The Best Roses

GDP's top 4 rose lists of the year


I often get asked what the best wines are. In all honesty, that is a question without an answer. I can tell you which I think are the best wines of any given category, but even there you have producers who shine some years and stumble the next, and others who sporadically make exceptional wines.

How can you build an answer? You have to take two criteria into account: quality and consistency, with maybe a bonus point or two thrown in for style. Then you build a list based on probability. So, that’s what I’ve done.

While I’ll have tasted about 100 rosés by the end of this week, the results of this year’s tastings only yield a best rosés of the year list. I can’t and am not able to taste every rosé each year, but over the years I’ve found that certain producers do tend to shine with some regularity.

I’ve built three lists based on these producers, one each for France and Italy, with a third hosting a mixed basket of regions. I’m not saying that you are guaranteed to love each and every one of these wines, that would be foolish, but I am saying that these are producers that you should look out for and try.

The best way to know what the world’s best producers of any wine are is to try them for yourself and record your impressions. We certainly afford you the opportunity to do that here on Snooth, but if you just want to keep track of the wines you’ve liked, you can do that as well. Just build your own lists! It’s easy and fun to keep track of your favorites.

I would love to see what your favorite rosés are so that next year when this question arises again, I can publish my own lists as well as the list of yours. A Snooth super users list of rosés! Let’s get started!

Photo courtesy of WineCoMN via Flickr/cc

Top Rosés Tasted This Year

France’s Best Rosés

Italy’s Best Rosés

Top Roses From Around the World

Robert Sinskey Vineyards Pinot Noir Carneros Three Amigos Vineyard (2011)
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R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rosado (1997)
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Soter North Valley Highland Rose Soter Vineyards Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Chardonnay (2011)
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Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis Rose (2011)
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Channing Daughters Winery Refosco Rosato (2010)
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Edmunds St. John Bone-Jolly Rose (2011)
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Dr. Konstantin Frank Pinot Noir Dry Rose (2010)
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Crios de S. Balbo Malbec Rosé (2011)
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Cune Rosado (2011)
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Apaltagua Apaltua Rose of Carmenere (2011)
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  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    92549 196,580

    I love the addition of the Channing Daughter's Rosé, I often feel they get lost in the sauce with the the number of different offerings they have. Next week I'll be doing an Orange Wine tasting and I have a Channing Daughter Ramato in the mix. They certainly deserve the attention.

    Jun 21, 2012 at 3:00 PM

  • Snooth User: aohearn
    158000 5

    I am not so big on Channing Daughter wines although I did like the orange wines. I really love Wolffer's Grandiose Rose - a bit better......and I find their regular Rose to be a great buy for the money.

    Jun 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

  • Snooth User: frenchie1
    393608 510

    What!! Not one French Rose in this list!!! I can't believe it!! Have you tried Chateau d'Esclans?

    Jun 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM

  • Snooth User: jimb
    91775 1

    Domaine de la Mordoree Tavel Rose...where is it?

    Domaine de Tempier Rose from Bandol...where is it?

    These two are the best in the world in my opinion.

    Jun 27, 2012 at 6:03 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,748

    Uhm, for you people looking for French Roses i would suggest reading the list entitled France's Best Roses!

    Jun 28, 2012 at 1:39 AM

  • Snooth User: frenchie1
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    "Uhm", the list was entitled "Top roses from around the world"! Why does that exclude French roses just because you had an article about just French roses! Top list should include wines from everywhere you find top wines. That is what I am reacting to: omitting French wines from the "top" list! Questionable omission, Gregory, IMHO.

    Jun 28, 2012 at 2:23 AM

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