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rosé week: top 10 bottles!

The #RoséWeek day you’ve all been waiting for! I’ve been sampling away since May – over 100 bottles. It’s been ROUGH. But finally we have our top 10 rosés of 2016! I organized them by region based on my previous post about grapes they use to make rosé in different regions. It’s always helpful to know a grape or region you like when trying to figure out what to buy. Or, just get all of these!

provence

Mathilde Chapoutier Grand Ferrage

chapoutier rose wine

Beautiful! Tons of minerality and soooo refreshing. A blend of Grenache noir, Cinsault, Syrah, Rolle. This was my #1 favorite rosé I tasted. $20

Mirabeau

mirabeau wine

Another Provencal one that was so frosty and refreshing. Mineral. Lavender. Light. A perfect Provençal pink. 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache. $15

oregon

Van Duzer

van duzer rose wine

All Pinot Noir, which I love. Light strawberry, makes a great day rosé. $20

navarro

Artadi

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Remember that electric pink I was talking about earlier this week? The taste is just as vibrant. Juicy red cherries and strawberries. Lush fruits of summer. Deeeelicious – you’re missing out if you only drink the pale pinks. 100% Garnacha. $20

south africa

De Bos Walker Bay 47 Rosé

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Strawberry tarragon salad. And when I say salad, that’s what this basically is with its 47 different grapes! Seriously, you can see them all here. The three main ones are Cinsaut 20.287% Clairette Blanche 13.175%, and Ugni Blanc 10.066%. But I mean DAMN if that .005% of Bukettraube doesn’t just slay. $17.99

Protea

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Definitely wins for prettiest bottle. They’re actually specifically designed for reuse: for flowers, to hold olive oil, or for drinks. (The winery posts their fave user pics on their social pages.) The wine inside is just as pretty with its lush and waxy yellow apple skin. 59% Mourvedre, 22% Cinsaut, 19% Shiraz. $15.99

california

Ruby ruby (Russian River, Sonoma)

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Juicy ripe peach, that part near the stone. Really cool. It’s all Pinot Noir but you can see the difference in regions between the color of this one from Sonoma and the pale pink Pinot Noir roses from Willamette Valley. $25

Tablas creek Dianthus 2014 (Paso Robles)

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Intriguing – fresh juicy watermelon and cantaloupe. Fruit salad doused with liqueur. Just super fruity without being sweet. Really cool. Tablas Creek is great, they pioneer a lot of the Rhône varietals production in Paso Robles. 46% Mourvedre, 41% Grenache, 13% Counties. $30

Quivira (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma)

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I can sum this up in three words: Organic. Watermelon. Delicious. 55% Grenache, 20% Mourvédre,10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Petite Sirah. $22

columbia gorge, washington

Maryhill
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Excellent acid. Ripe strawberry and hint of raspberry. Probably the first rosé made from Sangiovese that I’ve ever liked. Normally think it’s too heavy and tannic for rosé, but this is really tasty. $16

Bonus bottle:

colchagua valley, chile

Calcu
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Calcu means “healing doctor” in the local Mapuche language, which I think is a fitting definition for rosé. This one’s mostly made from Malbec which can be gritty and tannic but this bottle is decent. Has a surprising piney scent, and just an interesting one to try. 50% Malbec, 40% Syrah, and 10% Petit Verdot. $13

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4 thoughts on “rosé week: top 10 bottles!

  1. Alyssa, I hope you are well! My local store recommended this to me recently. There is a 16.99 version which is great and a 19.99 which is FANTASTIC. Literally smooth and crisp and delicious. Pictures of both attached. The more expensive is the wider bottle.

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  2. Pingback: Mathilde Chapoutier Is Grapefriend’s Top Rosé Pick | M. CHAPOUTIER

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