finish: Apple, green apple, pear, peach, soft white peach, kiwi, watermelon, light sour strawberry, pink grapefruit pith, dried grapefruit, herbal, slightly sweet, great minerality, acidic, high tannin, crisp, complex.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Château de Saint Martin Eternelle Favorite Cru Classé Provence Rosé



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Triennes Rosé 2017
(Nans-les-Pins, Provence, France) $15

This wine was made primarily from the Cinsault varietal with smaller amounts of Grenache, Syrah and Merlot grapes included. Following harvest, the grapes were fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks and lightly fined and filtered before bottling.

Aroma: Peach, white peach, apricot, pear, strawberry, pomegranate, pineapple, watermelon, citrus, grapefruit peel, lilac, floral, minerality, crisp.

Palate: Strawberry, cherry, black currant, white peach, pear, starfruit, apple, green apple, honeydew, blood orange, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, citrus, lemon peel, strawberry shortcake, strawberry candy, floral, lightly sweet, clean.

Finish: Nectarine, gooseberry, clementine, lemon, citrus, minerality, stony, sea influence, crisp, soft, balanced.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Triennes Rosé





Estandon Vignerons
Estandon Depuis 1947 Rosé 2017

(Côtes de Provence, France) $14

This wine was made from a blend of Cinsault, Greanche and Syrah grapes that were machine-harvested then macerated for a short time, with the juice pressed into stainless steel vats where fermentation was conducted under temperature-controlled conditions.

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, white peach, nectarine, sweet pear, green apple, orange, lemon, lemon peel, honeydew, ripe melon, sugarcane, candied cherry, grenadine, floral, fresh, crisp.

Palate: Strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, pomegranate, cherry, red plum, peach, apple, green apple, blood orange peel, cherry toffee, strawberry toffee, cotton candy, lemongrass, rosemary, salinity, nice acidity, nice tannins.

Finish: Strong strawberry, peach, pre-ripened plum, cranberry, blood orange, citrus, bitter lemon, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, minerality, wet stone, clean, intense, tasty.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Estandon Vignerons Estandon Depuis 1947 Rosé





Hillersden Rosé 2017
(Marlborough, New Zealand) $20

This wine was made from 100% Pinot Noir (Dijon clone 115) grapes that were grown in vineyards noted for cold nights. Following “cool” fermentation, the wine was aged for 2 months in stainless steel on its lees (wasted yeast) before bottling.

Aroma: Peach, nectarine, strawberry, cranberry, cherry, black currant, pomegranate, citrus, grapefruit pith, raspberry candy, candied tangerine, gummy bears, rose, spring flowers, floral, fresh, crisp, summer day.

Palate: Strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, gooseberry, cherry, sour cherry, black currant, pomegranate, apricot, peach, rhubarb, green apple, honeydew, watermelon rind, blood orange, pink grapefruit, lemon, lime, citrus, lemon peel, lime peel, raspberry syrup, rosewater, fresh herbs, minerality, salinity.

Finish: Pomegranate, cranberry, green apple, pink grapefruit, lemon, citrus, minerality, salinity, maritime influence, balanced, clean, smooth.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Hillersden Rosé





Yes Way Rosé
Méditerranée 2017

(South of France) $20

This wine was fashioned from a blend of Grenache (50%) Caladoc (25%), Syrah (20%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%) grapes.

Aroma: Peach, white peach, nectarine, apricot, strawberry, cranberry, kiwi, lychee, apple, green apple, stewed sour apple, red grapefruit, citron, citrus, white flowers, wildflowers, light floral.

Palate: White peach, pomegranate, lemon, lemon peel, red grapefruit, citrus, very tart green apple, honeydew melon, banana, raspberry, raspberry yogurt, lilac, white flowers, floral, gentle sweetness, minerality, salinity, high acid, medium tannins, soft, fresh, crisp.

