It’s cool to drink rose all summer and yes, even in the fall. But you’ll do your patriotic duty to taste these little sips to celebrate the 4th of July.
Adega Vinho Estate Rose of Mourvèdre 2021, “Bilger Family Vineyards”, Texas. The Lone Star State has entered into its own bearing roses, many of which make terrific partners from late summer through fall. This is one of them: a deeper, spicier style of rose. The barrel fermented five times deep (pull out a steak for this one). Only 150 cases produced; order directly from the cellar.
Barnard Griffin Rose of Sangiovese, 2021, Columbia Valley, Washington. A darker rose that seduced our tasting panel, garnet color, very dry, white flowers and fresh strawberry on the nose. The tangy hue gives interest.
Buckel Family Wine 2021, Colorado. A tropical expression of the rose from Colorado’s far western wine country. Guava and strawberry are joined by cranberry and the overall expression is savory and earthy with a hint of rhubarb. Grapes from Washington State.
Diora “La Belle Fête” rosé from Pinot Noir 2021, Monterey. Not a typical fruity rose with a salt-inflected mineral profile; tasty and plant-based yet fresh and usable.
Dove Hunt Dog 2020, Rose of Pinot Noir, California. Fun dog hunting themed label in this slightly off-dry rose with red fruits. Medium bodied, so bring it to the barbecue.
Dutcher Crossing “Winemaker’s Cellar” pink 2021, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma. Made from small batches of grapes sourced from growers, a very light copper color and a nose that reminded me of late summer strawberry jam. Cool but not light, so save it for wet or dry rubbed ribs or burgers.
Gran Moraine Rose de Pinot Noir 2021, Yamhill-Carlton (Oregon). Fresh raspberries and strawberries and lots of jumpy pink grapefruit pith in this tangy, fresh and lively wine. Pretty and nice and a little earthy and savory, so you’ll want to pair it.
Frances Ford Coppola “Diamond Collection” pink Pinot Noir 2020, Geyserville (Napa). Light coral pink, a bit one-dimensional but a good entry point for young major drinkers or for a pool party for all ages.
Hampton Water. Created and branded by rocker Jon Bon Jovi and his son as a lifestyle wine for the Hamptons summer set. A collaboration with the French winemaker and champion of biodynamics Gérard Bertrand, it’s a touch of freshness for the pool.
Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve Rose 2020, California. A very useful and enjoyable quaff from a mega grower. Tangy strawberry and a hint of raspberry. Clean, direct and well done – doesn’t try to be what it isn’t and I appreciate that.
La Crema Rose de Pinot Noir 2021, Monterey. Slightly darker than a Provencal style, it has a slightly dry profile, like cotton candy, but also blood orange, watermelon hems and ends like a tangy fruit bowl. Good with Asian cuisine or maybe Korean BBQ to offset the off-dry profile.
Lang & Reed rose de Cabernet France 2021, Napa Valley. Only 25 cases made of this garden soil wine. Very tasty with thyme and rhubarb in the lead, ending with a ripe strawberry. Medium-bodied, this will work well with grilled prawns, heavier summer dishes, but also with a salad of sweet ripe tomatoes with feta and dolmas.
Maddalena Estate Reserve Pink 2021, Paso Robles. A Graciano-focused blend (52%) that also includes Syrah, Primitivo, Grenache and Tempranillo, Sweet Raspberry and Strawberry is a bit neutral and needs a little boost of a charcuterie plate.
Malene Rose 2021 Central Coast. A sparkling-coppery-shiny wine with raspberry and watermelon. A little neutral, so drink, don’t think. Nothing wrong with that.
Noble Wines 525 Rosé 2021, Central Coast. Clean and light, fresh strawberries, good value at $12. Screw cap bottle, so take it with the Hibachi to the beach.
Ram’s Gate Rose from Pinot Noir (2021), Sonoma. A tastier Provençal impostor, light seashell pink in color and a lovely fruity blend of summer berry freshness: bursts of cherries, raspberries and strawberries that arrive on the mid-palate. A slightly heavier feel on the palate means you can have it with more robust summer dishes – barbecue, roast meats and vegetables.
Seghesio Family Vineyards Rosato 2021 “Home Ranch Vineyards”, Alexander Valley (Sonoma). Made from 50% Aliganico and 50% Barbera, this is a peach-based rose with a hint of wild strawberry and lots of pink grapefruit. Both spicy and salty, so pair it with grilled food, preferably the roasted vegetable dish (you have that, don’t you?)
Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Franc rosé 2021, Columbia Valley. The notes of herbs and green pepper are the notes that define this wine. Clean and fresh with acidity, but with its earthy/savory undertone, you’ll want it with food. Delicious with roasted corn on the cob and grilled sausages.
Sofia [Coppola] California Carbonated Raw Rose. Comes in a pretty 187ml box, it’s a fun bubbly on the go with a burst of fresh strawberries. Bring it to the inflatable pool, the Galvanized Millennial Feeder, or pack it and go! The 2018 vintage in bottle has lovely table etiquette and a lovely dry, strawberry-focused expression.