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

Mercer Estates 2021 Spice Cabinet Vineyard Rosé Grenache
95 points
$15
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berry salad, pickled melon, dainty dried flowers, and hint of bubblegum with a round, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long finish that shows accents of cherry and watermelon sorbet with no oak flavor. A beautiful, round and juicy, fruit-packed rose that is deliciously pleasing.
95 points $15 Best Buy
Domaine Michel Thomas 2021 Rosé Sancerre
95 points
$32
Pink color. Aromas of strawberry fields, eucalyptus, and fresh ferns with a fat body and a very long watermelon, persimmons, lime zest, and sea salt finish. An energetic, lively Rose with exotic flavors that are sure to tantalize.
Maison Marcel 2021 Heart Rosé IGP Mediterranee
94 points
$15
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Floral aromas and flavors of lilacs and honeysuckle and watermelon with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of apple and passionfruit and guava with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delightfully fresh and floral rose with a truly charming personality.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Morpho 2021 Rose Coteaux Daix En Provence
94 points
$11
Best Buy
Steely pink coral color. Aromas of cherry candies, strawberry rhubarb pie, and hibiscus with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a graceful, intriguing, agreeable lavender candies, sweet raspberry, and strawberry buttercream finish. Rose lovers will appreciate this fruit forward gem from Provence.
94 points $11 Best Buy
Duck Pond 2021 Rosé Oregon
93 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Unusual aromas and flavors of strawberry, red delicious apple, raspberry, and rose petal with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, eccentric, agreeable finish with overtones of strawberries in milk, watermelon, and blood orange. A complex and enjoyable surprise of a rose with zippy acid that makes this a great summer sipper.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Costeval 2021 Rosé Coteaux Daix En Provence
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Brilliant silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of white balsamic drizzled strawberries, vanilla creme, and pencil shavings with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, long finish that shows accents of cherry and apple relish with no oak flavor. A delicious, well balanced rose for a beautiful summer afternoon.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Portlandia 2021 Rosé Columbia Valley
93 points
$17
Best Buy
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of banana gelato and melon balls with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish with touches of strawberries in vanilla cream with no oak flavor. A sleek, rich and delicious rose that is bursting with fruit and is sure to please.
93 points $17 Best Buy
Château De Ségriès 2021 Rosé Tavel
93 points
$24
Brilliant siam color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cherry-rhubarb tart and pomegranate chutney on raisin toast with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, very long finish imparting overtones of strawberry shortbread, candied orange, and hint of rye cracker with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A brilliant, juicy and toothsome rose that delivers pleasure at every opportunity; try in a spritzer too.
Vezer Family Vineyard 2021 Blue Victorian Suisun Valley
93 points
$42
Reddish amber color. Attractive aromas of dried strawberries and cherries and raspberry blossoms with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long green apple and blood orange relish, spiced watermelon, and minerals finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nicely layered, vibrant and elegant rose that is like Spring in a glass.
Penns Woods 2021 Rose Pennsylvania
92 points
$28
Pink color. Aroma of ramps with a dry full body and a long watermelon, fresh ramps, and oyster shell finish with no oak flavor. A dry Provençal style rose to pair with both good times and great friends.