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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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
216608
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
218196
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
217309
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
215765
Zonte’s Footstep
2015 "Scarlet Ladybird" Rose Fleurieu Peninsula
Brilliant reddish amber color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized cherries and strawberries, praline, and honey drizzled cranberry toast with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long pickled watermelon, tart apple, reduced lemon, and pepper finish with a suggestion of oak. A savory, toothsome rose tailor made for lighter meat or salmon dishes.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215652
Zonte’s Footstep
2015 Scarlet LadyBird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
Bright light medium reddish pink color. Bright, fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of dark cherries, nuts, and hint of eucalyptus with a soft, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, layered, relaxed vanilla nuts and delicate spices finish with earthy tannins and no oak. A very tasty and well balanced rose with mouthwatering fruit.
91 points $14.28
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215292
Mirabeau
2015 Mirabeau en Provence Côtes de Provence
Bright light reddish orange color. Bright, fruity, creamy savory aromas of dried fruits - strawberries, crushed gravel, dried straw - garrigue, and lemon cream with an crisp, dry full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins. Very old world savory, good length and lovely integration of flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215305
The View
2015 Voulez View Rosé British Columbia
Electric ruby garnet color. Bright, fresh, sweet aromas and flavors of watermelon sorbet, cherry meringue tart, and orange marmalade on toast with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long mixed citrus salad, marinated strawberries and beets, and nutskin finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A vibrant rose with a supple texture and penetrating acidity.
91 points $20.75
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215291
Pure Mirabeau
2015 Rosé Côtes de Provence
Pale pink coral color. Delicate, pure, fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry custard and melon with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length minerals and white blossoms finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins. A very elegant and pure rosé with simple but finesseful flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab