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The winegrowing estate of Chateau les Valentines is more than a century old. The estate originally brought their grapes to the local cooperative, but when Gilles and Pascale Pons took over in 1997, they decided to make their own wine. They built a modern winery and called the domaine "Les Valentines" after their children, Valentin and Clémentine. Château les Valentines now covers approximately 100 acres. The "Le Caprice de Clémentine" is part of the second range of wines coming from the estate. Moderately priced, it is a high quality Côtes de Provence m... Read More »
Sustainably grown, certified Qualisud. Bargemone is among the foremost estates of the Coteaux d’Aix, a small fine-wine district in the larger appellation of Provence. A benchmark producer of the delicious, dry rosé for which Provence is famous, the Commanderie was founded by the Knights Templar in the 13th century, and is home to a proud viticultural tradition with more than 160 acres of sustainably grown vineyards. Offering classic aromas of wild strawberries and red currants, with a light, floral character and a crisp, bone-dry palate, this is a rosé o... Read More »
Based in the Rioja Alta village of Badarán, Martínez Alesanco is a truly original bodega producing tasty, characterful wine for laughably low prices. They are entirely self reliant in grapes, all of which are grown in their home village of Badarán, one of the coldest zones of Rioja Alta. The vineyards are closer to the Sierra de la Demanda mountains, a range whose elevation and visible snow covered peaks are even more dramatic than the Sierra Cantabria range to the north. Martínez Alesanco's Rosado is made from Garnacha and white Viura grapes in a typic... Read More »
From Josh Raynolds on the 2013 vintage: "Bright orange-pink. Lively red berry and tangerine aromas show good clarity and a hint of white pepper. Tangy and light on its feet, offering bitter cherry and rhubarb flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. Finishes slightly tart, with an echo of peppery spices." (07/2014)
A Rhone-style blend with 70% Grenache Gris and Grenache Noir, and the balance equal parts of Mourvèdre, Carignan, and Cinsault, this fruity and delicious rose offers up aromas and flavors of fresh-picked strawberries and cherries, with tropical fruit accents. It makes a lovely aperitif with olive tapenade on toast, but is balanced and versatile enough to pair with a variety of dishes, from stir fry veggies and grilled fish to slow-cooked lamb with Moroccan spices or roast chicken seasoned with Provençal herbs. 12.5% abv.
100% Gamay from the heart of the Loire. A lovely pale pink color with hints of strawberry cream and spice on the nose. A very bright and cheerful style of rose with a nice crisp finish that is fantastically refreshing and easy to drink. I am seeing a lot of empty bottles of this going into my recycling bin over the next few months. (Eric Story, K&L Loire wines buyer)
Jancis Robinson: "* WINE OF THE WEEK* Feb 6th 2015: This wine, is to all intents and purposes, a great-value alternative to a dry, herby Bandol rosé. It’s made from the Bandol grape Mourvèdre and has just the same very pale orangey-pink colour, the full body and the dry, food-friendly finish. This is substantial, grown-up rosé that has nothing whatever to do with anything girly, even though the highly competent winemaker is female. (According to Nadia Barnard, only about 10% of winemakers in South Africa are women.) It’s not heavy but its low acid makes it taste quite sof ...Read More »
From Robert Sinskey's certified organic vineyards in Carneros, this Vin Gris of Pinot Noir is a rosé made the right way. Grapes were hand-harvested at night before being whole cluster pressed and vinified as rosé from start-to-finish rather than being bled off of a vat of crushed grapes destined to be a red. Fine Pinot Noir fruit from an excellent estate vineyard is dedicated to this limited bottling, and the results are never disappointing. From the winery: "This Vin Gris of Pinot Noir has a luminosity that cannot be pinned down with one or two descript... Read More »
The name of the estate is the first indication of its long, illustrious past. Located in the heart of Provence, near routes traveled by Crusaders in the early Middle Ages, the Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded by the Knights of Templar who were dedicated to protecting the Crusaders en route to, and in, the Holy Land. The first recorded harvest took place in 1256 and winemaking has continued uninterrupted throughout the centuries. When the Templars were brought down in 1311 by the King of France, who was nervous of their power and jealous of their weal... Read More »
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light orange. Ripe citrus fruits and strawberry on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Pliant and seamless in texture, showing good breadth and depth as well as vivacity. A touch of white pepper adds bite to the taut, refreshingly brisk, persistent finish." (6/2014) Wine & Spirits: "A project from Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata (of Olé Imports), Norrel Robertson, MW, (a Scot making wine in Spain) and Charles Bieler (of Bieler Père et Fils), this 'Provence-style' rosé is crisp and lean, with sour cherry fruit and light herbal notes. All proceeds go to the TJ Martell Found ...Read More »
