Rosé New Releases: All Over the Map

As the popularity of Rosé continues its meteoric rise on the world stage, consumers have a seemingly endless array of choices at their disposal. It’s no secret that wine lovers purchase and drink Rosé at a faster-than-ever clip. While Rosé remains an accessible entry point to the world of wine for newer, younger wine drinkers, it also encompasses serious offerings that will delight even the most discerning connoisseurs. That said, these widely loved pink wines are not immune to the whims of Mother Nature. The vast majority of the wines tasted for this report are from the 2023 vintage, a year marked, unsurprisingly, by record-setting heat spanning Europe, persistent drought conditions across many wine-growing regions and torrential rains in others that created significant disease pressure. The 2023 Rosés are all over the map, literally and figuratively. These are a few takeaways: PROVENCE IS STILL THE PLACE. Classically styled Provençal Rosés—for many, the benchmark for the entire category—fared well in 2023 despite some truly wild weather. There was a bit of everything: extreme drought, hail, flooding rains and thunderstorms during harvest that threatened the entire crop. But fear not. For the most part, these wines are their typical fresh, round and sea-breeze-salty selves in 2023. Seek out the Château La Mascaronne Rosé, Château Gassier’s 946 and the Bandol Rosé from La Bastide Blanche, all three deeply refined, mineral-driven and finessed. MORE NEBBIOLO ROSATOS, PER FAVORE. Nebbiolo-based Rosatos from Piedmont remain some of the most distinctive and expressive offerings available in the Rosé realm. They clearly reflect their varietal characteristics and possess considerably more structure and phenolic texture than other varieties typically provide in this context. These wines are floral, brightly red-fruited and elegant, much like their red counterparts. G.D. Vajra’s Rosato Rosabella and Ioppa’s Rosato Nebbiolo Rusin are compelling, not to mention the charming Rosato Al Posto dei Fiori from Le Pianelle. --Vinous, Rosé New Releases: All Over the Map, May 2024 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ To read more about Rosé around the world, the use of oak and the current pricing of these wines, check out the full article on Vinous now . Enjoy a few Rosé tasting notes below.

Rocca di Montegrossi

Toscana IGT Sangiovese Rosato 2023

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2023 Rosato is incredibly energetic like a horse waiting to bolt out of the starting gate. Ripe pineapple, pear and spiced citrus provide a foundation upon which the sparkling, lively acidity flutters. The balance here is admirable and nicely rounded and displays a lovely inner sweetness. This bottle could empty quickly. (Billy Norris, Vinous, May 2024)
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Bieler Père et Fils

Sabine Aix en Provence Rosé Blend 2023

Delectable Wine
9.0

The 2023 Rosé Sabine is ripe, vibrant and structured. Spiced red fruit and almonds rush across the palate, supported by energetic acidity and a bit of grip that pleasantly tugs at the cheeks. This is a fine example of classically styled Provençal Rosé. (Billy Norris, Vinous, May 2024)
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La Bastide Blanche

Bandol Mourvèdre Blend Rosé 2023

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2023 Rosé is deep, complex and layered, with ripe nectarine, rose garden and sweet cherry fruit notes. Beautifully expressive and floral on the nose, savory, salty mineral tones meet red berry freshness and an undercurrent of spice in the mouth. A touch of almond bitterness grabs at the edges of the tongue toward the close, striking great harmony with a rounded sweetness. Bravo. (Billy Norris, Vinous, May 2024)
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G.D. Vajra

N.S. della Neve Extra Brut Pinot Noir Nebbiolo Rosé

Delectable Wine
9.1

Vajra's NV Extra Brut Rosé N.S. Della Neve is incredibly characterful, sizzling out of the glass with leather, mesquite smoke, blackberry and white pepper. A blend of 50% Nebbiolo and 50% Pinot Noir, the structure of the former comes through loud and clear through bright acids and firm, powdery tannins. Sour berry fruit and mentholated herbs meet with salty stoniness in the mouth, elevated by a lively, fine mousse. It's not the most finessed sparkling wine you'll taste, but it's certainly charming. (Billy Norris, Vinous, May 2024)
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