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June 2016 - Rose

June 2016 - Rose
This month's Wine feature is Rose (or Spanish Special) Wines

Rose Reviews

Zonte’s Footstep 2015 Scarlet LadyBird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
91 points
$14.28
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
Mirabeau 2015 Mirabeau en Provence Côtes de Provence
91 points
$19
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.
The View 2015 Voulez View Rosé British Columbia
91 points
$20.75
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
Pure Mirabeau 2015 Rosé Côtes de Provence
91 points
$26
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.
Florette 2015 Rosé Coteaux Varois de Provence
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry granola in cream and floral honey with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length apple, cherry, almond brittle, and minerals finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and crunchy rosé with lively acidity.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Les Hauts de Lagarde 2015  Bordeaux Rosé
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of strawberry-cherry pastry and praline with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long nutskin, earth, watermelon rind, and hint of pepper finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A finely balanced dry rose with a nice savory twist.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Biokult 2015 Rosé Secco Niederösterreich
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Delicate, leesy, savory aromas and flavors of toast nut bread, strawberry-tomato concasse, nougat, and limestone with a supple, vibrant, petillant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length white strawberry and mulberry, green apple, reduced lemon and orange, and minerals finish with crunchy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lively and nuanced petillant rose with vibrant acidity.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Château de Lastours 2015 Rosé Corbières
90 points
$25
Pink coral color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, white strawberries and cherries, and hint of candied bacon with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, engaging, honeyed nuts, starfruit, melon, and minerals finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. An elegant, delicately complex with lovely balance and a real sense of place.
Raimat 2015 Rosé Costers del Segre
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale salmon orange color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and apples, orange custard, and delicate pickling spice with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length strawberry preserves on muffin, nut brittle, and minerals finish with crunchy, fruit tannins. A bright, fruit-forward rosé with nice dimension and tangy acidity.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Domaine Fontanyl 2015 Rosé Côtes de Provence
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright light reddish orange color. Lively, fruity, earthy leesy sweaty aromas of strawberries, ripe Meyer lemons, garrigue, and saddle sweat with an vibrant, dry body and a peppery, subtle, medium-length finish with fruit, earthy tannins and no oak. Crisp old world grenache flavors that are nicely integrated, a Rose for light appetizers.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Rose Infinie 2015  Côtes de Provence
89 points
$16.99
Bright light reddish orange color. Bright, fruity, savory aromas of dried strawberries, pomegranate, gravel, and lemon pith with a crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, buoyant finish with dusty, medium, well-integrated tannins and no oak. Get a nice sense of "old world" earth and fruit integration, liked the subtle afterthoughts in this wine.
89 points $16.99
CIARLIBO 2014 Diegale Rosé Toscana IGT
89 points
$17.99
Bright light medium ruby color. Mild, toasty aromas and flavors of flaky strawberry tart, nut brittle, and hint of rubber with an even, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, breezy sour cherry and orange pepper finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and no oak. A rich, nicely composed rose that will be versatile.
89 points $17.99
Fantini 2013 Cerasuolo dAbruzzo Rosé Abruzzo
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright medium ruby color. Fruity, savory toasty aromas of grilled red fruits, saddle leather, embers - light wood smoke, and burnt cream with an tangy, dryish full body and a warming, intricate, medium-length finish with well-integrated, earthy tannins. Lovely rustic innate acidity lifts all the delicate flavors harmoniously.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Domaine La Rabiotte 2015 Rosé Coteaux dAix en Provence
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright light medium silvery pink color. Lively, dusty aromas and flavors of mineral, wild strawberries, dried citrus, and olive with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, breezy sour cherry, lime, and nectarine skin finish with earthy tannins and no oak. A very crisp and refreshing rose with mouthwatering acidity.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Angelvin 2014 Grande Reserve Rosé Côtes de Provence
88 points
$26
Silvery pink color. Mild, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of white strawberries, nougat, and earth with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, easy melon rind, nuts, and touch of cream finish with soft, crunchy tannins and no oak. A solid, dry rose that will be quite versatile.
Sunland Vintage 2012 Giovinazzo Barbera Bianca Lodi
88 points
$26
Brilliant sunburst amber color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of cherry pie, spiced watermelon, and pistachio nougat with a glycerous, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length floral honey and apple turnover finish with dusty tannins. A fun, fruity rosé.
Westport 2015 "Message In A Bottle" Rosé Yakima Valley
88 points
$27
Bright light reddish orange color. Lively, fruity, inviting nutty peppery aromas of wild dark cherries, buttered nuts, lemon curd, and white pepper - pressed linen with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with well-integrated, cottony tannins. Jazzy, refreshing rose.
Matchbook 2015 Rose of Tempranillo Dunnigan Hills
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Salmon pink color. Bright aromas and flavors of honeyed strawberries and cherries and cranberry nut bread toast with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-length melon drizzled with balsamic and orange blossom water finish with soft, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely, savory rose sipper that will also pair nicely.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Chateau Saint Hipployte 2015 Rosé Coteaux dAix en Provence
