About Rosé Wine

Rosé is wine made from red grapes that has had minimal contact with the grape skins to yield a blush, copper, salmon or pink color. Rose's can be made form any number of red grapes, from lighter-styled, such as Grenache to a more robust style of red, such as Cabernet Sauvignon. While a rosé could be a blend of white and red wines, most of the finest and most famous rosés are made exclusively from red grapes; of course; the color of the wine can only come from red grapes. (note that for a Rosé sparkling wine, white wines are often part of the blend with red wines).

Rosés range from very dry to medium sweet; the most sought after are dry, as these pair better with more foods, such as red meats and poultry. Generally, a rosé is light to medium bodied with flavors of strawberry, pear and cherry; these should be consumed in their youth for their freshness. There are a handful of rosés that can age for up to five to seven years, but this is rare.

While rosé is seen as a textbook summer sipper, the richest, driest examples can be enjoyed with dinner at any time of the year; these are clearly not simple "pink" wines. While they do not represent a large section of the market, rosés are starting to become more popular with the public, as they become familiar with the qualities of these wines.
Top Picks for Rose
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Retrofollies
2016 Rose Coteaux Varois de Provence
Dusty pink coral color. Floral, attractive aromas of spring blossom, juicy bartlett pear, raspberry, and clove with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a complex, very long raspberry, currant, key lime pie, and chervil finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious and perfumed rose with a great sense of place.
96 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Domaine Saint-Ferreol
2016 Rose Coteaux Varois de Provence
Bright pink coral color. Fresh, fruity aromas of strawberry, kiwi, petite fours, and honeyed rice cake with a crisp, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-long kiwi, cherry stem, peach mango yogurt, and basil finish with clunky, chewy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A fresh, fruity, and tropical rose that will shine at the table
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Handley Cellars
2015 Estate Vineyard Rosé Pinot Noir
Bright silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of fresh strawberries in cream and nougat with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a compelling, watermelon sorbet finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A delicate satisfying rose.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Moncigale
2015 Rosé Coteaux d'Aix en Provence
Bright pink coral color. Aromas of sour cherry preserves, nectarine, tarragon, and honeydew melon rind with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length underripe cherries, white strawberry, clementine, and cantaloupe finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. A rich, yet nuanced and ethereal rose that captures the essence of Provence.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Tres Palacios
2016 Estate Grown and Bottled Cabernet Franc
Medium steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of pickled cherries and melon, exotic tropical citrus, and grapefruit and gooseberries with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, appealing, long honeyed strawberries and watermelon, orange and kiwi, and minerals finish with well-integrated, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A vibrant rose bursting with flavor.
92 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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The View
2015 "Voulez View" Rosé Okanagan Valley
Light Siam violet color. Fruity, roasted aromas and flavors of grilled cherries and apples, floral spice, and buttery nougat with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long pickled and grilled melons, pomegranate chutney on rye toast, smoked nuts, and banana chips finish with fine, crunchy tannins. A complex and very nuanced rose with zesty acidity and great, lightly smoky varietal character and terroir.
92 points $17.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Jas Des Vignes
2016 Rose Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Pink color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of watermelon, overripe bruised peach, peach blossom, and ripe honeydew melon with a lively, dry-yet-fruity body and an appealing, medium-length finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A fruit forward rose with mouthwatering acidity to crush on a summer day
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Monterra
2016 Fleurieu Peninsula
Sunburst amber color. Fruity aromas of white strawberry and toasted nuts with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, stimulating, medium-long vanilla nut brittle, cherry, kiwi, and honey finish with no oak. A very smooth, flavorful and admirably restrained rose.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217683
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains
Light coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of cherries and strawberries, hint of beeswax, and white chocolate toffee with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length nut skin and minerals finish with no oak. An elegant and appetizing rosé.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Santa Venere
2015 "Scassabarile" Rosato Marsigliana Nera
Dusty sunburst amber color. Aromas and flavors of lime blossoms, lime zest and canvas, key lime custard, and minerality and bark with a tangy, dry full body and a short finish with barky, cottony tannins and light oak. Really liked the citric component in this wine.
91 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab