About Rose

About Rose
Rosé refers to a wine made when red grapes are given slight skin contact to produce a blush, light copper, salmon or pink color. Rosés range from bone-dry to medium- sweet and are made in most major wine producing countries. Among the most famous examples are Tavel from France’s Rhone Valley, numerous offerings from Provence in southern France as well as several excellent versions from Puglia in southern Italy.

Often thought of as a summer wine – in this case, a substitute for red wine when the weather is hot – they can be enjoyed year round. The drier versions, of course, are meat for food pairings; recommended matches include chicken salad, vegetables and seafood such as tuna or salmon (especially with a rich rosé made from Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir).

Top Picks for Rose

William Heritage 2020 Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
91 points
$24
Pale pink coral color. Aromas of cherry preserves and green apples with a supple, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, medium-length strawberry-rhubarb pie finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, plush rose with ripe, summer fruit flavors.
White Horse Winery 2020 Estate Reserve Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
91 points
$29
Bright pink coral color. Attractive aromas of cranberry, thyme, and lavender with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-length watermelon, spritz of tangerine, and lemongrass finish with no oak flavor. A rose with lovely round texture and a Francophone vibe that is sure to delight the rose lover.
Corner 103 2020 Rosé Pinot Noir
91 points
$30
Light coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of warm strawberry jam, thyme, and hints of pastry with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-length finish that exhibits touches of pink peppercorns and pastry cream with no oak flavor. A juicy, full-flavored Rosé with a sophisticated fruit profile.
South Coast 2020 Grenache Noir Rosé Temecula Valley
91 points
$19
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of ripe strawberry, baked raspberries, sugared rhubarb, hints of peppermint, and orange marmalade with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, stimulating, long finish with accents of peony blossom and watermelon with no oak flavor. An instantly appealing Rosé with a lengthy and satisfying finish.
Jas Des Vignes 2019 Rosé Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Aromas of watermelon, wild berries, pimento, freshly sliced lemon, thyme, and lavender with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length hibiscus, ripe pineapple and hints of banana finish with no oak flavor. A concentrated, blossoming Rosé with a great sense of place.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Wildwood Oak Winery 2019 Kelsi Kreek Rosé Grenache
91 points
$33
Steely orange color. Aromas of red apple, under-ripe cherry, rose buds, and nectarine with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length watermelon and thyme finish with no oak flavor. A serious wine for the discerning Rosé lover.
Champs De Provence 2020  Côtes De Provence
90 points
$19
Pale coral color. Aromas and flavors of persimmon, juniper berry, and watermelon rind with a lean, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, brisk finish with shades of hibiscus and thai basil with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delightfully crisp and balanced rosé.
Awards: Best Value French Rose
White Horse Winery 2020 Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
90 points
$20
Clear salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of cherries and fresh peeled oranges with a lean, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with accents of ruby red grapefruit and crushed stones with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Lifted red fruits and citrus abound with a pleasantly drying, crushed stone finish.
Carter Estate 2020 Private Reserve Rosé South Coast
90 points
$22
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of sweet cherry, ripe watermelon, tarragon, and basil with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish with notes of blood orange with no oak flavor. A fresh, round and fruity California Rosé that hits the spot.
Cedar Mountain 2019 Ghielmetti Vineyard Rosé Livermore Valley
90 points
$23
Pale orange salmon color. Elegant aromas and flavors of cassis, sassafras, tonka bean cream, and ripe summer tomato with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of rose hips with no oak flavor. A distinctive and juicy Rosé for the table and beyond.