Guys, rosé rules. There are no ifs, and, or buts about it. You’ve probably seen dudes rosé-ing all day, seen the pink wine sold in the forties, and most likely heard the term brosé at least once in your life by now (heck, people are even cooking with rosé). We’re not here to talk about any of that (not directly, at least). We’re here to talk about the wine itself and, more specifically, why you should be drinking it this spring and summer.
Here’s our list of the best rosé wines right now.
Best Rosé Wines
To get you started, here are ten different rosés we think you should try, whether you’re looking for a cheap international bottle or you just want a healthier drink for post-workout relaxation.
Dominio Del Rey Rosé Wine
An attractive rose wine, colored with ripe redcurrant hues. Aromas of red fruits with good intensity. On the palate surprisingly aromatic and fresh with a long finish.
Hahn Family Wines 2019 Rosé
A beaming Pinot Noir rosé from coastal northern California, this wine is made entirely in stainless steel. The Santa Lucia Highlands fruit ripens slowly thanks to nearby Monterey Bay, leading to an easy-drinking wine with notes of melon and citrus. In short, it’s pure and pillowy on the palate.
Alìe 2017 Frescobaldi
A dry summer and just enough spring rain made for an optimal growing season for this elegant rosé from Alìe, made from blending Syrah and Vermentino (grown near the sea in the coastal town of Maremma, Italy). Delicate on the top with wildflower, strawberry, and citrus peel, there’s an earthy mineral base that grounds the wine, making it a lengthy, complex drink. Don’t confuse this rosé with a light spritzer — it’s strong enough to hold its own. Pair with heavily spiced dishes.
Famille Perrin Reserve Côtes du Rhône 2019 Rosé
For the price, this wine more than delivers. It’s redolent with strawberry taffy, rose petals, and bubble gum, boasting aromatics that can’t be contained in the glass. Essentially, it sums up all of the best pink flavors in one harmonious, spring-ready wine. Provence may be more widely known for its rose, but the Rhone can produce bargains with just as much gravity.
Corollary 2017 Momtazi Carbonic Rosé
Oregon sparkling continues its upward ascension with this tasty offering. Sourced from Momtazi Vineyard, a fantastic Willamette Valley site, the wine is berry-driven and a little wild, with an added freshness that tends to shadow the carbonic maceration approach. Northwest winemakers have long appreciated the vineyard for its character-driven Pinot Noir and this wine reflects such collective sentiment, with the added joy of bubbles.
M de Minuty Rosé 2019
A dry rosé that stands out with aromatic peach and candied orange, this more translucent pink wine, M de Minuty Rosé 2017, is the epitome of a perfect, fresh summer rosé (probably because it’s French). The light and bright color is the result of blending Grenache and Cinsault, forming a nose packed with intense orange peel and red currant aromas. That being said, Minuty is smooth in the mouth with a nice acidic crispness. Perfect with fresh-caught prawns and apricot pie. The slim bottle adds a touch of modern.
Raimat Rosada Rosé 2018
If you’re new to the wine game in general, let us tell you a secret: You can get a bunch of great bottles for under $15. In fact, most women don’t like spending tons of dough on their rosé, and neither should you. The Spanish Raimat Rosada rosé is $12 a bottle but tastes out of your budget. The 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Tempranillo rosé is pleasant and fresh (not too acidic), and sustainably grown — which you usually have to pay extra for. Pour a glass alongside a plate of pasta.
Tenuta di Fessina Erse Etna 2018 Rosato
This volcano wine from Mt. Etna in Italy is a broad spectrum flavor, full of appealing tension. There’s pomegranate, earth, and vibrant acidity with a slight saline quality. It proves the vast worth of the Nerello Mascalese grape, which is fantastic as a red but also attention-grabbing as a pink wine (although it’s quite dark for a rosé). The Etna Rosato has the proper amount of funk, just enough to complement fellow flavors and stand out from the large rosé herd.
Isenhower Cab Franc Rosé 2017
Cab Franc makes for a glass of great red wine, but it might be even better as a rosé. This one from Washington has pronounced berry and rhubarb flavors and is made in the Loire style. In other words, minimal skin contact but a surprising amount of color and flavor. Rosé doesn’t have to be overly complex nor does it have to be boring. Isenhower’s falls somewhere in between.
Folk Machine Gamay Noir Rosé
This offering from Hobo Wine Company in California is made for spicy Thai food. Made entirely from Gamay Noir, the wine is full of red fruit, a bit of earth, and enough tannin to take on most entrees. The alcohol content is nice and low at around 10%, making it an ideal choice for afternoon sipping. It’s even bottled in a vessel made with a decent amount of recycled material and wears one of the better-looking labels out there. Gamay Noir is no longer just juice for Beaujolais, it’s dynamic and delicious in all kinds of forms.
Maal Ambiguo La Joven 2018 Blanco de Malbec
Malbec isn’t just the bold red we associate with steaks and toasts. Here’s an interesting take from Argentina, with a hit of pepper and a persistent and intriguing tanginess. Equal parts fruity and savory, it’s a fun rosé to match with smoked or spicy dishes or even brinier fare like conserves. The Ambiguo is an unexpected delight, equipped for al fresco dining.
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