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

Kirkland Signature 2020 Rosé Côtes de Provence
92 points
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Fruity aromas and flavors of nectarine, sliced strawberry, cassis jam, and watermelon with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a silky, refreshing, medium-long finish with suggestions of lavender, thyme, and gravel with no oak flavor. A rock-solid Côtes de Provence Rosé with an elegantly fruity nose and flavors of the French countryside.
Awards: 2021 Best Provence Rose
92 points $9 Best Buy
Château de Ségriès 2020 Rosé Tavel
92 points
Light light siam color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry and black cherry with a round, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, very long finish with touches of lime zest, pink peppercorns, and strawberry rhubarb relish with no oak flavor. A full flavored, full bodied, serious Rosé.
Awards: 2021 Best Tavel Rose
Cantina Zaccagnini 2019 Dry Rosé Wine Terre di Chieti IGT
92 points
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Herbal aromas and flavors of exotically spicy cranberry tart, lavender and thyme satchel, white vermouth, and rooibos with a supple, vibrant, medium body and an even, delightful, medium-long finish imparting overtones of pickled cherries, wild strawberry granita, and herbal tea. A wonderfully herbal, savory and umami-forward Rosé that will crush it at the table.
Awards: 2020 World Value Wine Challenge - Best Value Italian Regional Rose Exceptional Value
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
William Heritage 2020 Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
91 points
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
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.
Château De Mus 2020 La Source Rosé Languedoc AOP
91 points
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of ripe watermelon, strawberry shortcake, white peach, ginger-lemonade, and fresh radish with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of pink peppercorns, white tea, and wild strawberry with no oak flavor. A joyful and refreshing Languedoc Rosé that screams summer.
Corner 103 2020 Rosé Pinot Noir
91 points
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.
Charles Thomas 2020  Côtes-Du-Rhone Rosé
91 points
Best Buy
Khaki orange color. Aromas of ripe plum, fresh wild strawberries, and rose hip with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length shale and dried herbs finish with no oak flavor. A rock solid Côtes-du-Rhone Rosé that hits every note.
91 points $16 Best Buy
South Coast 2020 Grenache Noir Rosé Temecula Valley
91 points
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.
Domaine De La Mordorée 2020 Le Reine Des Bois Rosé Tavel
91 points
Medium siam color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, black cherry, fresh plum, and grapefruit zest with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, long finish with no oak flavor. A Rosé showing both rich dark fruit flavors and crisp citrus.