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what roses are you drinking?

I don't think a rose is just a summer wine...but I do tend to crave them when the temperatures start to rise. Recommendations?

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  1. Just picked up a case of 2007 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Rose', beautiful pink color, not huge nose but smells of peach and fruit. First tast is tart, not sweet and nice crisp fruity flavors. Nice for summer or any warm day, white wine drinkers love it. I went through a case of 2006 at Oregon Duck tailgaters last year, folks really liked it.

    1. Kosta Browne
      Fiddlehead Pink Fiddle
      Bandol Tempier Rose

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      1. re: njfoodies

        I'm on the Kosta Browne mailing list and I love their wines but IMHO, the rose is one of the worst wines I have ever tasted

        1. re: jp62

          Why don't you like the rose? I'm just curious because a few others have said good things about it on the boards, and I am looking into buying some. Thanks!

          1. re: Ali B

            Well, I had the 2007 Kosta Rose... I thought it was really good. Love the screw top. :-) I went out and bought 2 more bottles after I had the first.

            1. re: Ali B

              IMHO it is way too "hot" for a rose. A rose that exceeds 14% alc is pretty tough to take. I'd rather drink French

              1. re: jp62

                Absolutely agree--I rarely drink CA or Aussie wines because of the high alcohol content. A couple years ago I tried the Think Pink Syrah rosé from CA and it had a nice taste and color but was way too alcoholic.

                1. re: kenito799

                  we had a kb rose over the weekend. it was fine.

                  1. re: TBird

                    the 07 KB Rosé I had was undrinkable. The 06 was just fine.

                    1. re: olivethegreat

                      then something was wrong with the bottle or i'm afraid for your storage. the 07 definately wasn't as good as the 06, but it's far from undrinkable.

        2. I've not bought any so far this year, but love to drink it during the summer. Last year I drank quite a bit of Muga, which is well priced. I'll post back when I start buying some again.

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          1. re: MMRuth

            Turkey Flat $17. Delicious juice.

            1. re: TonyO

              2nd that - easily my favourite Aussie Rose, and possibly my favourite non-Euro Rose.

          2. half way through a case of Cune and will be looking for some Ch Petite and Grande Cassagne. have a couple of Dehlinger pinot roses left as well.

            1. Angoves Nine Vines ! Love it. $12

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              1. re: mac8111

                I agree...I had this recently and LOVED it!!

                1. re: chickstein

                  The Angove's Nine Vines Viognier is a favorite of mine but I haven't seen the Rosé. Where did you get it? Anywhere in SoCal?

                  1. re: olivethegreat

                    I found it in my Super Target here in Texas. $11.99

              2. I really enjoy the Crios Rose de Malbec -- really lovely, fruity, and smooth -- and a beautiful deep rose in color.

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                1. re: karmalaw

                  i'm with you on crios; having a glass as i write. it's a good everyday summer rose and there's another malbec rose by vida organica (available at whole foods) that's pretty decent for its $7.99 price tag.

                2. I like Peggy Fleming's Fleming-Jenkins Victories Syrah Rose. Yum!

                    1. Super-duper cheap and really tasty: Vega Sindoa.
                      A bit more body, a bit more class,a few more dollars: 1+1=3

                      Both of those are Spanish.

                      More expensive: Domaine Tempier from the Bandol. Still THE benchmark still rose.

                      1. Hendry from Napa Valley. Great! $14
                        Renwood $12
                        Eye of the Toad... Get remember price

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                        1. re: wineandcheese

                          I'm a big fan of all things Hendry. Their rose's actually a refreshing zin, but the zin really comes through. One of the first roses I tried and enjoyed.

                        2. Marques de Caceras Rosado
                          Domaine d'Aqueria Tavel

                          1. Drinking plenty right now...

                            Bruno Clair Marsannay Rose
                            Alois Lageder Lagrein Rose
                            Robert Sinskey Vin Gris Pinot Noir Rose
                            Ameztoi "Rubentis" Getariako Txakolina

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                            1. re: Brad Ballinger

                              gosh, have not had the Bruno Clair for a while but really enjoyed it in the past

                              1. re: ibstatguy

                                SO good... it's tougher to find than it used to be (around these parts, anyway) but one of my absolute faves.

                            2. Chateau de Passavant Anjou '06 Rose of Cab and Cab Franc (Loire) - very dry and wonderful with lots of foods including grilled salmon and even pork ribs. Organic fruit.

