Just a few years ago no one wanted to drink Rosés for fear they would end up with overly sweet wines that did little to refresh in the summer heat. But Rosés are becoming more and more appreciated as the perfect summer beverage, and we have a few favorites from West Coast producers we think are ideal for al fresco dining on warm July evenings.
2013 DeFerrari Pinot Noir Rosé, Oregon, $15 – Made from Pinot Noir sourced in the Yamhill Carlton AVA, this beautiful rosé has a fresh and floral nose with hints of dried cranberries, white pepper, ginger and stone fruit. On the palate it is silky with a ripe cherry finish.
2014 Angels & Cowboys Rosé, California, $15 – Angels & Cowboys is a collaboration between the co-founders of Cannonball Wine Company, Yoav Gilat and Dennis Hill, and Northern California graphic artist, Michael Schwab. Their Rosé has bright, mineral and ethereal aromas with hints of pink grapefruit, white peach and spicy floral notes. In taste, the wine is lively and racy with flavors of citrus blossoms, pink grapefruit and mineral. On the palate, the Rosé is vibrant with acidity, with deliciously great length and just enough texture to enjoy with or without food accompaniment.
2014 Gilbert Cellars Rosé, Washington, $17 – In the tradition of the great Rosés of Bandol, this 58% Mourvèdre and 42% Grenache blend from the 24K Vineyard was intentionally fermented cold in order to retain its delicate rose petal aromatics and bright fruit character. It is dry and crisp, perfect for any occasion. Grapefruit, peach and kiwi fruits are prominent, framed within a fragrant character reminiscent of rose petals and pollen. The palate opens with a soft, somewhat creamy texture that is framed within, and almost lifted by, the wine’s well integrated acidity.