Finish: Peach, nectarine, pineapple, watermelon, rhubarb, apple, green apple peel, lemon, citrus rind, wet river rocks, flint, slate, light minerality, clean, simple.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Yes Way Rosé Méditerranée



Fleur de Mer Rosé 2016
(Côtes de Provence, France) $16

This wine was made from a blend of 46% Grenache, 21% Cinsault, 14% Syrah and 19% other varietals (Carignan, Mouvedre, Sauvignon).

Aroma: Strawberry, wild strawberry, raspberry, cherry, black cherry, red currant, crab apple, peach, melon, citrus, blood orange peel, candied orange, lilac, wildflower, rosewater, floral, earthy.

Palate: Wild strawberry, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, cranberry, cherry, plum, peach, pear, red delicious apple skin, green apple, watermelon, melon, orange, blood orange, lemon, citrus, rhubarb, floral, Aperol, minerality, salinity, clean.

Finish: Cranberry, pomegranate, peach, sour cherry, rhubarb, grapefruit, citrus, grapefruit peel, grapefruit pith, lemon peel, minerality, smooth.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Fleur de Mer Rosé



Dark Horse Rosé 2016
(Modesto, California) $9

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

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, sour cherry, lychee, pear, green apple, citrus, rhubarb, strawberry jam, grenadine, vanilla, lilac, floral, clean minerality.

Palate: Peach, nectarine, cherry, strawberry, red currant, red apple, melon, watermelon, blood orange, grapefruit, lemon, citrus, rhubarb, raspberry tea with honey, floral, not too sweet, crisp, nicely-balanced.

Finish: Cranberry, grapefruit, citrus, citrus peel, rhubarb, rose hips, minerality, stony, good acid, silky.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Dark Horse Rosé



Sutter Home Family Vineyards Rosé
(California) $8

Composed of mostly “free-run” juice from a blend of Merlot (39%), Zinfandel (36%), Syrah (20%) and Muscat (5%) grapes, this wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks.

Aroma: White peach, nectarine, pomegranate, strawberry, light berry, rhubarb, citrus, citrus rind, orange zest, grapefruit peel, candied peach, rose petal, rosewater, violet, elderflowers, white flowers, floral.

Palate: Sun-soaked strawberries, cranberry, currant, pomegranate, crabapple, red plum, white peach, stone fruit, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, watermelon, rhubarb, tamarind, peach apricot preserves, brandied apricot, cotton candy, honeysuckle, rosewater, floral, mint, Earl Grey tea, salinity, balanced, clean, easy drinking.

Finish: Red apple, subtle nectarine, watermelon, watermelon rind, rhubarb, lemon peel, dried apricot, orange marmalade, light minerality, flinty, complex.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Sutter Home Family Vineyards Rosé



Toi Toi
Sara's Marlborough Rosé 2017

(New Zealand) $17

For this wine, grapes were harvested, destemmed and fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks after which the wine aged on its lees (wasted yeast).

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, cherry, bright apricot, peach, apple, lychee, quince, grapefruit, pamplemousse, cotton candy, hibicus, white flower, floral, grass, malolactic, saline, beautiful.

Palate: Strawberry, peach, sour apricot, melon, grapefruit, pink grapefruit, white grapefruit, lemon, cotton candy, honeysuckle, rose, elderflower, salinity, smoky, flint, tangy.

Finish: Strawberry, grapefruit, red grapefruit, pink grapefruit, light peach, lemon peel, salinity, limestone, minerality, crisp, soft, pleasant.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Toi Toi Sara's Marlborough Rosé



Villa Wolf
Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

(Germany) $12

Made from grapes grown in Germany’s Pfalz region in vineyards noted for weathered sandstone soil, this wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks and lightly filtered before bottling.

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, cherry, black currant, pomegranate, nectarine, melon, candied cranberries, floral, steely, crisp, clean.

