Wölffer Estate Vineyard Rosé: Summer in a Bottle (New York)
Price: $24 | Wölffer Estate Vineyard, a sustainable vineyard in the heart of the Hamptons, announces the release of Summer in a Bottle, the newest addition to the vineyard’s portfolio of rosé wines, inspired by the epic 2013 vintage. Summer in a Bottle joins the iconic gold-label Wölffer Rosé and the white-horse-label Grandioso Rosé, becoming Wölffer’s third still dry rosé.
What distinguishes Summer in a Bottle is its fruit character. An homage to the glorious summer of 2013, Summer in a Bottle is a literal taste of the Hamptons high season. “We waited as long as possible to harvest the fruit for Summer in a Bottle. Choosing the perfect moment to pick was crucial to make this highly anticipated wine, bursting with the aromas and flavors of the seasonal fruits that reach their peak ripeness at the height of summer,” said Wölffer Winemaker/ Partner Roman Roth.
Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Cotes de Provence Rose 2014 (France)
Price: $21.99 | The Whispering Angel is a beautiful peachy pink or light salmon color. The nose is fresh with pure, sweet notes of raspberry and strawberry. The wine is completely dry with a slight glycerol roundness married to a serious acid backbone. Those same pure fruit aromas are mirrored on the palate. The wine is fresh and bright; it’s expansive on the mid-palate, and has long, clean, fresh finish.
CHÂTEAU D’ESCLANS ROCK ANGEL (France)
Price: $29.99 | The 2014 Château d’Esclans ‘estate’ release has been rewarded with a new edgy name – and it sure does rock! With 50% oak used to augment the Grenache, Rolle and Tibouren core this is a dense, structured rosé with a stern air of urgency and control. At no stage does the oak dominate but it gives Rock Angel a severity and edge which demands food and, this is the crux – Rock Angel is basically the Whisperer in a leather jacket astride a Triumph Speed Triple. The trademark freshness and crunch is there but this is a foodier version of Whispering Angel therefore you can expect more palate weight. While Rock Angel does not possess the level of finesse of Les Clans and Garrus it can cope with main courses of all shapes and sizes, so you should leave WA behind when the waiter arrives with your order and roar on in style.
Chateau Montaud Cotes de Provence Rose (France)
Price: $11.99 | A best-seller for many years, Montaud Rosé is a lovely peachy-orange colored blush which shows scents of ripe melons, citrus and ripe strawberries. The flavors are light and fruity with brisk acidity.
Sables d’Azur Cotes de Provence Rose 2014 (France)
Price: $10.00 | Salmon-colored highlights. Elegant nose with delicate hints of white flowers, small red fruit and citrus zest. Clean, yet full of the fragrance of fresh fruit. Ends on a slightly sharp note, which emphasizes its length.
Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose 2014 (France)
Price: $13.99 | The Cotes du Rhone Rose is an excellent example of the appellation. Produced by saigné from Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault, this dry rosé is fruity and rich with an intriguing and appetizing bitterness on the finish. There are no better wines to drink with informal buffets, summer outdoor meals, and spicy foods.
2014 Miraval Rose (France)
Price: $19.99 | A pale, salmon colored Rose produced by the Perrin Family (Chateau Beaucastel) and owned by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. 2014 marks the best Rose they have ever made. A stunning nose of strawberries, peaches, star fruits, crushed rocks, and spring flowers, leads to a wonderfully soft textured, medium bodied rose that screams “summer!”
Chateau Pas du Cerf Cotes de Provence Rose (France)
Price: $12.99 | Bright light salmon color. The nose is reminiscent of pomegranate and white currants. In the mouth, the white currants blend with wild raspberries which give the wine its unique character. The finish is mineral, long and elegant.
White Girl Rosé (California)
Price: $14.99 | Boasting a rich nose of watermelon, strawberry, and floral notes, this California rosé blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel delivers red berry flavors balanced with hints of citrus leading into a refreshing finish. Crisp and clean, this wine makes an excellent aperitif and is perfect with BBQ chicken, burgers, grilled shrimp, Asian food, and almost any cheese that has ever been mongered.