As readers of this space already know, I moved to Houston just over two years ago. And it would not be news to almost anyone that it is rather hot in Houston during the summer and rather temperate the rest of the year. Thus, drinking rosé all year-long in Houston is not a stretch if you see pink-tinted wines as a summer-only type of wine.
Well, I also lived in Philadelphia for over 16 years and drank rosé all year there as well. Why? Simple: it’s tasty. While one would not hesitate to pop a crisp white while snow might be just around the corner, neither should one hesitate to pull a bottle of pink when St. Nick is about to shimmy down the chimney.
With that in mind, here are a few bottles of rosé that from the Terlato Wines portfolio that should be at the ready anytime of year:
2017 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé: Retail $15. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah. I am not entirely certain, but I believe this is one of the first samples I received to review on this site way back when. That would make this the fifth (?) vintage that I have reviewed. While there have been a host of changes in my blog and in my personal life (I still can’t believe I live in Texas), the fact that this is one of the best values in rosé on the market has remained constant. Fresh and tart red berry fruit on the nose and the palate, this vibrant pink wine under screw-cap is refreshing, vibrant, and delicious. Its consistency is not all that surprising, though, given the producer: Chapoutier is the standard-bearer for most of the south of France. Very Good to Outstanding. 89-91 Points.
2017 Mathilde Chapoutier Grand Ferrage, Côtes de Provence, France: Retail $18. Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Syrah, Rolle. Daughter of the omnipresent and renowned Michel Chapoutier (see above). Vibrant pale pink with a slight orange tint, with red berry fruit (strawberry and cherry) a bit of minerality, and even a shade of funk (I love the funk). From the onset, the tartness is at the forefront–bright watermelon and even some melon, a touch of minerality, and a fruity finish. Delightful. Very Good to Outstanding. 89-91 Points.
2017 Conde Valdemar Rosé Rioja: Retail $15. 65% Garnacha and 35% Viura. Under screw, and I believe the Garnacha in this wine is saignée. This might be shocking to some, but I have never set foot in Rioja. I know, weird. My days as a european cycling guide never took me there (since I speak nary a word of Spanish) and as of yet, my work as a wine writer has not landed me in Spain (much less Rioja). Hopefully that will change as I am a big fan of the region’s wines, particularly the whites and rosés. Pale salmon in the glass with red berry fruit, rose petals, and slight hint of funk (I love the funk) on the nose, this is simply delightful. Great fruit, fantastic acidity, and a lengthy finish. For the price? Yowza. Outstanding. 90-92 Points. (See? I can like a saignée).
2017 Sanford Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills, CA, Estate: Retail $18. Medium pink. Another one where the fruit is hiding on the nose. There is a white flower aspect with some cherry right at the back. The fruit shows up (somewhat) on the palate—mostly a very tart cherry. There is also plenty of acidity and a touch of salinity. Very Good to Outstanding. 88-90 Points.
2017 Anthonij Rupert Protea Dry Rosé, South Africa: Retail $15. 52% Mourvèdre, 35% Cinsault, 7% Grenache, 6% Shiraz. Another region that I have yet to visit, South Africa has been producing quality wines for centuries and is still struggling to recover from the isolation of the apartheid era sanctions. Quite pale with a pinkish orange hue, and notes of strawberry, white flower, and plenty of citrus. The palate is reserved and refreshing, with plenty of chalky fruit, racy acidity, and a juicy finish. Hot late summer in South Texas? Not much better than this. Very Good to Outstanding. 88-90 Points.