Palate: Crisp green apple, red apple, strawberry, blueberry, plum, cherry, pomegranate, watermelon, fresh citrus, lemon, candied strawberries, sour apple candy, effervescent, touch of sweetness-touch of spritz.

Finish: Green apple, sour apple, raspberry, berry, cranberry, pomegranate, lemon, lime, citrus, minerality, crisp, appealingly put together, aperitif wine.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Bellenos Rosé of Gamay Noir 2017
(Burgundy, France) $17

To make this wine, Gamay Noir (100%) grapes from a vineyard noted for soils of granite, clay and limestone were harvested and “whole cluster” fermented, then aged in stainless steel tanks.

Aroma: Fresh-pressed empire apple cider, apple, pear, peach, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, tangerine, lemon, citrus, honeysuckle, floral, lemongrass, black pepper, mineral, stones, funky, musty, earthy.

Palate: Strawberry, red berry, cherry, currant, white peach, apple, watermelon, white grapefruit, lemon, lime, lemon peel, citrus, pink lemonade, salinity, mineral, flinty.

Finish: Cherry, strawberry, cranberry, citrus, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, floral, minerality, salinity, ocean breeze.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Bellenos Rosé of Gamay Noir



Caves d’Esclans
Whispering Angel 2017 Rosé

(Côtes de Provence, France) $21

Made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Vermentino, Syrah and Tibouren grapes, this wine was fermented and aged in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.

Aroma: Peach, nectarine, apricot, strawberry, raspberry, honeydew, cantaloupe, melon, citrus, floral, magnolia, white flowers, lemongrass, wet stone, oak, earthy.

Palate: Strawberry, raspberry, black currant, red plum, grapefruit, red grapefruit, lemon, citrus, bitter orange, nectarine skin, rhubarb, stewed cherry, floral, rosewater, salinity, tannic, well-balanced acidity and fruit, complex.

Finish: Strawberry, cherry, nectarine, pink grapefruit, lemon, lime, citrus, white grapefruit pith, candied peach, minerality, crisp, vibrant.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Caves d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé



Cornerstone Cellars
Corallina Rosé of Grenache 2017

(Lodi, California) $30

For this wine, hand-harvested Grenache grapes were fermented and aged primarily in stainless steel tanks, with a small amount in neutral oak.

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, cherry, red currant, gooseberry, peach, melon, blood orange, citrus, lemon peel, cherry taffy, Skittles candy, cotton candy, honeysuckle, bougainvillea, floral, spices, crisp.

Palate: Strawberry, strong raspberry, pomegranate, peach, mango, guava, banana, papaya, melon, kiwi, red grapefruit, lime, citrus, lemon pith, floral, strawberry eau-de-vie, tobacco, salinity, robust fermentation notes, rich mouthfeel, soft, balanced.

Finish: Strawberry, cranberry, pomegranate, watermelon, sour plum, citrus, raspberry tea, tannic, complex, powerful.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Cornerstone Cellars Corallina Rosé of Grenache



Hecht & Bannier
Côtes de Provence Rosé 2017

(Côtes de Provence, France) $18

Grapes for this wine (a blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Cinsault and 5% Vementino) were harvested at night (in order to avoid oxidation) from a vineyard at a high altitude that is noted for clay-limestone soil.

Aroma: Peach, white peach, nectarine, strawberry, cherry, honeydew, melon, watermelon, rhubarb, lemon, citrus, floral, grassy, Sancerre, peat, yeast, musty, earthy, minerality, steely.

Palate: Raspberry, strawberry, cherry, sour cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, red plum, peach, guava, blood orange, lemon, citrus, rhubarb, honeysuckle candies, lightly sweet, minerality, effervescent funky, clean, smooth, yummy.

Finish: Raspberry, black cherry, nectarine, watermelon, rhubarb, grapefruit, lemon, lime, citrus, herbal, stony, funky, semi-sweet, palate friendly.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé



Megalomaniac
Pink Slip Rosé 2017

(Niagara Peninsula, Canada) $20

This wine was fashioned from a blend of Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Aroma: Strawberry, gooseberry, black currant, red apple, cherry, citrus, macerated dark fruit, cotton candy, Gummy bears, sour cherry eau-de-vie, rose, floral, peppery.