                              Have also enjoyed Anglim '06 Rose of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre + a little Viognier. (San Luis Obispo, CA)

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                              1. re: Midlife

                                since I'm in SLO this weekend, maybe I'll get a chance to try it!

                              2. >> I don't think a rose is just a summer wine...

                                I agree with you - I've been drinking rosé all winter. My favorite winter pink wine has been Brumont Rosé vin de pays de Gascogne (France) - fruity yet dry, and gutsy enough for roast turkey, garlic chicken, and Puerto Rican black beans and fried plantains.

                                Minnesota has been chilly all spring, so I haven't started buying rosés for warm weather. I've got a few Loire and Austrian rosés to drink, like Alois Ladeger's rosé and a Zweigelt rosé. But they're languishing in the cellar because I rarely cook the delicate dishes that I think they might need.

                                For summer, I'm looking for a gutsy, crisp, full-bodied Spanish rosé. Last summer, I latched on to Sanzo rosé, which was lovely. I'm hoping that this year's version is as good. In any case, I need to start auditioning my summer's candidates for pink drinking!

                                Bring on the garlic,

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                                1. re: AnneInMpls

                                  Just popped back in to say that with dinner tonight (strawberry-kumquat-pistachio salad) I had a Robert Sinskey Vin Gris of Pinot Noir 2007. Oh, lovely! Delicate yet firm, with a raspberry/ginger/rose petal nose and a tart, light, herby taste. I would say it tastes like strawberries, but when paired with an actual strawberry, it doesn't quite taste the same. But it's a very berry-like wine.

                                  The 2007 is a darker pink than the 2006 (which was almost clear), but is still a very light-colored wine. I bought it on sale for $20 in Minnesota, which puts in it the league of the most expensive roses available here. Worth the price. (I'm going back tomorrow for more.)


                                  1. re: AnneInMpls

                                    Haven't had the '07, but will look for it this week. Sounds lovely...I liked the '06.

                                    1. re: AnneInMpls

                                      Year-round drinking, all time favorite rosé: Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Rosado, current release is 1997. But this is really a subcategory of rosé, that is, completely unique and unlike any other wine, let alone other rosés. Not for everyone, but if you like it, you tend to become obsessed with it. $24

                                      As for more conventional rosés, my winners this season:
                                      07 Domaine Gasnier Chinon--pale salmon, apples and pears on the nose, dry tart strawberry up front with a long green apple finish. $15

                                      07 Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon--wonderfully dry, crisp and lemony, hint of green pepper bitterness in the finish $15

                                      06 Pavlou-Kagas Xinomavro "Kappa P35" Amyndeon, Macedonia--Extremely flavor-packed! Starts with gren olive aroma, bright sweet cherry but spicy, tart and dry, orange peel, hint of Campari in the finish. $18

                                      07 Las Rocas de San Alejandro Catalunya Grenache rosado--amazing hot pink color, strawberry scent and nice interplay of grapefruity bitterness. $11

                                      07 Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol--great hint of funkiness, crisp, dry, spicy berries. If you must have provençal rosé. Great, but not really worth $30 to me.

                                    2. re: AnneInMpls

                                      I'd like to kiss you for the Brumont/plantain match!

                                      1. re: invinotheresverde

                                        It would be a very garlicy kiss! (Which is why a French rosé works so well...)


                                        1. re: invinotheresverde

                                          "Year-round drinking, all time favorite rosé: Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Rosado, current release is 1997. But this is really a subcategory of rosé, that is, completely unique and unlike any other wine, let alone other rosés. Not for everyone, but if you like it, you tend to become obsessed with it. $24"

                                          kenito, consider me one of the obsessed! astor has this in the $22 range, that's what i call expensive for rose, but i keep going back to it.

                                          1. re: TBird

                                            yes me too, it was just on sale this week at Astor! They ran out at PJ, that's the place to buy it by the case. They might have more in now, they had it at the Spanish wine and food event last night. We also got to try some 85, 81, and 73 gran reservas from that amazing winery!

                                            1. re: kenito799

                                              awesome. my buddy was pouring last night at pj's and reported back that he had a great time tasting thru 60-ish wines. my ankles were still recovering from the central park marathon the night before or i would have went too. we must run in the same circles?
                                              how much is the heredia going for at pj's?

                                              1. re: TBird

                                                Tondonia rosado is $22 at PJ (no discounts). It was an awesome event, don't miss it next year! Got to try several 98-100 point wines, pretty much the only way I will ever have that opportunity (Contador, Vega Sicilia Unico, Pingus...). More importantly, you get to find out which $20-$40 wines you can buy now and drink in 15 years (and they'll be worth 10 times as much then!). Oh, and all the jamón ibérico you can eat...

