Rosé …The Misunderstood Wine

Perhaps this post would be better timed for a spring release, but I just couldn’t wait that long.  The thing is I love Rosé.  Like most of you out there I thought Rosé was this sweet, low quality swill that is synonymous with White Zinfandel (sorry white zin fans).  I am here to set the record straight; Rosé is not that wine.  While the pink color may confuse you, real Rosé is not Blush and it is not typically sweet.  This summer I started sampling various Rosés and continue to sample them even now when the temperatures are falling.  Rosé or any wine for that matter can be drank anytime in my opinion.

Rosé is made from just about all of the red wine grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Grenache, Gamay, Malbec, Syrah and Cinsault.  Blends of the aforementioned varietals are common.  Most common to Rosé besides being dry is the strawberry aromas, light body and fruity character, though some have spicy and mineral attributes.  Coloring of Rosé varies from very light pink to some that could almost be considered a traditional red.  The darker Rosés do seem to have a more full bodied taste.  Rosé, while closer in character to a white wine still gives you many red wine flavors.  The appeal of Rosé tilts more toward white wine drinkers, but that shouldn’t stop red wine lovers from getting to know Rosé as I have.  The selection of Rosé in your local wine store or grocery store is the bigger challenge as Rosé is not as popular in the U.S. as in other parts of the world.  According to a 2007 article in Wine Enthusiast, “Rosé sales have now surpassed those of white wine within France”.  Next time you go to pick up your normal bottle of Chardonnay or Cab (you know who you are) expand your palate and try a Rosé.  Following is a list of recommended Rosés to get you started.  I am listing several to make it easier to find one and  allow you to try the differences in Rosé wines.  Price range is roughly $7-$14.   I just tasted the 2010 Brotte Les Eglantiers Rosé and it is awesome!!

2010 Chateau Cadillac Bordeaux Rosé (France)

2010 Borsao Rosé (Spain)

2010 Robert Hall Rosé de Robles (California)

2010 Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese (Washington St)

2010 Georges Vigouroux Pigmentum Rosé (France)  Says Malbec on front label.

2010 Brotte Les Eglantiers (Tavel Appellation France)

2010 McPherson Rosé of Grenache – Syrah (Texas)


One thought on “Rosé …The Misunderstood Wine

  1. I agree, Rose’s are so misunderstood but once you taste a good one- its truly wonderful. In Oregon some wine makers have been experimenting with Pinot Noir Rose. Sarver Winery in Eugene makes a phenomenal Pinot Noir Rose that tastes like guava with this fantastic juicy quality without the wine being sweet. I highly recommend it.

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