Yeah, I know.
Another rosé article.
If you are like me, you must be rather rosé-d out by now–not so much with the wine, but with having to read another set of reviews from yet another blogger claiming that he loves summer since it means he can chill down a few pink wines and sit out his stoop as if he were some sort of trailblazer. Most of the articles then go on to curse White Zinfandel for the damage it has done to the reputation of “blush” wines and how he (or she) would never be caught dead drinking the stuff.
I feel your pain.
Why? Well, I drink rosé all year long. In fact, if there is not at least one bottle of rosé on the table at Thanksgiving, I throw a bit of a wine snob temper tantrum (I have perfected the ability to twirl my glass of Pinot Grigio with my arms crossed and a seemingly permanent scowl on my face that is half way between disapproving and constipation–it is quite impressive, if I do say so…).
So why am I publishing this piece now, just two days before summer’s biggest day?
Because I am weak.
For years (well, two) I have resisted the temptation to write the ubiquitous summer rosé wine review since, frankly, I did not want to pigeon-hole rosé into that “summer wine only” role (I was also not getting that many samples, but that is perhaps beside the point). Now? I really resisted writing this post, but, well, as I mentioned above…
…I am weak.
So here are a few rosé wines that I have sampled over the last few weeks, all of which I would buy to enjoy on the patio (if I had a patio) this summer (if I believed that rosés were only a summer beverage). But more to the point, I would not hesitate to drink any of these throughout the year.
2014 Les Domaines Paul Mas Vin de Pays d’Oc Côté Mas Aurore: Retail $10. One liter bottle. Twist off with a pale salmon in the glass–wonderful nose of melon, strawberry, and white flowers. On the palate, this is a delight: some fruit initially, followed by acidity, and then minerality. Given the price, the size, and the balance, I firmly place this in the “no-brainer” category. Very Good. 86-88 Points.
2014 Ponzi Pinot Noir Rosé: Retail $20. Faint pink with roses and a bit of melon. On the palate great acidity and restrained fruit with a good to great finish. Ponzi consistently puts out an outstanding product and this is no different. On my bucket list of places to visit on my next trip up to the Willamette Valley. Very Good to Outstanding. 88-90 Points.
2014 Mezzacorona Rosé Dolomiti: Retail $10 (100% Lagrein). I do not have a ton of experience with Lagrein, but what I have had, I really enjoyed, so I was really looking forward to this rosé. It did not disappoint. Pale salmon color with a lemony nose and a hint of strawberry, this did not show much fruit initially. On the palate, a decided grapefruit component with some tart red berry fruit. This is not the fruitiest rosé on the planet, but non-fruity rosés need loving too, and if you caress this just a bit, you will be rewarded. Very Good. 86-88 Points.
2014 Beso de Vino Garnacha Rosé Cariñena (Spain): Retail $11. Under Stelvin closure. Great fruit right of the bat, mostly strawberry, cherry, and a hint of citrus. Quite bright on the palate with all that great fruit sticking around, but held in check with the acidity. This is a really nice rosé for the money–really nice–at this price? I would buy a case, easily. Very Good. 87-89 Points.
2014 Stemmari Rosé Sicilia: Retail $10. 100% Nero d’Avola. Perhaps a bit darker than your average rosé, Expressive nose of red berry fruit, melon, and rose hips. Nice dry rosé on the palate with subtle fruit and vibrant acidity. Surprisingly lingering finish. For ten bucks? Another wine that I would buy in bulk and drink it whenever over the course of the year. Very Good. 87-89 Points.
2014 Vina Real Rosado: Retail $15. 85% Viura, 15% Tempranillo. I have been saying for a while that White Rioja might be the single most undervalued wine on the planet. Well, if this is any indication, rosés from Viura and Tempranillo might have to be added to that list. Rather muted nose with a hint of grapefruit. On the palate the grapefruit really comes through with a tangy dried apricot without the sweetness a tartness that is well-balanced with the fruit. Lingering finish. Very Good. Maybe more. 88-90 Points.