Palate: Black cherry, cherry, sour cherry, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, red plum, watermelon, blood orange, lemon, sour apple, sweet cherry candy, pink Starburst, pinot noir, slightly effervescent.

Finish: Cherry, sour cherry, strawberry and cream, Swedish fish, floral, cool mouthfeel, zippy, complex.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Megalomaniac Pink Slip Rosé



Âme du Vin Rosé 2017
(Côtes de Provence, France) $15

Harvested from vineyards noted for clay and limestone soil, the grapes for this wine (70% Grenache and 30% Cinsault) were fermented in concrete tanks and then aged for 5 months in stainless steel prior to release.

Aroma: Strawberry, mixed berries, black cherry, cranberry, peach, honeydew, melon, pink grapefruit, lemon, citrus, floral, ocean mist, clean.

Palate: Peach, nectarine, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, cranberry, gooseberry, crabapple, pear, apple, green apple, lemon, clementine, citrus, lemon peel, pink grapefruit pith, tropical fruit, fruit punch, slightly floral, balanced mineral.

Finish: Cherry, grapefruit, citrus, lemon peel, white flowers, mineral, well-balanced, clean.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Âme du Vin Rosé



Champs de Provence Rosé 2017
(Côtes de Provence, France) $15

This wine was made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan and Mouvedre grapes.

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, black cherry, blackberry, cranberry, plum, apple, peaches, orange, citrus, rhubarb, vanilla, lilac, rosewater, floral, fresh herbs, mint, rosemary.

Palate: Raspberries, blackberries, fresh berries, plum, apricot, peach, blood orange, grapefruit, lemon, citrus, flinty minerality, high acid.

Finish: Gooseberry, rhubarb, sour apple, grapefruit, citrus, floral, wet stone, like biting into a fresh lemon, crisp, smooth.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Champs de Provence Rosé



Lauren Ashton Cellars Rosé 2017
(Woodinville, Washington) $21

This wine was made from a blend of Grenache (52%), Mouvedre (29%) and Counnoise (28%) grapes. (While not unknown in Washington and California, the Counnoise grape is usually a component of wines from the southern Rhone area of France.)

Aroma: Strawberry, cherry, cranberry, peach, white peach, apricot, red apple, pink lemonade, roses, floral, wet stone.

Palate: Strawberry, raspberry, sweet cherry, sour cherry, peach, white peach, apricot, apple, pear, melon, lemon, citrus, cotton candy, pink Laffy Taffy, floral, semi-sweet, mineral, effervescent, almost bubbly.

Finish: Raspberry, peach, white grape, green apple, melon, blood orange, citrus, cranberry 7-Up, lemon peel, wet ground, soft, funky, zippy.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Lauren Ashton Cellars Rosé



Château de Saint Martin
Cuvée Grande Réserve 2017 Rosé

(Côtes de Provence, France) $18

This wine was made from a blend of Grenache, Tibouren, Cinsault, Carignan and Syrah grapes. Following machine harvesting at night, the grapes were fermented and aged in an underground cellar.

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry, cherry, peach, pear, watermelon, melon, citrus, peach candies, Jolly Rancher, cotton candy, honeysuckle, rosewater tea with Sancerre, moss, earthy, minerality.

Palate: Strawberry, gooseberry, cranberry, cherry, passion fruit, pineapple, tropical fruit, apricot, pear, melon, watermelon, lemon, citrus, black cherry candy, white flowers, lemongrass, minerality, unique.

