For me, when I think of the best summer wine, I think of Rosé because it makes an enjoyable and refreshing summer fare. Discovering the intricacies of Rosé, one finds diversity, whether it is the varieties that make up the wine or if the grapes are grown specifically for Rosé or utilize the Saignée method of bleeding off some of the red wine following some contact with the skin. Either way, one finds some exciting wine with subtle nuances. Here are some Rosé Wine 2020 suggestions to help fill out your summer drinking.
It is not only the wine that lies within the bottle, but Rosé seems to be characterized these days by its bottles. Some remind me of perfume bottles, while others have wonderful designs on them. Wineries are becoming more creative with shapes and designs, which can be very appealing for those purchasing the wine.
Rosé Wine 2020 – Oak Farm Vineyards
This Oak Farm Vineyards 2019 Rosé combines Sangiovese & Barbera, so in this case, it is the varietals that make this wine stand out. At the same time, the wine incorporates the Saignée Method of bleeding off the grapes. The goal from this Lodi wine utilizing grapes from the Mokelumne River appellation is to produce a dry Italian style wine with lots of acidity and minerality. The wine is dry yet very fruity. One finds flavors of cherry, strawberry, and stone fruits, mostly peach.
Not only is the wine enticing, but the bottle with its floral image draws you to taste this wine. The Oak Farm bottle is adorned with an image of a single flower that drapes across the bottle. It is a lovely example of bottle art.
Rosé Wine 2020 – Pasqua 11 Minutes – Rosé Trevenezie
The name of this wine describes the eleven minutes the skins stay in contact with the juice. This 2019 Pasqua wine is another example of using more unusual varieties to add character. The wine blends mostly Corvina with smaller portions of Trebbiano, Syrah, and Carmenere. The result is a wine is a pale pink colored wine that is refreshingly crisp and bright. With lots of acidity, the wine has stone fruit and citrus on the palate with hints of spice on the finish.
Rosé Wine 2020 – Côté Mas Rosé Aurore 2019
The Côte Mas expresses the Pays d’Oc landscape both inside and outside of this bottle. The label one of my favorites with its colorful depiction of the area’s countryside. Although the vineyards are in Pays d’Oc, on the nose are the distinct aromas of France’s Provence, which includes the ocean mixed with lavender. On the palate, I found a bright, fruity wine with some sweetness on the finish.
Rose Wine 2020 – Pink Flamingo “Catalina Estrada” 2019
Sable de Camargue is a Protected Geographical Indications PGI located along the Mediterranean coast of eastern Languedoc in Southern France. The wines carry the title IGP. The area is known for its gris wines (grey wines), which typically come from Grenache, Cinsault, and Carignan. The Camargue is the only area in France and one of a few along the Mediterranean where pink flamingos nest, hence the reason the logo for the PGI has a flamingo as part of the branding. In addition, many of the wine labels feature the pink flamingos.
The name of this Domaine Royal de Jarras wine is befitting to its label. The creative packaging, wine bottle branding entices anyone to try the wine. A Columbia Illustrator based in Barcelona created the whimsical bottle that creates a flamingo story with Latin American Folklore. Anyone that loves flamingos must get their hands on these wines. Made from Grenache, this is a fun Rosé that displays mostly citrus flavors with nice minerality and salinity.
Rosé Wine 2020 – Château La Gordonne – La Chapelle Gordonne 2019
The Château La Gordonne La Chapelle Rosé combines Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Rolle to create a Côtes de Provence wine that emphasizes the freshness and elegance of Provence. I found cherry, raspberry, and strawberry on the nose. With lots of minerality, the wine’s bright balance exhibits flavors of cherry, raspberry, and strawberry. The finish delivers a lovely sweetness that is atypical of wines from this area. This Rosé ferments partially in French oak casks.
Rosé Wine 2020 – Château La Gordonne -Vérité du Terroir Rosé 2019
Unlike the La Chapell Gordonne, Château La Gordonne Vérité du Terroir does not ferment in oak casks. This wine blends Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Tibouren. Another refreshing, balanced wine from the Provence region. This wine has notes of raspberry mixed with citrus enhanced by a spicy finish. The wine delivers a moderate amount of acidity and minerality.
Rose Wine 2020 – Louis Pommery California – Brut Rosé NV
Taking the old world traditions of their French Champagne house and bringing new life through the Louis Pommery project in California. Cellar master Thierry Gasco creates a new world Rosé Brut to this old-world dynasty that introduced Brut Champagne in 1874 under the tutelage of a woman, Madame Pommery, after her husband’s death. This sparkling wine is not overly bubbly. The subtleness of the bubbles gives way to a very drinkable wine that blends mostly Chardonnay with Pinot Noir. The Rosé Brut has a round finish and showcases red fruit.
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.