Rosé New Releases: No Slowing Down in 2018

“Pink wines have never been in such worldwide demand as they are now,” writes Josh Raynolds in his article Rosé New Releases: No Slowing Down in 2018 on Vinous. He continues, “Producers from seemingly every red wine region on earth have been eagerly jumping on the bandwagon at a positively dizzying pace.” With so many Rosés on the market, how do you know which ones to choose? “The general quality of the wines is consistently good across the world, but the number of truly outstanding renditions of Rosé seems, to me at least, to be pretty static,” notes Raynolds. From Provence to Paso Robles and beyond, discover a case-full of Josh Raynolds’ top-scoring Rosé wines this year.

Domaine Tempier

Bandol Rosé 2016

Delectable Wine
9.4

Limpid orange-pink. Vibrant, mineral-accented cherry pit, peach, raspberry and melon scents, along with building orange pith and floral nuances. Stains the palate with incisive red berry, citrus fruit and lavender flavors that deftly blend depth and liveliness. Shows superb tension and intense mineral character on the strikingly long finish, which leaves bitter quinine and blood orange notes behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2018) — a year ago

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Domaine de Terrebrune

Bandol Mourvedre Blend Rosé 2016

Delectable Wine
9.2

Limpid orange. Mineral-accented red berries and tangerine on the incisive nose, backed by a suave floral nuance. Densely packed yet lively on the palate, offering refreshingly bitter red currant and blood orange flavors that spread out slowly on the back half. Finishes with bright minerally cut and excellent persistence, leaving a suggestion of honeysuckle behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2018) — a year ago

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Clos Solene

La Rose Paso Robles Rosé 2016

Delectable Wine
9.2

Limpid orange. Mineral-tinged red currant, cherry and blood orange aromas are complemented by a suave floral nuance and a hint of succulent herbs. Dry, chewy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated red berry and orange pith flavors that stretch out and deepen with air. Concentrated yet impressively lively, finishing with lingering florality, a touch of dried red berries and outstanding persistence. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2018) — a year ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Rosé

Delectable Wine
9.3

Pale copper-tinged orange. A powerfully scented bouquet evokes orange zest, red currant, rose oil, cinnamon and smoky minerals. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering intense red berry and citrus fruit flavors along with hints of honey, vanilla and candied flowers. Deftly blends power and finesse and shows no rough edges. The mineral and floral notes carry strongly through an impressively long finish that displays outstanding clarity and spicy cut. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2018) — a year ago

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Bedrock Wine Co.

Ode to Lulu California Old Vine Rosé Mourvèdre Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

Vivid pale orange-pink. Expressive scents of fresh red berries, orange pith, pungent flowers and chalky minerals show excellent focus and lift. Fine-grained and nervy in the mouth, offering zesty red currant, strawberry and blood orange flavors and a spicy jolt of white pepper on the back half. The floral note sneaks back in steadily on a silky, persistent, mineral-driven finish. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2018) — a year ago

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Domaine Sainte-Marie

Vie Vité Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

Pale orange. Vibrant strawberry and blood orange scents, along with hints of pungent flowers and succulent herbs. Dry, nervy and focused on the palate, displaying energetic, mineral-laced red berry, tangerine and floral qualities that deepen steadily on the back half. Finishes brisk and quite long, displaying lingering spiciness and a touch of bitter orange pith. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2018) — a year ago

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Domaines Ott

Clos Mireille Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.3

Bright onion skin. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, orange zest, pungent flowers and dusty minerals that expand with air. Sappy and light on its feet, offering mineral-tinged strawberry, blood orange and honeysuckle flavors. Dry, focused and tightly wound, showing superb closing power and lingering florality. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2018) — a year ago

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Château Gassier

Le Pas du Moine Sainte Victoire Rosé Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

Pale peach skin. Intensely perfumed, mineral-accented strawberry, nectarine and orange zest scents and a hint of lavender. Silky, seamless and precise on the palate, offering incisive red berry and citrus fruit flavors and an exotic touch of honey. Finishes very long and seamless, featuring a lingering pit fruit quality and strong mineral cut. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2018) — a year ago

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Château de Trinquevedel

Tavel Rosé Grenache 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

Brilliant orange-pink. Pungent red currant, cherry and blood orange aromas, along with suggestions of lavender and chalky minerals. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering red berry and bitter cherry flavors that are supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Marries power to finesse with a smooth hand and finishes very long and sappy; a late floral nuance adds a grace note. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2018) — a year ago

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Bonny Doon Vineyard

Vin Gris De Cigare Rosé Grenache Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

Brilliant onion skin. Vibrant red berry, peach and blood orange aromas are complemented by suave floral, fennel and mineral notes. Silky and energetic on the palate, showing seamless texture and subtly sweet strawberry, white peach and melon flavors that firm up and become spicier on the back half. Weighty but dry and gripping; the long, floral-tinged finish leaves a hint of succulent herbs behind. I'd love to throw this complex, uncompromising wine into a blind tasting of pink Bandols. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2018) — a year ago

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