Finish: Gooseberries, cranberry, green apple, watermelon, blood orange, lemon juice, citrus, honeysuckle, wet stones.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Château de Saint Martin Cuvée Grande Réserve Rosé



AIX Rosé 2017
(Aix en Provence, France) $17

This wine was made from a blend of Grenache (50%), Syrah (20%) and Cinsault (20%) grapes that underwent gentle direct pressing and temperature-controlled fermentation.

Aroma: Ripe apple, green apple, strawberry, berry, peach, kiwi, melon, pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, citrus, candied citrus, lilac, rose, floral, honeysuckle, perfume, wet stone, minerality, crisp, clean, fresh.

Palate: Strawberry, fresh berries, cherry, sour cherry, pomegranate, cranberry, black currant, white peach, peach toffee, stone fruit, apple, watermelon, blood orange, citrus, mineral, stone, nice tannins, clean, crisp, pleasant.

Finish: Raspberry, cranberry, rhubarb, apple, pear, sour cherry, citrus, lemonade, lemon pith, white grapefruit pith, minerality, well-balanced, easy to drink.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



AIX Rosé



Pierpaolo Pecorari
Ros’Alba Rosato 2017

(San Lorenzo Isontino, Friuli-Venezia) $10

This wine was made from a blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Refosco grapes grown in Italy’s Friuli region, with fermentation carried out in stainless steel tanks.

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, berries, cherry, pomegranate, apricot, white peach, pineapple, pear, green pear, watermelon, lemon, citrus, grapefruit peel, bubblegum, white flowers, perfume, light intensity.

Palate: Raspberry, black cherry, red plum, tart cranberry, pear, green apple, red grapefruit, orange, blood orange, tropical fruit, raspberry jam, strawberry and rhubarb pie, floral, summer flowers, green pepper, minerality, salinity, nice acidity.

Finish: Strawberry, cherry, watermelon, red grapefruit, citrus, citrus peel, tannic, elegant, easy summer drinker.
Silver Medal
Silver medal



Pierpaolo Pecorari Ros’Alba Rosato



Château de Saint Martin
Rose & Roll Méditerranée

(France) $16

This wine was fashioned from a blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache grapes grown in soil noted for clay and sandstone.

Aroma: Peach, white peach, black cherry, cranberry, gooseberry, watermelon, rhubarb, red delicious apple skin, stewed rose petals, minerality, earthy, funky.

Palate: Ripe peaches, white peach, red currant, black currant, cranberry, watermelon, watermelon rind, grapefruit, lemon, citrus, pink grapefruit pith, lemon peel, summer flowers, earthy, great minerality, great acidity, clean, easy.

Finish: Cranberry, green apple, white grapefruit, lemon, crème brulee, minerality, funky, elegant.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Château de Saint Martin Rose & Roll Méditerranée



Jada Vineyard
1149 Mourvedre Rosé 2017

(Paso Robles, California) $35

To produce this wine, hand-harvested, sustainably and biodynamically grown Grenache grapes (100%) were fermented in cement tanks and bottled with minimal filtration.

Aroma: Strawberry, cherry, cranberry, black currant, pomegranate, nectarine, apple, green apple, sweet watermelon, Jolly Rancher, rose, floral, hard cider, yeast, musty, earthy, very lively.

Palate: Cherry, strawberry, cranberry, red currant, black currant, plum, apple, pear, lemon, citrus, melon, stewed raspberry, fruit punch, candied blood orange peel, rose, floral, clove, earth, funky.

Finish: Cherry, crabapple, stewed strawberry, blood orange, lemon peel, lime peel, floral.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Jada Vineyard 1149 Mourvedre Rosé



VieVité Rosé 2017
(Côtes de Provence, France) $19

This wine was made from a blend of Cinsault (30%), Grenache (30%), Syrah (30%) and Carignan (10%) grapes, grown in a southerly-facing vineyard, just west of Saint-Tropez (noted for sunny days and cool nights).

Aroma: Peach, white peach, strawberry, pear, grapefruit, lemon, citrus, orange peel, vanilla, rose petals, floral, tree branch, clean, crisp.

