This is our annual Rosé wine roundup, summarizing the 2018 vintage for rosés from Europe and the U.S. This list is comprised of the top wines and the best buys. This year, we tasted over 60 Rosés and these are the the most highly recommended.
Rosés Scoring 19/20 Points
2018 DeLille Cellars Rosé, Columbia Valley ($32) - A nicely balanced Provence-style blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Reviewed in the 24 July Blog. Lynn: three stars (highest rating).
2018 La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rosé ($22.99 - Esquin) - The top scoring Bandol. Lynn gave it three stars. Review Blog 24 July.
2018 Les Hauts du Vallon Bandol Rosé ($21.99 - wine.com) - 45% Mourvèdre, 45% Grenache, 10% Cinsault. Scored 18.5+/20 on 24 July, 19/20 points last tasted. Lynn three stars.
2018 Isabelle Garrault Sancerre Rose "Les Grands Monts" ($25,99 - wine.com) - From the Upper Loire and made from Pinot Noir, this shows uncommon elegance for a Rosé. 16 April Blog.
2018 DaMa Rosé of Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley ($25) - The nicest Cabernet Franc Rosé we tasted. - Review of Washington Wines July issue.
2018 Rotie Cellars Rosé Wine, Washington State ($22) - This combination of 70% Mourvèdre and 15% each of Syrah and Grenache is a Bandol look-alike. Reviewed April.
Best Buys: Rosés Scoring 18.5/20 Points for $20 or Less
2018 Chateau Ste. Michelle Rosé, Columbia Valley ($8.99 - Safeway) - This scored 18+/20 points but is a steal at $8.99. Reviewed May.
2018 Maryhill Rose of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley ($13.99 - Safeway) - The nicest Rosé from this variety we tasted. Reviewed 24 July Blog.
2018 College Cellars Grenache Rosé ($18) - This effervescent Rosé is delicious and a super buy. Lynn three stars. June issue.
2018 Saviah Cellars Rosé, Walla Walla Valley, Dugger Creek Vineyard ($18) - A nicely fruited 60% Sangiovese, 40% Barbera combination. April issue.
2018 Smoky Rose Pinot Noir Rosé, Walla Walla Valley ($20) From the Breezy Slope Vineyard, with nice extraction (8 hours) - May issue
2018 SMAK Wines Spring Sangiovese Rosé ($18) - Fiona Mak makes only Rosé, for year around. - March Review issue.
2018 SMAK Wines Summer Pinot Gris Rosé ($18) - From Pinot Gris grapes with extra hang time to produce a copper colored Rosé. March issue.
2018 SMAK Wines Fall / Winter Syrah Rosé ($18) Shows nice depth and balance. To be reviewed in the September issue.
2018 Willamette Valley Vineyards "Whole Cluster" Pinot Noir Rosé ($16.99 - Safeway) - The best buy in Oregon Rosé. 14 May Blog.
2018 Château de Manissy Tavel Rosé ($18.99 - Esquin) - A lot of delicious fruit and character. Lynn: three stars. 24 July Blog.
2018 Paul Jaboulet "Parallele 45" Cotes du Rhone Rosé ($15.99 - wine.com) - A super buy. Lots of flavor for the price. 16 April Blog.
2018 Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé ($17.99 - Safeway) - Deliciously fresh and lively with judicious extraction. 16 April Blog.
2018 Triennes Rosé Mediterannée ($17.99 - wine.com) - Lively and vivacious, this is highly charming. Cinsault based. 14 May Blog.
2018 AIX Coteaux D'Aix in Provence Rosé ($18.99 - Safeway) - Crisp and lively, refreshing. 14 May Blog.