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright light pink coral color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of strawberries in cream, cherry puree, and potted flowering plant with a soft, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed nutskin, delicate herbs, and fleur de sel finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid dry rose that will shine at the table.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Brass Tacks 2015 Pink Moscato California
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Bright, floral aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and spiced peaches and oranges with a satiny, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a refreshing, easy apple sauce, caramel, and honeyed nuts finish with soft, dusty tannins. A pleasant, floral, lighter-styled dessert wine.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Magnotta 2015 Pinot2 "25th Anniversary" Niagara Peninsula
87 points
$16.95
Dark steely pink color. Mild, fruity, buttery aromas and flavors of red grape jelly on toast and peanut brittle with an even, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, relaxed melon and orange, honeyed apple, and nutskin finish with earthy, woody, firm tannins. A pleasant dry, rose sipper.
87 points $16.95
Lucky Dogg 2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County
86 points
Brilliant steely pink color. Bright, baked, umami aromas and flavors of berry pie crust, sour cream, marinated mushroom, and bouillon with a soft, vibrant, petillant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, easy nutskin and shell and moss finish with well-integrated tannins. A crisp, slightly funky rose.
Biokult 2015 Rosé Zweigelt
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright light medium silvery pink color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of cherry - berry, Meyer lemon, loess - volcanic dust, and pressed linen with a soft, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, relaxed finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
The View 2015 Silver Lining Estate Rosé British Columbia
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright medium ruby color. Lively, fruity aromas of red cherry - berry, red rhubarb, lemon zest, and gravel - star anise with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, involved, carefree finish with dusty tannins and no oak.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Les Dauphins 2015  Côtes-du-Rhone Reserve
85 points
$9.99
Bright light silvery pink color. Mild, fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry in cream and canvas with a soft, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, cheery mulberries, ground nuts, and earth finish with earthy tannins and no oak. A smooth, dry rose sipper.
85 points $9.99
MWC 2015 Rosé Columbia Valley
85 points
$10
Silvery electric pink color. Bright aromas and flavors of watermelon and spicy cherry custard pie with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, buoyant orange sherbet and apple finish with no oak. A bright, fruity crowd pleasing rose.
MYTHIC 2015 Mountain Rosé Mendoza
85 points
$11
Light medium bright Siam color. Bright, earthy, sweaty aromas of ripe black currants, leather - clay, huckleberries, and saddle sweat - dried leaves with a tangy, dryish full body and a peppery, complex finish with leafy, firm tannins.
Sedosa 2015 Rose Castilla y Leon
85 points
$12.99
Bright light reddish amber color. Delicate, earthy, fruity savory aromas of wild cherry - berry, saddle leather, turned earth, and tobacco with a bright, dryish full body and a warming, amusing, cheery finish with earthy, dusty tannins and no oak.
85 points $12.99
Cantina Zaccagnini 2015 Cerasuolo dAbruzzo Rosé Abruzzo
85 points
$15.99
Brilliant clear tomato bisque color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of red berries, nut brittle, and delicate herbs and spices with a soft, tart, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, swift cranberry, pomegranate jam, almond, and earth finish with earthy tannins and no oak. A nice and tangy, dry rose.
85 points $15.99
Despierta 2014 Rosé La Mancha
84 points
$6.99
Tomato bisque color. Bright aromas and flavors of cranberry relish, sour cherry chutney, and spiced green apple with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk pickled melon rind and toasted nuts finish. A pleasant, effortless dry rose.
84 points $6.99
Skinnygirl 2012  Pinot Noir
84 points
$11.99
Bright medium dark ruby color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of red raspberries, cranberries, corn chips, and dried leaves - pressed violets with an lively, dry full body and a warming, engaging, rapid finish with leafy, chewy tannins and light oak.
84 points $11.99
Magnotta 2013 White Merlot VQA Special Reserve Niagara Peninsula
84 points
$13.95
Bright light salmon orange color. Bright, fruity, rubbery aromas and flavors of baked berries, dried cherry, grape jelly, and tire with a soft, lively, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length sautéed almond, PX sherry vinaigrette, and earth finish with earthy tannins and no oak. An interesting off-dry rose with a savory hint of oxidation.
84 points $13.95
Charmed 2015 Pinot Noir Rosé California
84 points
$14.99
Bright light steely salmon pink color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of berry custard pie with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, captivating, buoyant nougat, dried cherry, and nut oil finish with chewy, woody tannins. A pleasant, easy drinking rose sipper.
84 points $14.99
Lucky Dogg 2015 "Risque" Chardonnay
83 points
Bright light medium straw color. Delicate, fruity, funky earthy minerally aromas and flavors of grilled fruits, nettles and herb stems, and wet linen with an even, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, captivating, brisk tart apple, green pineapple, and nutskin finish with cottony, earthy tannins and no oak. A simple, subdued chardonnay sipper.
Magnotta 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé VQA Equus Series Niagara Peninsula
83 points
$8.95
Bright medium reddish pink color. Bright, fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of baked cherries, pickling spices, and nutshell with an even, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a brief berry gelatin, melon rind, and citrus pith finish with earthy tannins. A sturdy, dry rose.
83 points $8.95
Love Noir 2014 Sultry Rosé California
83 points
$11.99
Bright medium light ruby color. Bright, fruity, sweaty aromas of dried fruits - fruit leather, sour cherry, gravel, and lemon pith with a tart, dryish body and a warming, fleeting finish with coarse tannins and no oak.
83 points $11.99
Chloe 2015 Wine Collection Rosé Monterey County
83 points
$17
Bright light tomato bisque color. Bright, fruity, savory overripe aromas of ripe red cherries, dried fruits - peaches, delicate blackberry note, and pressed linen with an tart, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, intriguing, swift finish with fruit, chewy tannins and no oak.
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