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The Weekly Dozen - Pinkish #2

Last week I attended the Taste of Vail – certainly a great destination festival should you ever have the opportunity to do it – and one of the events there was a rosé tasting with more than 200 different labels available. The attendees were very enthusiastic.

So, after five years or so on the upswing, the rosé phenomenon continues to grow.

Following on my Pinkish reviews two weeks ago, here are the latest selections from my sample closet, most under $20. And I am sure we are not finished for the season.

2018 Yalumba “Y Series” South Australia Sangiovese Rosé ($14). Slightly candied red fruit with some cranberry notes, good acidity and a little edginess overall.

2018 Kris Veneto Rosé IGT ($15). Candied fruit at the beginning, gamey in the end.

2018 Librandi “Cirò” Calabria Rosato ($15). More of a food wine, with cherry and green herb notes and full on the palate. The grape? Gaglioppo.

2018 Lapostelle Valle Central “Le Rosé” ($16). A bargain from Chile. Very light color and very good structure and flavors with a crisp, minerally finish – like a Champagne without the bubbles.

2018 Botromagno Puglia “Rosé di LuLú” ($17). The grape here is Nerodi Troia, and the wine is big but balanced with herbal notes dancing among the red fruits.

2018 Fleurs de Prairie Vin de Provence Rosé ($17). Even if you’re not living in a dorm room, keep this embossed bottle, put it on your desk and stick a flower in. The wine is nice, too – one of those flavorful yet crisp Provençals with flavors of citrus and tart strawberries and a dollop of cream.

2018 Tasca d’Almerita “Regaleali” Sicilia “Le Rosé” ($17). From Nero Mascalese grapes, it is a bit of a muddle – a little spritz, okay fruit and some light tannins.

2018 Domaine de Cala Côteaux Varois en Provence Rosé ($18). Nice linear wine with light red-fruit flavors, good minerality and a long aftertaste.

2018 M. Chapoutier “Mathilda” Victoria Grenache Rosé ($18). Grenache is one of the best rosé grapes, and here Chapoutier uses his Rhone hand for a wine with light body but robust, meaty flavors and a peu of petillance.

2018 Castello di Bossi Toscana Rosato IGT ($20). Lovely hints of pollen and honeycomb on the nose, with a lightly crisp, lightly tangy finish.

2018 Pico Maccario “Lavignone” Piemonte Rosé ($18). Barbera-based, it is sprightly with dried strawberry flavors and appetite-inducing acidity.

2018 Domaine de Cala Côteaux Varois en Provence Prestige Rosé ($27). Very elegant with light floral flavors in the beginning that morph into a pleasant tangy/gamey finish.


Prices listed are generally SRP or from wine-searcher.com.

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