Palate: Strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, gooseberry, pear, apple, white peach, watermelon, white grapefruit, lemon, citrus, lemon peel, floral, minerality, wet stones, clean.

Finish: Strawberry, green apple, dried apricot, pink grapefruit, citrus, citrus peel, lemon peel, white grapefruit pith, clean, elegant, easy drinking, a good food wine.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



VieVité Rosé



Castelfeder
Rosato Lagrein 2017

(Alto Adige-Trentino, Italy) $17

This wine was made primarily from Lagrein grapes grown in the Alto Adige area of Trentino. Following harvest, the grapes were destemmed and fermented in stainless steel over 10 days then gently pressed and aged before bottling.

Aroma: Strawberry, big strawberry, raspberry, lemon, violet, floral, roasted peanuts, Cinsault, dusty, fresh breeze.

Palate: Strawberry, raspberry, peach, pear, apple, honeydew, melon, lemon peel, rose petals, minerality, great acidity, tart, soft.

Finish: Strawberry, raspberry, pink grapefruit, citrus, fresh, refreshing, pleasant, elegant.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Castelfeder Rosato Lagrein



Estandon
Lumière de Provence Rosé 2017

(Coteaux Varoise en Provence, France) $9

Made from a blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes, fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats following a short period of maceration and pressing.

Aroma: Nectarine, white stone fruit, canned peaches, strawberry, raspberry, passion fruit, kiwi, apple, honeydew, melon, sweet blood orange, lemon, citrus.

Palate: White peach, nectarine, peach Snapple, apricot, strawberry, gooseberry, green apple, rhubarb, melon, lemon, citrus, white flowers, semi-sweet, minerality, crisp, round mouthfeel.

Finish: Light peach, stone fruit, raspberry, crab apple, green apple, orange, red grapefruit, lemon, citrus, minerality, crisp.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Estandon Lumière de Provence Rosé



Chateau Maris
Rosé de Nymphe Emue 2017

(Languedoc, France) $20

This wine was made from a blend of Grenache (80%) and Grenache Gris (20%) grapes that following fermentation were aged for 6 months in concrete tanks prior to bottling.

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, soft red berries, cranberry, black currant, cherry, plum, lemon, dried fruit, rose, green pepper, pepper, earthy, steely.

Palate: Strawberry, raspberry, peach, nectarine, apricot, plum, cranberry, cherry, dried cherries, grapefruit, lemon, rose, red pepper, green pepper, pepper, earthy, wood, oak, clean, easy.

Finish: Cherry, red currant, cranberry, apple, melon, grapefruit, oak.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Chateau Maris Rosé de Nymphe Emue



Barefoot Rosé 2017
(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: Raspberry, strawberry, cherry, cranberry, watermelon, blood orange, lemon, honey, vanilla, toffee, rose, floral, perfume, anise, sauvignon blanc, light spice, earthy.

Palate: Strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, tamarind, peach, watermelon, lemon, strawberry jam, strawberry candy, candied cherries, red Jolly Rancher, Madeira, late harvest.

Finish: Cranberry, apple, watermelon, cotton candy, big floral, spicy, minerality.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Barefoot Rosé

 

 

 


 

Everything's coming up rosé.

Wine lovers are thinking pink these days. The years 2014 through 2017 were great for rosé, with sales in the U.S. rocketing. Rosé continues to be among the hottest segments of the drinks market, and has become the go-to wine during the summertime.

What used to be considered a cloyingly 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 CA to Le Bernardin in NY, “pink wine” has made a serious name for itself. Exports from the Provence region of France have exploded – marking several straight years of double digit growth in the U.S., 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 the 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.

Another reason for rose's growth 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.

The largest of rosé’s gains are coming from established wine markets such as the U.S., France, South Africa, Denmark and Australia. Although Provence takes center stage in the rosé wine category, quality rosés are being produced in most other wine-making regions around the globe.

 

 

 

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