                                      2. I'm from Walla Walla and so most of what is available in this small little town is either local or from washington state. Choices are pretty limited but the Bergevin Lane Rose is super delicious.

                                        1. terra sparkling malbec. $9.99 at astor(for any locals) and FULL of blueberry, blackberry & red currant.

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                                          1. re: TBird

                                            Wouldn't think a sparkling malbec would be a rosé. I'm interested,in the idea of sparkling reds, which seem to be getting popular, mostly in Australia. Looks like Terra is form Virginia, though. It sounds a bit heavy from the flavor components you mention. Is it?

                                            1. re: Midlife

                                              no heavier than a rose made from syrah. try it. the price is right.

                                              last night we had a 2007 Hendry Ranch Rosé at a local byob thai restaurant. i believe it's a cab sauv/primitivo blend and at $14.99, worthy of checking out.

                                              1. re: TBird

                                                I don't want to appear picky (and I do note that I was incorrect in Terra Sparkling Malbec seems to be from Viniterra in Argentina) but I like to know the specifics when I lookfor wine. This wine does not appear to be a rose but a red malbec done in a sparkling method. Is it so light in color that you considered it a rose?

                                                1. re: Midlife

                                                  midlife, you are correct. somehow i equate(d) sparkling malbec with rose. d'oh, but you should try it anyways!

                                                  anyways, last night we tried a 2007 Wölffer Rosé(local new york - long island) that was basically useless. thin water with a small hint of grapefruit. blech!
                                                  on deck for this evening is a Jacob's Creek Sparkling Rosé(yes, ROSE!!!).lol


                                          2. Last night, Soter Pinot Noir Rosé Oregon 2007, with a simply broiled turkey breast filet, couscous / harvest gain mix and steamed fiddlehead greens. A crisp and fruity, dry and somewhat fuller bodied wine. It is actually a blend with some Pinot Gris and Chardonnay according to the winery's website, although this is not stated on the label, so I assume it must be at least 75% PN. Retails for $16.99 locally in SOCAL. This was my first experience with this wine and I enjoyed it.This could become one of my new favorite domestic rosés.

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                                            1. re: scrappydog

                                              Local- Santa Ynez Valley- Rideau Rose of Syrah. De-lic-ious!!! Nutty, like a handful of roasted walnuts with a punch of love.....smooth and superb with watermelon and feta/blue cheese dressed in balsamic reduction.

                                              Welcome Summer!

                                              1. re: JalamaMama

                                                I have friends in Santa Ynez and visit a lot. We used to go to Rideau often....but haven't tried their wines in years. But I'll give this one a try.

                                                1. re: perk

                                                  I agree with the recommendation of Susana Balbo Crios Rose. It has lots of flavor. Very, very good. Also, Cantalupo Il Mimo is an outstanding Italian Rose. I also found an Italian Rose named Bastianich. I think it is from Lidia's vineyards but I'm not sure. Generally, we've had good better luck with some Spanish and Italian Roses, as compared to French or American. We prefer a fuller flavor and some of these latter wines seem to be too dry almost. And, we also drink Rose in the winter. With light chicken or some spicy food its a great comparing, regardless of the weather.

                                            2. Just ordered 6 bottles of Pali's new rose....we'll see how it is once it's delivered. It's pinot noir based with a hint of Chardonnay. Ordered 6 bottles. -mJ

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                                              1. re: njfoodies

                                                2007 Espelt Corali Rose $11.98 at the wine library. i've had two already and they are worth the purchase.

                                              2. Just had an '07 Hitching Post Pinot Noir Rose with dinner. Very nice and crisp....

                                                1. lately:
                                                  Kalmuck Pink Zweigelt (Austria)
                                                  Feiler-Artinger Blaufrankisch Rosé (Austria)
                                                  Coteaux du Languedoc Prieuré Saint Hippolyte Rosé (France)
                                                  La Ghersa "Piage" Barbera Rosé (Italy)

                                                  note: K&L is having a domestic & imported rosé tasting at all three of their CA locations on Saturday June 28th...

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                                                  1. re: OliveBelle

                                                    As of late my Roses of choice are:
                                                    07 Domaine L'Hortus
                                                    07 Chateau du Puligny-Montrachet Bourgogne
                                                    07 Domaine Sorin
                                                    07 Bastide Blanche Bandol
                                                    07 Chateau Canourge
                                                    07 Sylvain Bailly Sancerre
                                                    I confess, I love the French Roses!

