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Mar 26, 2007 01:00 PM

Any Rose` recommendations?

I have limited experience with Rose` but I am interested in learning more about it. I recently tried Palmina Botesea Rosato, a mix of 20% Barbera, 50% Dolcetto and 30% Nebiolo. Sounded better on the shelf than it delivered in the glass, although I have never been a big fan of Dolcetto, so that may be my issue with this one. Coming summer season looks like a good time to expand my horizons.

Looking for recommendations in the $25 or less range.

Also, what should I bee looking for in a good Rose`?

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  1. I'm mad about Rose for summer drinking... it rather replaces red for me during hot weather.

    There are many good ones, and they don't ahve to be expensive. One of my favorites is E. Guigal's Cote du Rhone Rose at around $8.99 a bottle, depending upon your area.

    One of the very best I've ever had is Chimney Rock's Rose of Cabernet Franc, but it's quite a bit more expensive... around $20.

    And in the Rose Sparkling category, Nicolas Feuliiatte makes a great value Rose Champagne... in some stores for $28.99!

    1. I love a good Rose. Some of the best I have had have been French and Spanish, but make sure you get a fresh one. Nothing older than 2005.

      Some I like from California are: McDowell Grenache Rose, I'M Rose (Cab Sauv), Fife Redhead Rose (but it has been years). I am sure there are others on this board who will direct you.

      1. Both of the ones I enjoy are Spanish (from the Tarragona region, I think).

        Nostrada for $7.99 is nice (used to be $6.99 at place called Total Wine in VA).

        1+1=3 is another (yep that's the name)...I think around 11 or 12 dollars a bottle.

        1. The obnoxious reply: Kosta Browne.

          That said, if you *happen* to come across it, get it. Easily the best domestic rose I've tasted.

          Of wine you might be able to find...

          Domestic: Saintsbury "Code Pink" and Fortitude (the second label of Etude) make good ones. Both are in the upper teens.

          Imported: I've always thought that Vega Sindoa -- which is rediculously cheap -- makes a good one. Also from Spain, 1+1=3 is quite nice. Guigal (Rhone) makes a good Tavel. I've liked Domaine Tempier (Bandol) Rose in the past. That is getting up there in price, though. Regaleali's (Sicily) is hit-or-miss, but can be very good.

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          1. re: whiner

            Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé is pretty much the benchmark for me... yes, I think it costs $15 - $30... HIGH! The Chimney Rock is around $19, and St. Supéry's is around $16. both super.

            1. re: whiner

              Actually the KB is easy to get, just be willing to spend 3 or 4 times the release price on wine bid. Not.

              E. Gugal makes a very nice Cotes du Rhone Rose that is easy to find and relatively inexpensive. Chateau du Donjon also makes a very nice vin de pays rose that is a very good buy at less than $10.

              1. re: dinwiddie

                I haven't tried it, but I know people who love Avondale Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé for something at the $10-12 price point.

            2. Buehler Vineyards does a great's really the only one I've ever had (I'm a total red snob) but it's pretty good...

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              1. re: Quesera

                Lord, there are so many terrific roses/rosados/rosati available for under $15. Some of my favorites include rosato from Puglia, based on negroamaro or uva di troia or a blend: Cantele, Rivera, Conte Zecca, Rosa del Golfo are some names to look for. There are, of coruse, the Provence roses, some of them fruitless, but also many well-balanced such as Ch. Pourcieux. New to market from Robert Kacher is Domaine de Gournier, a lovely merlot/grenache/etc blend for under $10.