Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve probably looked around a noticed a lot of rosy wine swirling inside a lot of glasses. That’s because not only is it summertime – it’s rosé season. And if that in itself doesn’t just tickle you pink, the impeccable quality of the 2015 vintage will.
But while the quality of wines harvested in 2015 turned out to be fantastic, due to certain hurdles throughout the season – such as the heatwave in France – the inventory on these bottled beauties is low. So sip on as many 2015 rosés while you can before this fabulous vintage is nothing but a tasty memory.
Made in a Southern French style from organically grown Carignan vines, this magenta toned rosé is like a summer fruit bowl of watermelon, raspberry and lemon squeeze. It’s clean and refreshing on the palate while carrying a subtle undertone of earthiness. And if there is one thing the folks at Frog’s Leap know well, it’s how to make incredibly drinkable wines at prices that can beat just about any of their neighboring wineries.
CVNE – Cune Rosado 2015 – $12
Now this is what you call an old school rosé. Made in a true Rioja style, it is 100% Tempranillo and sits on the skins for 24–48 hours so there’s no hiding the wine’s vivid ruby hue. But don’t let that deter you. This rosé is full of life with crisp acidity and notes of red cherry, blood orange and a distinct sense of the region’s calcareous minerality. There has always been a brightness and precision to Cune Rosado that made it irresistible to the generations before us and still lives on today.
This charming belle from Southern France is made from a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Cinsault, and a 10% mix of Carignan and Grenache. It exudes the blend’s harmonious quality with perfumes of strawberry, lavender and fennel along with gentle hints of white pepper on the finish. This rosé is simple and easy drinking, but also has an undeniable finesse that makes it a perfect pairing for summer dishes or enjoyable all on its own.
Dry Creek Valley, California
A wonderful rosé made from 100% Cabernet Franc, its pale rose gold hue is an excellent precursor to its highly refreshing style. It expresses aromas of juicy strawberry, red cherry and honeysuckle while on the palate is an underlying sense of minerality from the illustrious Rockpile AVA. This wine is the perfect summer sipper for a hot day out by the pool or a warm night underneath the stars.
Russian River Valley, California
While it may be rather limited in production, this fruit-driven rosé of Pinot Noir is definitely worth a taste (or many) if you come across a bottle. It offers a nicely balanced structure and lively acidity alongside ripe notes of cherry, redcurrant, and a long citrusy finish. This wine is a very fine representation of the Russian River Valley’s distinguished character of vibrant fruit and intensity.