As summer approaches, thoughts turn to rosé wines for warmer weather (although they're not just for summer). Of this season's crop of rosé, here are our top picks, along with some exceptional values and new selections.
2015 El Corazon "Red Frog" Rosé, Columbia Valley ($20) - This is only for those who like a more extracted style of rosé. Made from Syrah, it has lots of depth and spicy fruit. 18.5/20 points. Reviewed May.
2015 Gramercy Cellars Olsen Vineyard Rosé, Columbia Valley ($25) - One of the top Provence style rosés, produced from Consult, Grenache and Syrah. 18.5/20 points. - May
2015 Waters Rosé Wine, Washington State ($20) - This conferment of 60% Syrah and 40% Viognier offers lively pink fruits and fresh acidity. - 18.5/20 points - May
2015 Waters Patina Vineyard Rosé, Walla Walla Valley ($22) - Drawn straight from press (like the Washington State) this 100% Syrah rosé has wonderful, fresh fruit and superb balance. 18.5/20 points. - May
2015 L'Ecole No. 41 Grenache Rosé, Horse Heaven Hills, Alder Ridge Vineyard ($22) - Made in the style of a Tavel Rosé from near Avignon, this shows fresh and sprightly strawberry, watermelon and Rainier cherry flavors. 18.5/20 points - June
2015 The Walls "Cruel Summer" Rosé of Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge ($21) - Showing lovely aromas of strawberry, cherry blossoms and Columbia Gorge volcanic minerals, this is a winner. 18.5/20 points - June
2015 Seven Hills Dry Rosé, Columbia Valley ($17) - Composed of 84% Cabernet Franc and 8% each of Petit Verdot, this is a real charmer, light and fresh with plenty of vibrancy. 18+/20 points. - April
2015 Northwest Wine Academy Rosé Wine, Columbia Valley ($12.50) - Produced from Blaufrankisch, a grape of Austrian origin, this has ripe aromas and lively, juicy flavors. 18+/20 points.- April
2015 Vino la Monarcha Pinot Noir Rosé, Ancient Lakes ($16) - This is a fresh, lively, likable rosé that picks up fruit liqueurs and Ancient Lakes minerals. 18+/20 points - April
2015 College Cellars Rosé of Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, Reed Vineyard ($15) - Produced from grapes that acquire a copper color from extended hang time, this offers aromas of peach and cantaloupe and grapeskin extracts. 18+/20 points.- June
There was not enough space in the past few issues to include all the noteworthy Rosés available. Here are some new recommendations.
2015 Lauren Ashton Rosé, Columbia Valley ($21) - This 50% Grenache, 50% Mourvèdre combination offers fresh raspberry and strawberry aromas and juicy flavors that are accented by notes of citrus zest and nicely extracted dry flavors that persist on the finish. 18.5/20 points.
2015 Browne Family Vineyards Grenache Rosé, Columbia Valley ($20) - This shows a copper tinged pink color and attractive aromas of strawberry, cherry and watermelon with lively flavors dancing on the palate, picking up fraise and cerise liqueurs on the way to a crisp, juicy finish. 18.5/20 points.
2015 Tertulia Cellars Tempranillo Rosé, Walla Walla Valley ($20) - This offers intriguing aromas of cherry, peach, papaya, and whiffs of musky incense and creamy texture, accented by cherry and peach liqueurs and touches of orange peel and among, followed by a dryish Rioja-like finish. 18.5/20 points.
2015 Balboa Rosé of Grenache, Walla Walla Valley, Summit View Vineyard ($20) - Light pink colored, this shows attractive aromas of strawberry, peach, Rainier cherry and elderflowers, with fresh vivacious minnerally flavors. 18.5/20 points. - A full review to be in the July issue.
2015 Forgeron Cellars Rosé of Sangiovese, Walla Walla Valley ($22) - With aromas of cherries, star fruit, tangerine, and fresh, lively flavors with notes of cherry stones, and silty minerals, this is one of the nicest pink Sangios we're run across. 18.5/20 points - July
2015 Castillo de Feliciana Rosé of Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley ($20) - This 75% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha combination offers a pink-copper color and intriguing aromas of raspberry, watermelon, tangerine peel and white incense. The flavors are fresh and vibrant with a deftly extracted dry finish. 18+/20 points. - July