Every spring, the shower of newly available rosé wines seems to intensify, coming from all parts of world the and made from dozens of varieties of grapes. Here is a cross section, including still and sparkling pinks, most of them blends of varieties but with a few single-grape wines. So dig out the picnic baskets and grab the corkscrews – although some of these are easy-twist screwcaps.
Susana Balbo “Crios” Mendoza Rosé of Malbec 2015 ($13)
With a somewhat pungent nose, it is spicy, gamey with some red apple flavors.
Luigi Bosca Argentina “A Rosé Is a Rosé Is a Rosé” 2015 ($22)
Angels & Cowboys Sonoma County rosé 2015 ($16)
Very good structure with full fruitiness – tangy strawberries – and good finishing crispness.
Quivera Dry Creek rosé 2015 ($22)
Casillero del Diablo Valle Central Rosé Riserva 2015 ($11)
Lambertini Italian vino Spumate Rosé Extra Dry NV ($15)
A lighter and firmer bubbly with the lingering taste of preserved strawberries.
Ruffino Italian sparkling Rosé Extra Dry NV ($15)
A little sweet, but light on the palate with expressive bubbles and enjoyable fruitiness.
Castello Monaci “Kreos” Salento Negroamari Rosé IGT 2015 ($16)
Full, fruity with preserved strawberry and candied icing flavors – substantial body, yet delicate flavors.
Château Tourril “Havana” Minervois Rosé 2015 ($14)
Light, pastel flavors of wood strawberries with good finishing acidity – would go well with plain strawberries.
Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015 ($18)
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé 2015 ($25)
El Coto Rioja rose 2015 ($12)
DeMorgenzon “DMZ” Western Cape Cabernet Rosé 2015 ($11)
A different type of rosé that won’t appeal to all because of its green herbaceous, especially in the aromas, but certainly worth the experience.