A GARDEN OF SUMMER ROSÉS

By Rick Fillmore/ Wine Splash Heading

When Summer is coming up “Rosés”, then we must take advantage and sip them in. So many varieties, flavors, and smells…how can we try them all in just 13 short summer weeks? Colors that go from a pink salmon to a deep cranberry hue. They just scream fun, flavor, and festivities! Just as a rose can be wild and briery, these summertime Rosés can be just as wild and unique but also offer refreshing elegance alone or with a meal. Perfect for fresh summer salads, ham, rice dishes, spicy foods, mild to medium cheeses, and grilled chicken, pork, seafood and shrimp, or veal.

We have experienced a world of Rosés through our palates and ready to reap the glory upon you of our discoveries. We tried to stay as local as possible finding Rosés you could find and access in the United States and Canada. But also wanted to find a variety of Rosés from around the world to make our selections more diverse. We have visited about half of these wineries so the flavors of the wine also come along with the ambiance of being there. But either way, you won’t go wrong enjoying any of these Rosés with your summer events!

Believe it or not, some of the best Rosés we have tried have come from Northern Michigan where Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir grow beautifully.

Believe it or not, some of the best Rosés we have tried have come from Northern Michigan where Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir grow beautifully.

 

2 Lads Winery – 2012 Rosé of Cabernet Franc  $19  

 Rose of Cabernet Franc

 

From the Old Mission Peninsula in Michigan comes a rich, complex, and fruit forward Rosé. The juice had skin contact for 24 hours and shows a much deeper color than most Rosés. Red berry, watermelon, strawberry, and vanilla nuances fill our glass. This is a dry wine but with a wonderful balance of fruit sweetness and acidity which gives this Rosé a rich mouthfeel and a long, smooth finish.

2012 Tablas Creek Rosé – Patelin de Tablas  $28              

 

Tablas Creek Rosé

 

75% Grenache with the remaining blended with Mourvedre and Counoise. The grapes here were sourced from limestone rich areas of Paso Robles, direct pressed into stainless steel tanks with minimal skin contact. Flavors of generous red fruit from the Grenache with spiced citrus and a long, vibrant finish. Drink chilled up through 2016

     Mumm Napa Brut Sparkling Rose (NV)   $20          

 

Mumm Sparkling Rosé

A fun, flavorful, and festive sparkling Rosé that is mostly Pinot Noir but with a small amount of Chardonnay added in. Wine Spectator awarded this sparkling Rosé 90 Pts and I must agree wholeheartedly. Fresh and a bit sassy, entices with aromas of strawberry, yeast, and spice. Flavors abound with ripe black cherry, apple, vanilla, and a soft, fruity finish. Pairs well with lighter fare but always is the life of the party on its own! Finding great wines in more obscure places is like finding the diamond in the rough….the needle in the haystack…the matching sock in the dryer! Just west of St Louis, Missouri lies a real gem in Augusta when it comes to finding wonderful, food friendly wines.

Augusta Winery La Fleur Sauvage Rosé (NV)  $12

 

La Fleur Sauvage Rosé

We discovered Augusta Winery about 20 years ago and we continue to visit each year and restock our cellar with their wines. I always look forward to trying Augusta’s La Fleur Sauvage Rosé and have never been disappointed. This is a dry Rosé but the opulent fresh fruit always gives a hint of fruit sweetness. Flavors of raspberry, cranberry, and a crisp, refreshing finish.

2013 Dr Konstantin Frank Pinot Noir Dry Rosé  $13   

 

Dr Frank Rosé

The west end of New York in the Finger Lakes brings us more amazing Rosés from places that may not be on the top of your list… but should be! The Wine Enthusiast just awarded this wine 90 Pts and we have been giving Dr Frank 90 Pts for their Rosés for the past 20 years we have been coming here. Aromas and flavors of red berries, ripe peach, and citrus with refreshing mineral notes. Same continent but different country, the Niagara Region of Canada has been impressing us time and time again with rich, fruity, and full bodied Rosés. At about 43° latitude, Niagara is perfectly situated to grow most of the major grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zweigelt, Sauvignon Blanc, and much more! Bordeaux, France is at 44° latitude and Napa Valley is about 39° latitude.

2012 Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery Cabernet Rosé  $17      

 

Ravine Cabernet Rosé

 Another wonderful winery in the Niagara Region of Canada, this Rosé is made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes. This Rosé was aged 20% in neutral oak barrels and 80% in stainless steel tanks. A nice balance of acidity and fresh fruit. Flavors of ripe strawberry, watermelon, and spice. On the second sip, flavors of ripe red cherry and cranberry led to a long, pleasant finish.

Tavel, France has long been the destination for finding the richest and driest Rosés in the world! Located in the southern Rhone region, this area can only produce Rosé wine from red grapes. Which is probably the reason why they are so good because they focus on just one style of wine. Here are some of our favorites.

2012 Chateau d’Aqueria Tavel Rosé  $19.95

 

Rosé

This Rosé is intense ruby red in color with an enticing nose of ripe red fruits. Tantalizing flavors of fresh strawberry, raspberry, and mineral notes that lead to a long, complex finish. It gets this way from its predominant blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvédre. Serve with mediterranean dishes, grilled meats, veal, or goats cheese.

Summer is full of beautiful and exotic sights, smells, and flavors. Pair it allup with a fantastic Rosé from our Garden and you are sure to be living your summer to the fullest. WineSplashing!!

 

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