Tis the Season: Our Staff Picks The Best Rosé Wines
Call it “rosé”, “rosado”, “rosato”, or “blush”—they all refer to those unmistakably pink wines. But what makes the best rosé wines what they are? Their hue can vary from a subtle tinge to neon pink depending on the varietal and just how long the grape skins are in contact with the juice. Also: Rosés can be sweet or dry. So, how to decide on the best rosé wine? Here are a few suggestions from sales associates Josh Mizrahi and Bambi Ray and wine buyer Lorena Ascencios on what they consider to the best rosé wines.
Rosé of Malbec, Cristobal – 2015
Cristobal’s Rosé of Malbec, from Mendoza, Argentina is light, fresh, and bursting with crisp fruit. For easy-drinking, this is the best rosé wine. Prepare for summer now and buy a case. Sit back, relax, and enjoy one of Argentina’s best rosé wines. -JM
Clos Cibonne “Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes” Rosé – 2014
Ever since the first time I tasted this, it has been in my top five list of best rosé wines. It is unique because the grape Tibouren is typically used for blending and is rarely seen as a single varietal. Sherry lovers will appreciate that the wine benefits from a yeast covering similar to “flor”. While most rosés are easygoing and fruity, this is fuller-bodied and complex, with nutty undertones. I consider it a rosé that truly deserves intellectual contemplation. -BR
Rossese Rosato, Ka Mancine – 2014
A sturdy, full-bodied rosé that only gets better with age. I consider this to be the best rosé wine for year-round enjoyment. -LA
Shinn Estate, Rosé – 2015
Long Island’s best rosé wine, in my opinion. Simply scrumptious. Makes me want to head to the beach, bottle and lobster roll in hand. -LA
Liébart-Régnier, Brut Rosé – NV
The latest grower Champagne to hit our shelves. It has delicious berry aromas and a dry finish. -LA
FRV100 “Terres Dorées”, Jean-Paul Brun – NV
Always the bottle to get emptied first. One of the best rosé wines from southern Burgundy. You’ll adore this sparkler. -LA
Try these recommendations and let us know what you consider to be the best rosé wine!