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
$17.99
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
Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Pale light Siam color. Aromas of boysenberry, ripe sweet cherry, eucalyptus, sugared crepes with lemon zest, and peach melba with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, intriguing, medium-length tangerine, orange blossom water, aniseed, and carnation finish with no oak. A bright and fruity rose with elegant herbal inflections; a terrific wine for the table or party.
Awards: 2018 World Value Wine Challenge Best Value Australian Rose Exceptional Value
92 points $18 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
92 points
$23
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.
White Horse Winery 2017 Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Clear pink coral color. Attractive aromas of lemon bar with raspberry swirl, fresh herbs, cherry candies, and cardamom with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long watermelon, pomegranate, and sage finish. A vibrant and lengthy rose that shows off the Outer Coastal Plain; delicious.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Tenute Rubino 2017 Saturnino Rosato Negroamaro
91 points
$9.99
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
$18.99
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
$25
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.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Rosé Pinot Noir
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Rich pink coral color. Interesting, herbal aromas and flavors of white chocolate mint, berry chutney, and alpine herb lozenge with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-long berry-eucalyptus ice tea and watermelon finish with chewy, crunchy tannins. A intriguingly exotic, herbal and savory rosé that opens up exciting pairing possibilities.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Ruby Dry Rosé Lake Erie
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Brilliant bright Siam color. Fruity, floral aromas of candied apples, hibiscus tisane, grape candies, vanilla-butter streusel, rose petals in syrup, and graphite with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length cocoa butter, lime pop, and vanilla-sandalwood finish with no oak. A rich wine with structure that makes it a great "pairing rose".
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Rose Wine $15 and Under' Best Value US Rose
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Château Routas 2017  Coteaux Varois en Provence
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale pink coral color. Toasty aromas and flavors of nougat and fig-cherry preserves on nut toast with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, cheery watermelon, strawberry-kiwi custard, minerals, and nutskin finish with silky, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicate, elegant rose with fine flavor and a true sense of place.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy