Rosé Wine

Apr 222014
 
belle glos pinot noir blancBelle Glos Pinot Noir Blanc 2012, Brugioni Vineyard, Sonoma County, CA, $18 – Rating 92

A truly manly rosé with body and depth highlighted by a deeper salmon color that most rosés. Rich aromas of strawberry, red cherry and spice. A round mouth-feel with solid food pairing acidity. A real depth of integrated flavors including red cherry, strawberry, minerality, spice and white pepper. A long finish of ripe strawberry with hints of watermelon. Buy This Wine

Apr 212014
 
Dancing Coyote RoseDancing Coyote Rosé 2012, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Clarksburg, CA, $12 (S) – Rating 88

A soft mouth-feel with equally soft acidity. The nose is bouquet of strawberry, raspberry and spice accented with floral notes. Somewhat off-dry on the palate with sweet notes of strawberry, raspberry and bright cherry. A bit of sweet cherry on the finish. No oak or malolactic fermentation. Buy This Wine

Apr 072014
 
MacPhail RoséMacPhail Rosé of Pinot Noir 2013, Sonoma Coast, CA, $22 (S) – Rating 91

Beautifully dry and balanced. A blend of all the MacPhail Pinot Noir Vineyards. The rosé juice is saignéd (bled off) after 24 to 48 hours of cold soak, fermented and then finished with malolactic fermentation, adding a touch of creaminess to balance the juicy food-pairing acidity. Gentle aromas of strawberry, raspberry, floral notes and spice. A round and rewarding mouth-feel with bold flavors of strawberry, bright cherry, raspberry and minerality. Subtle notes of cayenne and spice on the finish adds to the complexity. A manly rosé! Buy This Wine

Mar 032014
 
JCB No. 69 Rosé, Dry Sparkling Wine, Burgundy, $60 (S) – Rating 90

This is one of my favorite go-to dry sparklers because it has plenty of body, acidity and depth to enjoy with food or all on it’s own. 100% Pinot Noir from Burgundy, salmon-colored with lots of bubbles. Aromas of strawberry and delicate floral notes. An encompassing mouth-feel with crisp acidity and balanced flavors of raspberry, strawberry and bright red cherry. Subtle hints of strawberry jam on finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 122014
 
2012 MacPhail Family Wines Rose of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA, $20 – Rating 90

A full-bodied manly rosé, richer in color than most. The nose offers a bouquet of strawberry and baking spice. A subtle voluptuousness on the palate with balanced acidity. Integrated flavors of strawberry, ripe red cherry, raspberry and spice. Raspberry and a touch of vanilla on the finish. Buy This Wine

Dec 162013
 
J Vineyards & Winery Brut Rosé NV, Russian River Valley, CA, $38 (S) – Rating 91

Don’t wait for a celebration to enjoy this elegant and crisp rosé sparkler blended of 66% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 1% Pinot Meunier. A beautiful salmon color with a nose of raspberry, strawberry and brioche yeast. Juicy acidity precedes notes of strawberry, raspberry and a bit of bright cherry. Raspberry and toasty yeast on the finish. Pair with anything creamy or go out on a limb with fried chicken. Buy This Wine

Oct 082013
 
2009 C. G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery Rosé, Sierra Foothills, CA, $18 (S) – Rating 88

A fun patio Rosé made of 42% Syrah, 28% Grenache, 25% Primitivo and 5% Petite Syrah with a nose of strawberry, spice and rhubarb. Soft acidity with flavors of red cherry, strawberry and bright red fruits with just a touch of cinnamon on the finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 282013
 
2012 Lynmar Estate Rosé of Syrah, Russian River Valley, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 90

Lynmar’s first release of a Syrah rosé is a winner. Dry and tart, the nose is filled with the summer smells of cherry, strawberry and cranberry. Crisp acidity creates a multitude of food pairing possibilities. Flavors of tart cherry, strawberry, red berries and a definite spiciness blend flawlessly into an extremely enjoyable wine. Buy This Wine

Jul 282013
 
2012 Cakebread Cellars Vin de Porche Rosé, Anderson Valley, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 91

This “wine for the porch” may be my favorite so far of the many 2012 dry Rosés reviewed. Made from 95% Pinot Noir, 5% Syrah it is perfect for sipping on a warm summer evening or pairing with summer vegetables and lighter meats or fish. The nose is a basket of red berries, ripe strawberry and watermelon. Tangy flavors of strawberry, cherry, watermelon, a touch of cranberry and a bit of flintiness combine with balanced acidity for a great wine. Buy This Wine

Jul 282013
 
2012 Kramer Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, OR, $18 (S) – Rating 89

A lovely example of Oregon Pinot Noir rosé. Brightly colored and refreshing, the nose offers aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry. Juicy acidity on the palate with flavors of ripe strawberry, tart cherry and cranberry with subtle notes of spice. Great as a sipper or paired with lighter summer fare. Buy This Wine