How would you like a wine with the versatility to pair fried chicken, hot dogs, fresh fish and Traditional Thanksgiving meal; plus all things in between? A wine you can sip on the beach in a bathing suit and watching a football game in boots and a scarf? A wine that is as perfect on a Tuesday as it is a holiday party? A wine for the NBA Championship, World Series AND Super Bowl? A wine to be enjoyed sparkling or still? What wine could possibly have such diversity? What wine could possible work as well on a 100 degree day at the pool as on your holiday dinner table?
Only one wine meets all these requirements: Rosé
This spring and summer have brought me a bounty of high quality roses. I have already reviewed them all; however, as summer slips away and we move into fall I want to revisit each of these lovely wines as a reminder that Rose is NOT just for summer. Keep these wines handy for your fall activities and enjoyment.
Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé NV: This wine was produced in the D.O. Cava region of Penedès and was crafted from 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. It poured a vibrant watermelon pink into the glass and opened with inviting aromas of red berries, savory herbs and a touch of yeast. On the palate this crisp and tart sparkler delivered flavors of tart cherries, strawberries, brioche and a touch of fresh cut grass. It was very acidic with a smooth texture and loads of effervescence. SRP $14.99.
Beso de Vino Garnacha Rose 2014: This wine poured a dazzling soft pink into the glass and opened with bright aromas of red fruit with the awesome Watermelon Jolly Rancher aroma I love. On the palate this easy drinking rose offers an array of flavors: cherry, raspberry and strawberry paired with a touch of minerality and a hint of fresh cut herbs. It offered very round acidity and a long, lingering finish. This was an excellent wine for relaxed sipping and paried beautifully with food! SRP $10.
Chateau Miraval 2013 Cotes de Provence Rosé: This crisp rosé poured a delicate salmon color into the glass and opened with inviting aromas of strawberries, floral notes and fresh cut herbs. On the palate this rosé offered crisp acidity that paired beautifully with food as well as providing a great welcome to spring. On the palate it delivered lively flavors of strawberries, soft citrus, fresh cut roses and herbs along with a crisp minerality that is very reminiscent of Provence. It was light and clean yet delivered vibrant flavors. 90 pts Decanter; 91 pts Robert Parker, 89 pts Wine Spectator. This wine is well distributed and can be found for under $30.
Cornerstone Cellars 2014 Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé: This wine poured a soft pink with salmon/coral tones and opened with inviting aromas of bright red berries, candied rose petals and herbs. On the palate this dry, mouthwatering Rosé delivered clean flavors of sour cherries, strawberries, fresh cut herbs and a touch of white pepper. This Rosé has a very round acidity that really coats the mouth. The fruit is soft, with the herbal notes and white pepper pronounced. It was clean, crisp and delightful. Additionally, its high levels of acidity make this a perfect wine to pair a variety cuisines. SRP $25.
Cornerstone Cellars 2014 Rosé Rocks: This wine poured a penetrating fuchsia into the glass and opened with aromas of red fruit and savory herbs. On the palate this meaty Rosé offered flavors of sour cherry, pomegranate, ripe raspberries, with savory herbs of oregano and tarragon and white pepper. No watermelon or strawberries here! This was a much more full body Rosé that had round acidity with a weighty texture and long very dry finish. This wine was crafted from a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah. It was designed with weight and boldness, “ideal for those nights that are too warm or just too relaxed for a big red.” 14.1% alcohol. SRP $15.
Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Rosé Brut NV St. Hilaire: This wine was crafted of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc and 10% Pinot Noir. It poured a soft pink into the glass and opened with an inviting aromas of strawberry, stone fruit, floral notes and delicious touch of Brioche. On the palate this wine delivered persistent and lively bubbles wrapped around flavors of strawberries, peaches, watermelon and buttered toast with a hint of citrus notes. It was delicious with round acidity and a medium long finish. This sparkling wine was crafted in the Méthode Traditionelle. SRP $18.99; a great price for such a pleasing sparkling wine!
Coté Mas Sud de France Rosé Aurore 2014: This wine was crafted of 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 20% Syrah and poured an inviting salmon into the glass. It opened with fresh aromas of red fruit with floral notes and my favorite… watermelon Jolly Rancher. At first sniff I know I am going to like this wine and I was not disappointed. Crisp clean flavors of strawberry, watermelon and candied violets met a touch of fresh cut grass on my palate and my mouth was filled with joy. Bright round acidity with a smooth, lingering dry finish left me wanting another sip. This was a very nice Rosé indeed. SRP 12.99.