                                                    1. re: bubbles4me

                                                      >>>07 Chateau du Puligny-Montrachet Bourgogne<<<
                                                      I agree, Love this wine.

                                                      Also into Sancerre Rose from Neveu and, of course, Billecart-Rose Champagne.

                                                      1. re: bubbles4me

                                                        I love the Sylvain! Roses are all the rage in Paris this summer (I just got back) and the ones from Provence are particularly popular.

                                                      2. re: OliveBelle

                                                        We had that Kalmuck last night. Delicious. Great nose, lots of flavor, seems like it could hold its own with a wide variety of food.

                                                      3. My long time favorites have been the Roses from Domaines Ott. There are a few less expensive but good roses from Tavel that we use for larger parties. Someone else mentioned the Domaine Tempier from Bandol which is also quite good.

                                                        1. A wonderful and refreshing Santa Ynez Rose-Carhartt's "Chase the Blues Away" Rose.

                                                          1. Find some Avondale Rose of Cabernet from S. Africa. It's lovely and very affordable.

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                                                            1. re: rtmonty

                                                              second Cantalupo Il Mimo.....it's a "real wine" experience

                                                            2. I tasted a wonderful rose of mostly Syrah, from Garretson (Paso Robles) the other day. It had a lot more color than most roses and was fully dry and refreshing. Garretson has very limited distribution, so it may not be readily available, but a good find it you come across it.

                                                              1. Had a new one (for me) last night -- Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Tempranillo Rose. Good fruit, good spice, clean finish. Refreshing.

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                                                                1. re: Brad Ballinger

                                                                  Oooh, I have a bottle of the Evesham Wood in my cellar! (The rose evangelist at Solo Vino recommended it.) I'm looking forward to this one.

                                                                  So far, I've tried 2 of the 8 roses I bought last week at SV - Artazuri Rosado and Las Rocas de San Alejandra. I wasn't wowed by either of them, and wouldn't buy them again. The Rocas wasn't memorable (maybe because I'm not fond of grenache-based roses?), and the Artazuri seemed one-dimensional and watery to me.

                                                                  So I'm still looking for a gutzy (tempranillo-based?) Spanish rose for summer garlic dishes.

                                                                  Speaking of garlic, I wish I could afford Domaine Tempier, but it's $40 a bottle (!!!!!!!) - I drink too much wine to allow a splurge on that one.


                                                                  1. re: AnneInMpls

                                                                    Anne, Go to Zipp's and pick up the Bruno Clair Marsannay Rose. It will go with your garlic dishes.

                                                                    1. re: Brad Ballinger

                                                                      Brad, thanks for the tip! I think I had the Bruno Clair Marsannay - it was a Marsannay, anyway - from Zipp's a few years ago, but had forgotten about it until now. But I do remember that I loved it, so I'm heading out for Zipp's right now!

                                                                      And doncha just love that there are a bunch of Twin Cities liquor stores with a good rose selection? It used to be such a struggle to find place with more than two or three roses. But now, there's an abundant choice. Hooray!


                                                                    2. re: AnneInMpls

                                                                      <Speaking of garlic, I wish I could afford Domaine Tempier, but it's $40 a bottle (!!!!!!!) > Yikes! I just saw it for $31 so HAD to splurge.

                                                                      May have to throw a small Aioli to celebrate it! ;>)

                                                                  2. We're enjoying the Mas de Gourgonnier (Les Baux) Rose 2007 quite a bit. haven't seen it in US before this summer, but have always liked their reds.

                                                                    Also Vision Cellars Rose of Syrah is wonderful.

                                                                    hmmmm will have to look for that Archery Summit rose.

                                                                    Crossroads in Manhattan "allocates" their Domaine Tempier Rose! I would have had to pay for it in February and I couldn't put my brain around that!!!!! haven't found it elsewhere in town, but surely would love to.

                                                                    1. TOAD HOLLOW Eye of the Toad Rose of Pinot Noir California

                                                                      BARNARD GRIFFON Rose of Sangiovese 2007 Columbia Valley Washington

                                                                      good ones are back in a big way watch for some better rose from France and Spain

                                                                      Grenache / Syrah / Cab Franc / Temperanillo long list 88-90pts $7.00-$13.00

                                                                      1. another lovely US Rose is Chimney Rock's Rose of Cabernet Franc.

