Rosé 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