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
219841
SeaGlass
2016 Rosé Monterey County
Brilliant silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of cotton candy, white peach, ripe watermelon, and pastry cream with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a complex, medium-long peony, white chocolate buttercream, and jackfruit finish with silky, fruit tannins. A very pretty rosé with craveable flavors, precise balance and a long, plush finish.
93 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Massimo Ronca
2016 Vignaiolo In Sommacampagna Chiaretto Rosé Bardolino DOC
Pale salmon orange color. Exotic aromas of sweet orange marmalade, spice tea cake, sun dried tomato, and melon water with an bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a stimulating, medium-long black tea, dried strawberry, dried mandarin orange, and dried ripe cling peach finish with firm, well-integrated, fruit tannins. An exotic and elegant rosé with desert-like flavors; perfect for summer dinner pairings.
93 points $15.99 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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Kaia
2016 Rosé Monterey County
Bright pink color. Aromas and flavors of cherry blossom, tea cake, ripe wild strawberry, and peach frosting with a lively, fruity medium body and a nuanced, medium-long pomegranate finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An enchanting wine; concentrated yet delicate flavors beckon one into hedonic bliss.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219793
Villa Maria
2016 Private Bin Rosé Hawke's Bay
Bright pink coral color. Aromas of grapefruit zest, fresh cut grass, cherry skins, and bumbleberry with a supple, crisp, light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length wild cherry jam and fertile earth finish with fine, fruit tannins. A pink and cheery alternative to sauvignon blanc.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Zonte’s Footstep
2016 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
Light coral orange color. Aromas of fresh plum, lily flowers, sweet blueberry muffin, and cantaloupe and apricot with a supple, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length fresh ripe bing cherries, almond paste, and grape soda finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins. A super-yummy rosé to drink all summer long.
92 points $20 Best Buy
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