Rose wine I should seek out for the long hot summer.
- emglow101 May 11, 2014 08:55 PM
In California I believe it's going to be a long hot summer.Sugggestions for a dry rose I should look for around twenty bucks to have on those hot days. I'm a newbie to rose. Inspired by the house wine thread. Thanks
Here are the one's I'll be drinking this summer.
Blackbird Vineyards "Arriviste"
Birichino "Old Vines"
Ogier "Heritages" Cotes du Rhone
Curtis Winery "Heritage"
It is only a coincidence, rather than an inordinate love of the word, that two of the roses I really like right now have "heritage(s)" in the name. Same goes for wineries that have names starting with B. Also, there is some RS in a couple of these wines but nothing above would be considered anything other than dry.
Here -- in RANDOM order -- are my "traditional" favorites that I seek out year after year . . .
Domaine de la Mordorée Côtes du Rhône Rosé
Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel (more pricey, but I always get a few for special occasions!)
Château de Ségriès Côtes du Rhône Rosé
Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rosé
Muga Rioja Rosado
Donkey & Goat Vin Gris de Grenache
Edmunds St. John Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir Rosé
Arnot-Roberts Touriga Nacional Rosé (when/if I can find it)
. . . to name but a few.
If you can find it, a Vin des Sables from the Camargue. For me, a perfect summer rose'. This is a quaffing, not a swirl and spit wine.
My very favorite roses are Bandol, and they can get pricy, but sometimes you can find a good deal. I tend to keep them for special occasions.
Also love Mas de Gourgonnier's rose, and Vision Cellars' Rose of Pinot Noir (order from the winery -- namedotcom)
I like dry Roses which are Grenache based. 100% Grenache or some Grenache blend. Yesterday for example I had Margerum Riviera Rose and it was wonderful. Another day I had Patelin de Tablas Rose (Tablas Creek) and it was great too. All below $20.
I recommend Italian. I had a very nice rosato a few years ago, but unfortunately I can't remember exactly what it was. But here's a discussion of rosato which might be of help:
Or a Pacific Northwest rosé from the Pinot Noir grape:
Going to jump back in as well with two more:
Gassier "Sables d'Azur"
I'll also throw this in. I put the state of Rose these days in a very heady place. For me, like with port (or most dessert wines for that matter) I rarely taste one that's just plain bad, even at the lower price points. It just depends on personal taste and situational needs. Reading the other suggestions in this thread, I want to try all these wines because I'm pretty confident there won't be a bottle I struggle to finish. And given your generous price point, I don't think you can go wrong.
Enjoy your drinks.
No love for Bedrock's Ode to Lulu? It sometimes comes in around $25, but I've gotten it for $20. Really nice.
Others I enjoy:
Raffault Chinon Rose ($15-18ish)
Dom. Triennes Rose ($15-18ish)
Copain Rose ($20ish)
A bit pricier ($25-35):
Chat. Miraval Rose
Dom. Tempier Rose
Dom. Pibarnon Rose
Try out the Chateau Leoube rosé from Provence- it's made by Romain Ott and IMHO better (and cheaper) that the wines with his family's name on them...
I would *strongly* disagree, BUT . . .
THIS rosé -- the Miraval -- is probably a $20-24 rosé due to its appellation. Rosés from the Côte de Provence appellation tend to run in the upper teens, low twenties here. For example, at K&L here in California, a store known for having good prices:
-- 2013 Château les Valentines "Le Caprice de Clémentine" Côtes de Provence Rosé, $15.99
-- 2013 Château La Gordonne Côtes de Provence Rosé, $17.99
-- 2013 Les Domaniers "Sélection Ott" Côtes de Provence Rosé, $18.99
-- 2013 Château de Peyrassol "Commanderie" Côtes de Provence Rosé, $19.99
-- 2013 Château d'Esclans "Whispering Angel" Côtes de Provence Rosé, $22.99
-- 2013 Chateau La Gordonne "La Chapelle" Côtes de Provence Rosé, $23.99
-- 2013 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé, $23.99
-- 2013 Château de Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé, $25.99
-- 2013 Clos Beylesse Cotes de Provence Rosé, $27.99
-- 2012 Clos Cibonne Tibouren "Cuvée Speciale des Vignettes" Côtes de Provence Rosé, $29.99
-- 2013 Domaines Ott "Château de Selle" Côtes de Provence Rosé, $44.99
-- 2013 Dupuy de Lôme Bandol Rosé, $21.99
-- 2013 Domaine de la Bastide Blanche Bandol Rosé, $22.99
-- 2013 Chateau Vannieres Bandol Rosé, $27.99
-- 2013 Château Pradeaux Bandol Rosé, $28.99
-- 2012 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé, $38.99
. . . and from next door, in Casis
-- 2013 Clos Ste-Magdeleine Cassis Rosé, $34.99
. . . and in the Rhône,
-- 2013 Domaine de la Mordorée "La Dame Rousse" Tavel, $24.99
-- 2013 Domaine de la Mordorée "La Reine des Bois" Tavel Rosé, $29.99
Now, I admit that these are not cheap, but I *do* typically buy one or two (each) of the Mordorée Tavel rosés, but 4-6 of their Côtes-du-Rhône rosé for half the price. I also typically buy a handful of rosés from Muga in Spain (Rioja), for <$15. But I would be happy with any or all of the above . . .
To each is own: I'm also happy with a Muga Rosado at < $12, a Fontsaintes Gris de Gris < $15, a Rosa del Golfo Rosato Salento< $11, a Librandi Ciro Rosato for $12, or a Cataldi Madonna Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo for <$13. I used to enjoy a Mas de la Riviere Bandol for under $20, but haven't seen it recently.
Just to be clear, Bob, I am not suggesting that there are no rosés worth drinking that are under, e.g., $15; nor am I suggesting that *I* have to spend >$20 to find one that I enjoy. I was merely pointing out that a) the Miraval is not overpriced for its appellation, nor its quality (I find it to be very good-to-great, but not excellent or outstanding); and b) it is neither alone in its price range, nor is it the most expensive rosé in the market.
I am glad I bought it. I have enjoyed it twice (once at home when it was first released; and once, last week in fact, at a restaurant when it seemed the best option on the list for our meal). But it's not something that I would go out of my way to buy . . . the way that I *will* buy the Mordorée Tavel in every vintage.
But I also buy the Muga virtually every year, the same for the Fonsaintes Gris de Gris, the Mordorée CdR Rosé, and a handful of others . . .
IMO Bandol roses like Tempier are as good as it gets but I seldom buy them because I can fine wonderful rose at far far better prices.
My go to for the past few years is Bieler Pere et Fils for about $10. Campuget is consistently good for about the same price.
Zin 1953s recs are all solid. I enjoy Muga every year. Had it three nights ago in a Logrono Tapas bar for E7.80. MId teens in the US.
I have had two excellent Italians in the mid-teens this year. Terredora - 100% Aglianico and La Spinetta - delightful pale pale salmon color.
Don't forget rose sparklers. Laetetia makes a very nice one from the central coast that runs in the low 20s.
Have had the Miraval from two vintages and IMO it is way over-hyped and overpriced. If they were all the same price I would choose any of the above over it.
Most important. Always buy the current vintage. Now 2013.