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 finish with nuances of ripe orange, delicate spiced nuts, and banana chips with a suggestion of oak flavor. A lovely rose bursting with flavor and finesse.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Barboursville Vineyards 2018 Allegrante Rosé Virginia
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Khaki orange color. Aromas and flavors of fresh raspberry and underripe stone fruit with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish revealing notes of heirloom tomato, marinated grape leaves, shale, and mulberry with crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. A pure and vibrant rose with great minerality; serious.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Eden Rift Vineyards 2018 Estate Rosé Pinot Noir
92 points
$25
Silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of guanabana, summer tomato, guava custard, and cream of wheat with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of strawberry with no oak flavor. A tropical, easy-drinking rose of pinot noir with lots of varietal character.
Château Minuty 2018 Rosé et Or Côtes de Provence
92 points
$40
Silvery pink color. Fruity aromas and flavors of tropical fruit medley, pickled melon rind, and mixed nuts with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, long finish with notes of wild strawberry, honeydew melon, minerals, and pink pepper with a suggestion of oak flavor. A sophisticated and structured adult rosé that will be very versatile.
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 flavor. 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
Alain de la Treille 2018 Le Rosé France
91 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Brilliant salmon orange color. Interesting aromas and flavors of sweet pickle relish and spiced berries and plantains with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-length finish imparting nuances of watermelon, ing cherry, and nut brittle with a suggestion of oak flavor. A uniquely flavorful rose with a great savory character.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Rosé Columbia Valley
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pink color. Aromas of ripe strawberry, peony, yogurt, and peach pie with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a polished, appealing, medium-length melon rind, pink peppercorns, and rosemary finish with no oak flavor. A delicious and refreshing rose for summer; balanced and packed with dry-yet-fruity layers.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
King Estate 2018 Rosé Pinot Noir
91 points
$20
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of pickled cherry, tamarind chutney, rhubarb, and peony with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long finish with accents of boysenberry, honey, tangerine sorbet, and rosewater with no oak flavor. Lazer-focused, beautifully textured, and lengthy; a true pinot noir lovers rose.
San Simeon 2018 Stefano Vineyard Rosé Grenache
91 points
$24
Steely pink color. Aroma of sugared raspberries with an vibrant, fruity light body and a polished, interesting, medium-length watermelon, pineapple, and orange blossom finish with no oak flavor. An exuberant rose, unabashedly fruity; drinkable summer.
Tonti Family Wines 2018 Rosé Zinfandel
91 points
$29
Pink color. Aromas of cassis tisane, raspberry, and rhubarb with a crisp, dry full body and a long lavender and white grapefruit zest finish. A refreshingly dry rose with great fruit, lasting finish, and completely inviting style.