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.

Summertime Rosé


8 Great Rosés for a Barbeque


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