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 Rosé Wine

Champs de Provence 2017 Rose Côtes de Provence
93 points
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of watermelon, cherries, and custard with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long ripe orange, delicate spiced nuts, and banana chips finish with a suggestion of oak. A lovely rose bursting with flavor and finesse.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
SeaGlass 2016 Rosé Monterey County
93 points
Best Buy
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
Massimo Ronca 2016 Vignaiolo In Sommacampagna Chiaretto Rosé Bardolino DOC
93 points
Best Buy
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
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
92 points
Salmon orange color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate berry muffin, orange marmalade, and pepper dust with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, amusing, medium-length cherry preserves, strawberry and watermelon sorbet, and nuts finish with a suggestion of oak. A bright, juicy, and savory rose with great style and a long finish.
Kaia 2016 Rosé Monterey County
92 points
Best Buy
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
Villa Maria 2016 Private Bin Rosé Hawkes Bay
92 points
Best Buy
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
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
92 points
Best Buy
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
Tenute Rubino 2017 Saturnino Rosato Negroamaro
91 points
Best Buy
Reddish amber color. Aromas of fruit gummies, red licorice, and cherry pie filling with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length red rope and strawberry jam finish. A juicy Italian rose gushing with berry flavors; try it with dessert, or even alone.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Cantina Zaccagnini 2017 Rosé Cerasuolo dAbruzzo DOC
91 points
Coral orange color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried strawberries, buttery praline, and cherry chutney with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length melon rind and honeyed green apple finish with crunchy, fine tannins and no oak. A scrumptious rose that will cover a lot of bases.
91 points $18.99
Heitz 2017 Grignolino Rosé Napa Valley
91 points
Brilliant bright pink coral color. Aromas of geranium, spray roses, ripe nectarine, fresh fennel, cinnamon candies, and elderflower confit with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, long watermelon rind, tangerine blossom, lime coulis, and wet stones finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A spring garden of a rose that delights all of the senses.