They say the first step is to admit you cannot control your compulsion…here it is then…I am a Rosé fiend! Not only are Rosés my hands down favorite during the warmer months of the year, I enjoy Rosé pretty much all year-round because it’s such a versatile food friendly wine. For example last week, on the hottest day of Summer 2011, so far, I made Chipotle-Rubbed Flank Steak w/Gorgonzola Sauce. I wanted a chilled wine because it was hot, but also a wine that would stand up to the meatiness of the steak, the spiciness of the spice rub, and the brininess of the Gorgonzola cheese sauce. A Rosé from Spain was just the ticket and paired wonderfully with the dish.
I’ve been on a serious “Rosé Run” between the beginning of May and now; having tasted at least 25 Rosés from California, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. With that brief, but salient background, here are my Top 10 Rosés of 2011…at least so far…I’m sure I’ll be trying more throughout the summer!
First, the method to my madness:
- The wines are ranked in inverse order.
- If I scored wines the same, price is the tiebreaker, with the lower priced wine being ranked higher.
- For more detailed information including the region from which the wine comes, grape varietal(s), more detailed tasting notes/comments, and a Wine-Searcher.com link to find the wine, click on linked name of the wine.
Here we go…
10. 2010 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis - Spain. Pink with silver hue color of watermelon flesh. Strawberry, and wet stone aromas. On the palate, bone dry, light-bodied, and fizzy with mouth-watering acidity, with strawberry, mineral, and citrus flavors. Medium finish. (88 pts) – $21
9. Frick Winery Cinsault Rosé - California. Dark pink with a reddish hue. Strawberry, and tart cherry aromas. On the palate, between dry and off-dry, medium bodied, with a trace of tannins, and strawberry, cherry, spice, and a touch of pomegranate flavors. Medium finish (88 pts) - $19
8. 2010 Quivira Rosé North Coast - California. Faded pink color. Strawberry and spice aromas. On the palate, closer to off-dry than dry, and approaching medium bodied with strawberry, melon and spice flavors aroma. Short finish. (88 pts) – $17
7. 2010 Château d’Esclans Cotes de Provence Whispering Angel - France. Very light salmon pink with a copper hue. Offers melon, and mineral aromas. On the palate light bodied, and dry with not quite ripe melon, citrus, and little bit of earthy flavor. Medium finish. (89 pts) - $17
6. 2010 Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris de Cigare - California. Salmon color with raspberry, and mineral aromas. On the palate light bodied, balanced with strawberry, melon, apricot flavors. Medium finish. (89 pts) – $15
5. 2010 Dashe Cellars Vin Gris - California. Deep strawberry red color. Strawberry, dried cherry, and spice aromas. On the palate, balanced with lush mouth feel with lively strawberry, cherry, spice and mineral flavors. Medium-long finish. (89 pts) - $14
4. 2010 Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado - Spain. Light pink color with pale orange hue. Strawberry, apricot and melon aromas. On the palate, dry with medium acidity, moderately complex. Tangy with strawberry, orange/tangerine, and mineral flavors. Medium finish. (89 pts) - $13
3. 2009 Bonny Doon Vineyards A Supposedly Clever Winemaking Protocol I’ll…Ca’ del Solo - California. Bright strawberry red color with pale orange hue with strawberry, and melon aromas. On the palate, medium bodied with a hint of tannins, good acidity, and juicy strawberry, melon, and just a bit of kiwi flavors. Barrel-fermented. Brought to mind a chilled light bodied red wine. Medium finish. (90 pts) - $16
2. 2010 François Chidaine Touraine Val de Loire - France. Lovely light salmon pink color with wild strawberry, floral, and faint dusty aromas. On the palate, complex and tart with lively acidity, and strawberry, tart berry, and orange flavors. Medium long finish. (90 pts) – $13
1. 2010 Bedrock Wine Co. Mourvèdre Ode to Lulu Rosé - California. Gorgeous eye of the partridge color with fragrant raspberry, white peach, wet stone, and floral aromas. On the palate, approaching medium bodied, dry with wonderful acidity, and mouth feel, with spicy white peach, citrus and mineral flavors. Medium-long finish (91 pts) - $20
Although, my Top 10 is dominated by Cali Rosés, that’s because I prefer to taste before I buy, and my proximity to Northern California’s wine regions affords me the opportunity to do that. Of course, I’m also up for trying wine recommended by other “Winos” I trust, and that’s how I was introduced to a few of the wines.
Not only is the my list dominated by Cali wines, I noted that all but one of the wines is made from various Rhone varietals (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, or Cinsault among a few others), and that’s not happenstance. I think Rhone varietals add a layer of spiciness to the wines that I really enjoy.
Do you have a favorite Rosé? If so, leave me a comment! I’m always looking to try something new, and the Summer is young!!