June marks the beginning of Rosé season and the start of summer. Although we can drink Rosé all year long, it is really a summer wine to enjoy poolside or dining Al Fresco. National Rosé day 2020 this year falls on June 13th and is always celebrated on the second Saturday in June. I find it the perfect day to start our Rosé wine drinking season.
With Rosé’s popularity increasing each year, it is only natural to have a designated wine day devoted to this wine. Not only is their National Rosé day, but later in the summer, we celebrate International Rosé day. Some say that day is June 26th, while others claim it is August 14th. No matter what date you choose, Rosé now has an important place in the wine world.
Here are six Rosés to consider drinking during the upcoming summer months. Many have a unique take on the wine because of the varieties utilized.
National Rosé Day 2020 California
Skid Rosé By Saracina 2019: This Rosé of Malbec comes from the Skid Row Vineyard that lies along the upper Russian River in Mendocino. Of the Rosés sampled for this article, this wine represented the prettiest of the group. Its pale coral color draws one into a crisp, bright, refreshing yet delicate wine. On the nose, find aromas of Roses and watermelon. On the palate, discover flavors of stone fruit and citrus.
Flambeaux 2018 Rosé, Sonoma County: I am always looking for unusual blends for Rosé, and Flambeaux Rosé fits that criteria. Consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, this is a spirited wine just like the New Orleans’ torchbearer on the label. Created by utilizing the bleed-off method, the wine exhibits a bright crispness. I found citrus and cherry flavors that accent the fresh acidity of the wine.
National Rosé Day 2020 Italy
Bertani Bertarose Rosé 2019: This wine combines primarily of Molinara with Merlot. The Molinara grape grows in the Veneto region of Italy and known for adding acidity to wines such as Valpolicella. It makes sense that Bertani chose this grape for its Rosé since the winery’s name to fame is Valpolicella. The wine displays flavors of citrus and stone fruit, mostly nectarine, with nice acidity.
Planeta Rosé Sicilia DOC 2019: Composed of 50% Nero d’Avola and 50% Syrah, this wine vinifies similar to white wine. The wine displayed aromas of florals and strawberries, while flavors of citrus, grapefruit, and strawberries prevailed. Both high acidity and minerality invigorate the wine giving it a lively quality.
National Rosé Day 2020 France
Jean-Luc-Colombo Cape Bleu Rosé 2019: The wine consists of Syrah blended with Mourvédre that came from vineyards near Marseille and created in the Saignée method. Flavors of stone fruit, nectarine are mixed with berries, strawberries, and raspberries.
National Rosé Day 2020 Spumante
Valdo Floral Rosé Brut: It is the bottle design that will draw you to this wine. The wine speaks of flowers from its label to its aromas. Behind this flowery label, a beautiful red-orange color defines this Spumante that utilizes the Nerello Mascalese and Glera grapes from both Veneto and Sicily. Nerello Mascalese is named after the Mascali area in Catania, where it is thought the grape originated. These grapes come from the lower volcanic slopes of Mount Etna. In the case of Valdo, this variety brings out the flavorful fruitiness that includes raspberry and strawberry. Created in the Charmat method, the wine delivers a fresh and lively wine.
Anyone of those Rosés would be a good option for National Rosé Day 2020 or for that matter any day during our upcoming summer.
Note: Common to the wine industry, this writer received hosted wine samples. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure.