Our Favorite Roses

What to try when your favorite rose lets you down!


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Our Favorite Roses Rose present a particular problem for the wine lover. they appear, and then POOF, they’re gone. I know that we look forward to our favorite roses each summer season, hoping that they live up to the expectations created by memories of last year’s delights. But what happens when your favorite rose turns out to be a dud this year?

We’ve asked our favorite wine writers to help offer some guidance to the rose lovers out there. Each one has suggested a rose and in fact it’s the rose they look forward to trying each year. A proven crop of winners with gems for every palate just waiting to be discovered. So dive in and while you’re at it, leave us a comment and share your favorite rose of the year!

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  • 2013 Kokomo Grenache Rosé Pauline’s Vineyard (Retail $24). I am a huge fan of rosé, and like most people who are fans of the style, I drink it year-round. I also get really excited when I find a wine that is made from grapes that are farmed to be a rosé (and not a saignée—wine that is bled off of a red wine after a brief contact with the skins). The difference? Dedicated rosés for me offer deeper flavors and more complexity. They also tend to be longer lasting—they can be kept for several years without fear of losing their vibrancy.

    The fruit comes from Pauline’s Vineyard, where Randy Peters was born and is named after his late mother—I imagine the vines are rather well-maintained. After a whole berry press, the juice goes through a long, cool fermentation in stainless steel, thus retaining the natural characteristics of the fruit.

    In the glass, the wine is a very light salmon, which Erik Miller (owner and winemaker at Kokomo) stated “was to let people know we were serious.” On the nose, it reminded me of a strawberry rhubarb pie, one of my all-time favorites. The strawberry continues onto the palate where it was immediately clear that Erik got it right—this is a serious wine. Rich and complex with an impressive finish, this wine will convert even the most steadfast cynic into a rosé lover. Outstanding. 91-93 Points. thedrunkencyclist.com

    Jun 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

  • I tasted this wine at the North Coast Tasting on Father's Day. It knocked my socks off...very rich and complex and an easy mid-nineties score. Drink this from Easter to Thanksgiving, the perfect wine for all foods. Cheers!

    Jun 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM

  • Enjoyed the rose' comments and reviews. Whispering Angel is my favorite and that Kokomo sounds delicious. I tend to drink rose' in warmer weather but I think it's time to go for it all year.

    Jun 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM

  • Snooth User: wine1
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    Thanks to Mary Cressler for the shout-out for our Grenache Rosé! As The Drunken Cyclist mentions, we have a dedicated rosé program here at the winery and vineyards. We farm specific blocks of our estate Grenache for our rosé wine versus our red wine program. It has brought us much success. Pink wine rocks!

    Jun 20, 2014 at 5:52 PM

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