From the winery: "The wine is bone dry at 12.7% alcohol, in a dashingly light shade of pale melon-pink and with an aromatic pro le of tangerine oil, pink grapefruit, and bing cherries. Cool-climate West Sonoma Coast vineyards give the wine its hallmark style, with the biodynamically farmed Bybee Vineyard in Sebastopol Hills making up the backbone for this wine." From Stephen Tanzer for the 2013 vintage: "Extremely pale pink. High-pitched strawberry and citrus zest scents show good clarity and a spicy note of white pepper. Light-bodied, emphatically dry c... Read More »
From the winery: "Like the last few years, this rosé comes from vines planted prior to 1940 (or perhaps we should say prior to FDR's third term). Picked specifically for rosé, at lower potential alcohol and whole-cluster pressed, this pale and perfumed rosé belies its lighter color and has plenty of density. It bears a strong resemblance to the 2010 and 2011, both of which are still showing nicely now. The backbone of the wine is the ancient Mourvedre--with all of its coniferous perfume and spice--with dashes of Cemetary Vineyard Carignane for salty crun... Read More »
From the winery: "With a gorgeous hue of pale pink, our 2014 Rosé jumps out of the glass with crisp red fruit flavors. The supple texture is backed by a vibrant freshness and appealing acidity, making this a wonderfully versatile food wine. The 2014 vintage started dry but abundant February rain came just in time to break the winter draught. Warm spring temperatures encouraged an early budbreak that kept vineyard development ahead of schedule through the entire season. Our harvest was condensed beginning September 3rd and concluding on September 24th. Fo... Read More »
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale orange. An assertively perfumed bouquet evokes raspberry, blood orange and Asian spices, with an intense floral quality and zesty minerality adding complexity. Dry and precise on the palate, offering sappy red berry, citrus fruit and floral flavors and a jolt of white pepper. Spicy and linear on the long, incisive finish, which leaves red fruit and floral notes behind. (ST)" (6/2014)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Clearly one of the greatest roses I have tasted over the last few years, Bedrock’s 2013 Ode to Lulu ranks alongside some of the fabulous dry roses made by Domaine de la M ...Read More »
90 points Antonio Galloni: "Light peach skin color. Fresh tangerine and peach aromas show a hint of white pepper. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering zesty citrus and pit fruit flavors that put on weight with air. Lingers with very good spicy intensity on the finish, which leaves a refreshingly bitter peach pit note behind." (3/2015) K&L Notes: From a relatively young project that just keeps impressing us, for flavor and quality, year on year. The nose on this fresh, pink wine is full of fresh fruit and lively berry aromas. Not too sweet, it has a great lifted floral character on the pal... Read More »
This blend—Pinot Noir, Portuguieser, with a touch of Dornfelder—was made by Frank Heyden, a second-generation winemaker who's shown much promise in crafting excellent wines from his family's highly rated vineyards in Rheinhessen. His classic wines really outperform for their price tag.
Following in the footsteps of another one of the D.O.'s more successful Txakoli producers, Txomin Etaniz recently began producing this delicious rosé. A little bit of fiz, some crunchy red fruits, and a lot to like in this rosé! Enjoy this with charcuterie, all manner of "conservas" (oil or vinegar cured fish and shellfish) cheeses, or even just on its own as it is one delicious wine for the warmer weather.
This light-bodied, crisp rosé is made from the Cinsault grape by winemaker Jeff Carrel, at the Espitalet des Anges domaine in Capestang, which is situated on the ruins of an ancient Roman villa. Enjoy it as an aperitif or with salads, seafood, and poultry.
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light orange-pink. Vibrant, mineral-accented redcurrant and strawberry aromas are complicated by notes of dried herbs, rose oil and orange peel. A saline quality underscores juicy red fruit flavors, which flesh out and deepen with air. Fresh and seamless in texture, finishing with superb clarity and length and repeating mineral and floral notes. I've had the chance to drink 30-year-old bottles of this wine, and while this one isn't quite as nervy as some other recent vintages, I'd cellar it for another seven to ten years with confidence and then decant i ...Read More »
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar for the 2012 vintage: "Pale orange. A wild, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes red berries, potpourri and tarragon, with smoke and mineral overtones. On the palate, sappy redcurrant and blood orange flavors are complemented by a deeper note of licorice that sneaks in on the back half. Finishes tangy and incisive, with the floral element echoing." (07/2013)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch comes from vines specifically used for rosé production and undergoes a cool fermentation and early bottling. It has a simple but clean red cherry and wet stone bouquet. The palate is crisp on the entry with red cherry and strawberry notes segueing into a brisk and vibrant finish. Fine. (NM)" (10/2014) K&L Notes: Always a top value in Rosé season! This is a dry, fresh, super drinkable Cabernet Sauvignon based Rosé that is great with Sushi. Fruit is picked early and gently crushed to preserve the bright acidity and purit... Read More »
Characterized by its bright pink color, this charming rosé from the Empordá region of Spain is made from 100% Black Grenache. With aromas of bright red fruits, a smooth, silky mouthfeel, and a long, fresh finish, it is the perfect match for appetizers, seafood, or better yet, an assortment of Spanish tapas!
