It is Memorial Day and summer is just around the corner and that means the official start of the rosé season. It is time to put on your rosé colored glasses and stock up on the seasons best pink wines. Nothing is more appealing, elegant and sexy than a rosé on a warm summer night. Rosé wines are having their moment and have become a way of life.
Rosés have gained in popularity over the last few years. Several years ago, most wine snobs and in particular men would not have been caught dead drinking this pink drink. However, in recent years, trends show sommeliers backing the rosé lifestyle and more men drinking rosés. There are even several popular Instagram galleries focusing on men drinking rosés(#brose). Rosé has become glamorous in a Hollywood way. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Chateau Miraval Rosé, Coppola’s Brut Rosé and Drew Barrymore’s Monterey Rosé are all hugely popular. With promoters throwing chic rosé parties like La Nuit en Rosé and Pinknic in New York City, Miami and now the Hamptons, the lifestyle trend continues to grow in popularity. New Yorker’s are wildly in love with Frosé(frozen rosé wine cocktail/slushie), popularized by Bar Primi in NYC. There are a myriad of accessories like, shoes, bags, wine glasses, books and T-Shirts making rosé more about a lifestyle choice not just for the summer, but year round.
As the popularity of this wine continues to grows the quality gets better and better. Provence still makes the most iconic rosés, with their light pink hues, zippy acidity, fresh fruit and fragrant floral bouquets. Provence is the benchmark for many rosé wine makers and now wonderful rosés are coming out from across the world. Rosés are being made in Patagonia, to Long Island to Spain and across all major wine producing regions throughout the world.
Rosés are best consumed young, so not necessarily a wine you want to stock in your cellar(though we do have one recommendation for a rosé you can age, Biondi Santi). Typically they are light, crisp, dry, aromatic and refreshing. Rosés are a fun, fresh, and easy to drink.
After tasting over 150 bottles of rosés(yup its a tough job, but someones gotta do it), we have come up with our top 12 picks. We have rounded up the best of best rosés you need to go out and buy right now. So whether you are headed to the beach, or a packing a picnic, grab a few bottles and sip away into the carefree days of the summer.
Ameztoi Rubentis Txakolina 2016 $20 – This is one of our all time favorite rosé from vineyards near San Sebastian, Spain. The Ameztoi rosé is wildly intriguing, made with a blend of local indigenous grapes. With a slight effervescent it has notes of strawberries and red candied fruit. Perfect sipping for a hot summer night.
Domaine Chevrot Sakura 2016 $27 – This rosé from Burgundy’s Cote d’Or is extremely rare. Made from Pinot Noir this wine is fresh and fruity with strawberries, cherries and herbs. The savory minerality adds to the complexity of this really special wine. Only a few hundred cases made, so seek this out.
Domaine Régis Jouan 2016 $22 – Made with a 100% Pinot Noir from a small estate in the Loire Valley. This Sancerre is colored like a pale rose petal. Made with 40 year old wines, this high quality rosé has lively acidity, freshness and notes of strawberries, and cherries.
Biondi Santi Rosato 2012 $49 – One of the most rarest wine in the world. This Rosato is Italy’s greatest rosé and one of the most expensive. This wine is made with 100% Sangiovese varietal. The 2012 vintage was the last vintage produced by the “Gentleman of Brunello”, Franco Biondi Santi himself, before he passed away. This extremely age worthy rosé is elegant, complex and well structured. This is a a serious wine. Must seek out for those serious collectors and wine lovers.
Withers El Dorado Rosé 2016 $22 – This Bandol style rosé from California is made with a blend of Grenache and Mouvedre. This wine is extremely versatile and food friendly. This distinctive rosé has notes of dried cherries, stone fruit, and ginger. A wonderfully balanced and elegant wine.
Malene 2016 $20 – This highly rated wine from California’s central coast is an elegant Provence style rosé made with a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Vermentino and Mourvedre . It has delicious notes of strawberries, peach and watermelon. Its creamy texture makes it a wonderful complement to shellfish, oysters, and light pastas.
VieVité 2016 $18 – This Côte de Provence rosé has a beautiful pale pink hue. With notes of tropical fruit, white flowers, and spice. Lovely minerality, acidity and structure, make this a versatile food friendly wine. Pairs great with salmon, pastas, and grilled meats. This is the Provence rosé you want to stock up on.
13th & Third Rosé 2016 $28– Being a New Yorkers, this wine captivated us with its story and artwork(click on link to read more). This rosé with New York roots and California vines is a Grenache that is bursting with fruit on the palate. The acidity makes this wine pleasant to drink year round. Plus did I mention I love the label and art work created by street artist Joe Lurato. As Gregg the winemaker will tell you, the wine pairs beautifully with the Eagles Greatest Hits or Prince’s Purple Rain.
Bodega Chacra Mainque 2016 $20 This highly rated rosé comes from Patagonia, Argentina. Made by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, the grandson of Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, who was the creator of Sassicaia, the world’s first Super Tuscan. This rosé is made with 100% Pinot Noir from it’s bio-dynamic 1955 vineyards. This alluring wine has notes of spice, plum and tea.
Robert Sinskey Vin Gris Rosé 2016 $30 – This delicate pale salmon colored wine is from Carneros, California. Made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes, is summer in a glass. Wonderful bright notes of strawberries, peach, lemon and orange burst on the palate. The wine is light and crisp with a hint of soft tannins make it a versatile wine to drink on its own or paired with cheese, grilled meats or a light flaky fish.
Summer in a Bottle Wölffer 2016 $24 – Made in Long Island, NY with mostly Merlot. This vibrant rosé is full of fruit and floral notes with and mouth puckering acidity. The goal was to make a rosé full of the flavors and aromas of summer. This one flies off the shelf as it is hugely popular so get your bottle now.
Fragile Orin Swift 2015 $20 – One of Americas most popular brands, this rosé is mostly Grenache with a hint of Syrah and Carignan. With notes of strawberries and grapefruit and solid minerality. We love the intriguing and unique labels created by Orin Swift for each of their wines. This food friendly wine pairs with so many summer dishes. Pair it with a pasta, a salad or even pizza.