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                                                                        1. I had seen the Cameron Hughes Lot 37 wine mentioned in another Rose thread and I'll mention it here. I had one bottle from Costco for $8.99 and didn't think to open it before they sold out so when I tasted it I was deeply sad I didn't get a few more. I'm not so good with tasting notes but it went wonderfully with roast chicken. They've just recently got another pallet back at my store though!

                                                                          1. I tried the D'Autrefois 2007 Pinot Noir Rose last week, Very nice

                                                                            1. For international:

                                                                              Ochoa Rosado
                                                                              Mitolo Jester Sangiovese Rose
                                                                              Turkey Flat Rose
                                                                              Pretty much any Tavel

                                                                              For Local (Okanagan Valley, Canada)

                                                                              Le Vieux Pin Vaila Rose (Pinot Noir)
                                                                              Joie Rose (Pinot Noir, Gamay, Meunier, Pinot Gris)
                                                                              Gray Monk Rotberger
                                                                              Monster Rose
                                                                              Dirty Laundry "Hush"
                                                                              Seven Stones Rose

                                                                              1. Esterlina's "El Diabolito" or something like that. $12 or $13 at the winery, they do give case discounts, and maybe even industry discounts. I think it's a syrah rose, and is very clean with moderate complexity and fresh fruit. Adequate acid.

                                                                                Lazy Creek's pinot rose, $18 or $22. Lots of acid make this a very bright food wine, and while we were initially unsure that it was worth the price, after enjoying it at home a few times we're fans.

                                                                                1. I know this is fairly obscure (35 cases produced), but I will post on it anyway: Metropolitan Wines Rose 2007. A blend of 50% Cinsault and 50% Grenache. Screwtop / ABV 12%, sourced from Santa Barbara county if I recall correctly. Bought on the recommendation of the proprietor of a new wine shop that opened up near us. This was a nice light rose perfect for a summer evening by the pool. Not a bad match with some Trader Joe's chicken egg rolls. A little pricey at $18, but a nice wine nonetheless.

                                                                                  1. This site frustrates me for I have to play by the rules (I sell wine, besides being a wine author, so I cannot mention any specific names). But I am dying here!! I just have to mention the rosés (in general) from the south of France. I just returned from Tuscany and from Cannes. The very first day off the plane we headed for the beach and enjoyed some rosé at the legendary Martinez Hotel. And yes, the credit card bill from that day is also legendary in my house. Anyway, much cheaper to enjoy rosé back home but it was a fabulous day on the beach!! I LOVE THE PINK STUFF!!
                                                                                    Cheers, Angela

                                                                                    1. rose is synonymous with summer for me, and i'm tickled (pink?) to see all you aficionados!! i'm partial to french roses, so i agree with the domaine ott and tavel fans, although for me their prices make them more special occasion wines. for the money, my everyday favorite - hands down - is paul jaboulet aine's cotes du rhone parallel 45. readily available at wine sellers, it's fruity, light and every glass is a quick french refresher. i also find their red and white awesome deals for the everyday. enjoy!

                                                                                      1. '07 Langlois-Chateau La Bretonniere Cabernet de Saumur sec

                                                                                        1. Louis Barthelemy NV rose; been through six btls and keep going back for more; everyone who's had it wants some btls

                                                                                          1. Among American Roses, I really like Vision Cellars' blend of Grenache and Syrah, and Chimney Rock's Rose of Cabernet Franc.

                                                                                            1. Recently we have been tastinf the various Chateau d'Esclans Rosés. Their 'Whispering Angel' is only $17.95 per bottle the others range from $34-$100 per bottle for their Garrus. All are quite good and the Rose d'Esclans ($34/bottle) may be a new favorite. The 'Whispering Angel' will definitely be our "every day" and party rose.

                                                                                              1. Melipal- Argentina- tastes like fresh watermelon

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                                                                                                1. re: kelarry

                                                                                                  The ones made from sangiovese are also particularly nice- reminiscent of fresh strawberries....

                                                                                                  1. re: kelarry

                                                                                                    been going thru tons of both:
                                                                                                    2007 Vinos Sin-Ley Valles de Benavente Valle Claro Rosé
                                                                                                    2007 Vinos Sin-Ley Yecla Gordo

                                                                                                    both excellent and both $11.98 from wine library.

                                                                                                2. domaine de bagnol from cassis is always a favorite

                                                                                                  1. 2007 Langlois-Château Cabernet de Saumur La Bretonnière Sec and 2008 Melipal Malbec rose

                                                                                                    1. The best from the tasting this weekend was the '07 Chateau Pradeaux