Yep, 2014 rosé! Vintage is done and dusted in South Africa and this rosé is as fresh as they come! This Rhône-style blend of Cinsault, Syrah, and Grenache is produced from some of the oldest Cinsault and Grenache vines in South Africa, planted to the granitic soils of Kalmoesfontein in the 1950s. Crisp, dry and silky on the palate. Such a refreshing glass of wine. It is a unique, complex rosé with the flavor intensity and spice to stand up to a variety of grilled meats and veggies along with dishes driven by tomato-based sauces. Perfect for summer alfres... Read More »
Pascal Jolivet’s domaine covers 49.5 acres in Sancerre, with vineyards close to the villages of Bué, Verdigny and St Gemme. 8.6 acres are planted to Pinot Noir. The vineyards have chalky clay soils. The Sancerre Rose is a blend of direct press and "saignée" method (bleeding off of a portion of the juice from recently-crushed skins) rosé wine. The juice is produced from macerated Pinot Noir grapes that have not been sorted by hand or de-stemmed. The philosophy of the estate is to let nature take its course as much as possible.
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "* Editors' Choice * This is made from Pinot Noir grapes grown in two unlikely places in the Napa Valley: the Foss Valley near Atlas Peak and Spring Mountain. There is incredible deliciousness going on in this ever-so-lightly hued wine that is vibrantly crisp in grapefruit rind and earthy cranberry and raspberry. With the slightest salinity on the back palate, it remains thirst-quenching and memorable from start to finish." (6/2015)
Negroamaro (seldom Negro amaro), is a red wine grape variety native to southern Italy. It is grown almost exclusively in Puglia and particularly in Salento, the peninsula which can be visualised as the “heel” of Italy. Wines made from Negroamaro tend to be very rustic in character, combining perfume with an earthy bitterness. The grape produces some of the best red and rosè wines of Puglia, particularly when blended with the highly scented Malvasia Nera. While most varieties of Malvasia produce white wine, Malvasia nera is a red wine variety that is used... Read More »
Innocent Bystander's pale pink serve of Moscato is a refreshing sipper, offering delicious aromas of pink grapefruit, mandarin, cotton candy and toffee apples. On the off-dry palate, rhubarb crumble, cranberry, toffee apple and sherbet ice cream characters are lifted by a fresh acid zing and a gentle mouth-tingling fizz. This fun wine is sourced from two varieties of old-vine Muscat in the Swan Hill area of Northern Victoria. The classy bottle flaunts a crown seal to maintain absolute freshness and a lively spritz. Enjoy immediately (chilled down) or cel... Read More »
Clos Cibonne's special rosé bottling is 100% Tibouren sourced from 60+ year old vines instead of 30 years for the regular bottling. It is aged on the lees for 1 year before bottling, so it hits the market the year after the rosé wines from other estates. From the importer: "Intense color, on the nose it is spicy with hints of quince and roasted nuts. The palate is bold and fresh with a long finish."
The rule around the Heitz house has long been, the rosé must be ready by Easter! Wine enthusiasts have shared the Heitz Family's affection for this unique wine since 1961. The Grignolino (pronounced green-o-lean-o) Rosé is produced with a northern Italian varietal known in the Piedmont region as the "little strawberry." The original vineyard, since replanted to the Heitz home ranch, was called by its former owner, "The Only One." This rosé is typically fruity and enticing, but very dry on the palate, just the thing for spring salads with goat cheese, or ... Read More »
This wine is a collaboration between Charles Smith and Charles Bieler, both accomplished vintners who came together in 2008 to make world-class rosé in the Columbia Valley. 2014 was a hot vintage, tempered by a slightly cooler September. To maintian the tautness they were seeking in the wine, they sourced fruit from many cooler vineyard sites. From the winery: "Our 2014 Rosé is quite simply the most awesomely complex and complete Rosé we’ve made to date. The winemaking hasn’t changed a great deal over the years; so we attribute much of this complexity to... Read More »
Delicious pink wine, some of the first Nebbiolo rosé of the season. Pink like a perfect spring sunset. Pink like...an earthworm. Indeed, Proprietà Sperino, located in the historic district of Ori in northern Piedmont, also produces worm cast humus in its own production facility. Utilizing millions of Californian red earthworms, the facility produces a rich, organic humus full of microorganisms that make for a holistic and innovative approach to the use of fertilizer. The result of this intercontinental nexus of New World worms and Old World Nebbiolo know... Read More »
Decanter: "A blend of early-picked Chardonnay, late-picked Gewurztraminer and equally overripe Moscato Bianco, it is an unusual white, but in a very good way. Fragrant and juicy with the acidity brought by the winds off the Río de la Plata, it is a perfect summer aperitif. ("Decanter travel guide: Uruguayan coast")" (6/2014) K&L Notes: Produced from sustainably farmed Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and Moscato, this is a lovely white, with pretty stonefruit aromas leading to a juicy palate that maintains its freshness while displaying a subtly creamy texture. The folks who own this... Read More »
A dry but juicy, fruit foward rosé from Maimai Creek in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Rich, ripe nose of Strawberries, rose petals, butter cream, mint, orange peel and spice. Soft and juicy on the palate but finishes dry and fresh. Very easy to drink on a warm summers evening. Great value.
Here's a light, copper/salmon-hued, lively and fresh rosé from Tatomer, the up-and-coming Central Coast force for all wines good and Teutonic. Best known for Riesling, they've made this pink wine from 100% Spätburgunder, aka Pinot Noir, from the top of the John Sebastiano Vineyard.