Memorial Day 2019
Run for the Rosés
By Kathleen Todaro
It’s warm-weather season and that means the release of all the new 2018 rosés, from all around the world. Rosés come in many colors, from the very lightest of pale pink to the almost purple-hued wines, and from the light, simple sippers to more complex food wines. The choices are vast and become more so every year.
PAUL JABOULET AINE COTES DU RHÔNE PARALLELE 45 ROSÉ
Sourced exclusively from two certified-organic family farms, this is a beautifully fresh and mineral-driven Rhône rosé with floral notes of wild berries, white pepper and cherries. It is made from a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. The Grenache adds aromatic red fruits, the Cinsault keeps the wine light on its feet, and Syrah adds structure and spice.
ISABELLE GARRAULT SANCERRE ROSÉ LES GRAND MONTS
The grapes for this wine are grown in the Sancerre village of Verdigny. This is a direct-press rosé, fermented and aged in in stainless-steel tanks for a racy acidity and crisp, fresh red berry fruit.
MAS DE GOURGONNIER LES BAUX DE PROVENCE ROSÉ
This is a perennial favorite. This wine has been certified organic since 1975. The Cartier family hand-harvests its pristine grapes and ferment them in stainless-steel tanks for a remarkably fresh and lively Provence rosé. It is 63% Grenache, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Mourvèdre.
CHATEAU DE PIBARNON BANDOL ROSE
The terraced vineyards of Chateau de Pibarnon face the sea on the top of a hill that reaches 300 meters.
Widely regarded as one of the finest rosés in Bandol. This is a more complex rosé, which is capable of aging. It is made from 60% Mourvèdre and 40% Cinsault.
This is a refreshing and easygoing rosé coming from the high elevation in the north end of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The grapes there struggle for ripeness, making it ideal for rosé production.
NORTH VALLEY BY TONY SOTER VINEYARDS PINOT NOIR ROSÉ
The North Valley Pinot Noir Rosé from the Willamette Valley shows floral aromas with accents of tangerine peel and freshly crushed strawberry. Dry, seamless and weightless, with focused pure fruit.
Cultivar’s rosé from Napa Valley is a pale pink salmon color with aromas of Pink Lady apples and rosé petals. The palate offers lively, expansive flavors of strawberry and cherries.
Banshee sources this rosé from biodynamically farmed sites in Mendocino County planted with Barbara, Grenache, and Syrah. Each variety adds subtle elements that combine to make a wine that is racy and elegant. Pale coral in color, with aromas of ripe strawberry and freshly cut watermelon, this crisp rosé is bursting with juicy pink grapefruit and blood orange.
HERMANN J. WIEMER DRY ROSÉ
This dry rosé is sourced from Pinot Noir grown on the slopes of Seneca Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes. Selections are made by hand, both in the vineyard and in the winery, resulting in a rosé with balanced ripeness and refreshing complexity.
SCHLOSS GOBELSBURG SCHLOSSKELLEREI GOBELSBURG CISTERCIEN ROSÉ
This delicious rosé is always a favorite! Sustainable and estate-grown Zweigelt and St. Laurent are pressed and fermented in stainless steel, producing a wine that is fresh and fruit forward, but with elegance and minerality.
PROPRIETARY SPERINO ROSA DEL ROSA ROSATO
This is a delicious dry, well-balanced wine, with wild strawberry and dark cherry flavors, good crisp acidity and minerality. Sperino offers more complexity than some rosés, which makes it a great dinner wine. Pair with beef, veal, lamb, hard cheeses and mushrooms.
Rosé is one of the nation’s favorite drinks to toast to the upcoming summer. It has also become the top choice for sipping on the porch, taking along on a picnic, or pairing with your favorite summer meal.
Please drink responsibly!