Donelan 2014 Rosé Sonoma County: This wine was crafted of 55% Syrah, 29% Grenache and 16% Pinot Noir. This wine poured a soft pink (the color of my petunias) into the glass and opened with vibrant aromas of red summer fruit, tropical fruit, floral notes and soft herbal notes. On the palate this Rosé had lovely flavors of white peaches, soft strawberries, lime zest and a touch of oregano It had a round acidity juxtaposing its creamy texture creating a rich and balanced mouth feel. Another lovely dry Rosé. It contained 13.3% alcohol. SRP $25.
Early Mountain Vineyard 2014 Rosé: This wine was crafted of 75% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Frac and 1% Syrah. It poured a very soft salmon with orange hues into the glass and opened with an aromas of strawberries, watermelon, stone fruit, herbal notes and a touch of rose petal. On the palate This Rosé was fresh and light on the palate yet full of flavors and texture. It was a fruit forward Rosé with flavors of apples, white peaches, and strawberries yet very well rounded with flavors of soft floral notes and savory herbal notes of sage and oregano. It was layered and textured and quite complex for a Rosé. This was an intentionally crafted Rosé with a twist, winemaker Jonathan Hollerith added 15% saignée to his Rosé blend for weight and length. As these two techniques seem to battle for legitimacy, Jonathan used both to his advantage and it worked beautifully: a truly delicious Rosé. This wine is a perfect aperitif but would also pair with soft cheese, light pasta dishes and seafood. SRP $22.
Erzetic Damski Rosé 2013, Slovenia: This wine was crafted of 100% Merlot. This wine poured a lovely soft salmon with pink highlights into the glass and opened with aromas of summer red fruit, soft herbal notes and rose petals. On the palate this crisp Rosé delivered pleasing flavors of soft strawberries and tart cherries with light citrus undertones, followed by savory herbs and a touch of floral notes. It was very clean on the palate with a crisp acidity that I loved and a tart tannic finish. A very nice quality Rosé to add to your summer sipping enjoyment. SRP $24.
Poe 2014 Rosé Sonoma County: This wine was crafted from 66% old vine (1974) Pinot Noir from Olcese Vineyard Sonoma and 34% old vine (1953) Pinot Meunier from Van der Kamp Vineyard on Sonoma Mountain. It poured a vibrant candied salmon into the glass and opened with inviting aromas of fresh red summer fruit and a touch of stone fruit with herbal notes. The mouthwatering dry Rosé delivered flavors of sour cherries, strawberries, watermelon and white peaches and orange blossoms with some fresh herbal notes that are much softer on the palate than on the nose. It was a very palate pleasing Rosé that had a mouth coating texture and a lingering dry finish. Delightful! SRP $22.
Trefethen Family S.I.N ~ Summer In Napa ~ 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir: The gorgeous wine was crafted from a specially selected block of 100% Pinot Noir. It met the eye in a dazzling coral with a touch of Jolly Rancher Watermelon highlights in the glass. It offered a lively bouquet of red fruit and floral notes. On the palate this crisp, refreshing wine offered persistent fruit flavors of ripe red cherry, strawberry and watermelon with a touch of violets and even light herbal notes. It was more complex than most rosés and had lively acidity and with a clean, crisp finish. 2014 SRP $25.
Y Rousseau 2014 Rosé of Tannat Russian River Valley, Sonoma County: This wine was crafted of 100% Tannat. It poured a delicate salmon into the glass and opened with aromas of summer red fruit, citrus and a touch of savory herbs. On the palate this dry Rosé offered palate pleasing flavors of strawberries, watermelon, grapefruit, and lime zest. It was a medium body wine with a mouth coating acidity that left a lingering finish on the palate. SRP $24. 13.5% alcohol. This Rosé was 75% pressed and 25% Saignee and fermented in stainless steel barrels then aged for 5 months on the lees with no stirring. This is a “one of a kind” first ever dry “Rosé of Tannat” produced in the US. SRP $24
Most of these wine have to be ordered direct from the winery; nevertheless, these are all Rosés you should have on hand for your enjoyment. So grab order one of these high quality Rosés and get ready for football and fall festivals.
My Song Selection: Having a wine that is as versatile and delicious as these dry Rosés is a good thing. Therefore, the song I have chosen to pair with these wines is “Good Thing” by the BoDeans.
Get your any or all of these Rosés and let me know what song you pair with them. Cheers!