Rosés come around just once a year. This is lamentable or not, depending on your opinion of them. With such a sudden influx, it’s imperative that I taste as many as possible as quickly as possible.
This is the first round-up of rosés from the summer of 2012. You can expect another in several weeks, but these 40 wines, along with the dozen or so previously tasted, should give you plenty of ideas for wine to enjoy now.
This was a very strong set of wines with nine scoring 90 points or above in a myriad of styles. I was a bit surprised by how well the rosés of Pinot Noir fared here, taking the top two spots and three of the top nine. The rest of the field is made up of all sorts of grapes yielding all sorts of styles for you to pick and choose from.
A mineral Zweigelt perhaps, or a rich petit Sirah? How about a meaty Syrah or structured Rhone blend, or a funky Malbec? Still not biting? Then how about that Prieto Picudo?
Yes, there really is something for just about everyone here. Dive right in and check out the rosé round-up, or take a pick at the list of top wines, wines tasted on 6/18, or some fun rosés for your next backyard BBQ.
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2011 Wine by Joe Jose’s Rosé of Pinot Noir Oregon 12.5%
Lychee, bitter melon, candied cherry, lime zest, watermelon, hints of banana, gummy bears and eucalyptus gush out of the glass here. After time some of that exuberant fruit does fade, leaving this in the mint, banana, lime end of the spectrum, with the red fruits remaining. Lovely mouth-filling texture makes this somewhat large-scaled with dusty tannins adding textural detail and fine acidity lying just below the fruit, keeping things fresh, bright and lively. The fruit is soft and subtle, almost creamy with big strawberry notes on the palate and dusty raspberry and lime adding complexity on the fairly long finish. This really does have everything. 92pts
2011 Alexana Rosé of Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Oregon 12.6%
This is soft and subtle on the nose with a really attractive array of sweet berry, pollen/floral, lightly candied carob and candied fruit zest aromas. Bright and uber fresh in the mouth, this packs in a lot of zesty strawberry fruit that’s a touch simple but shows lovely purity. There’s a whisper of sweetness on the finish but the vibrant acidity balances it out very well, though it does lend the finish a certain bubblegum character. This is really lovely and has wonderful intensity of fruit. 91pts
2011 Gobelsburger Cistercien Rosé Austria 12%
Softly fruity on the nose with a nice forest floor, floral undercurrent along with creamy suggestions of raspberries dusted with a hint of talc. Focused and sapid in the mouth with an early rush of almost salty minerality that adds decisive cut to the gently fruity palate. A noticeable touch of sweetness here helps to accentuate the strawberry fruit of the palate that leads to a fairly long, quite mineral finish. Easy drinking in style yet with wonderful minerality and nervous tension. 91pts
2011 Guado al Tasso Scalabrone Rosato Bolgheri Italy 12.5%
Fairly floral on the nose with tarry notes of saffron accenting dark, almost plummy fruit that shows some basil stem and tomato leaf aromas. Translucent on the palate with wonderful framing acidity and nice layered flavors of tart plum, red currant and wild strawberry. These drive across the fairly long finish, joined by decisive quartzy mineral notes and a faint undertone of almost bitter apple skins. This is really lovely with near perfect texture. 91pts
2011 Chapoutier Cotes-du-Rhone Rosé Belleruche France 13%
The nose here is lovely with early suggestions of orange peel and grapefruit joined by light black currant and spicy strawberry aromas. Fairly light-bodied, this doesn’t lack for structure. A nice peppering of tannin in the mouth and sufficient acidity keep the lightly spicy raspberry and strawberry fruit lively. There’s a nice burst of spice and pomegranate on the back end that transitions to a moderately long finish of spice and fruit, ending on a citrus peel note. This is a bit dry and severe, just the way I like it. 90pts