Winter Rosé Wonderland

I’d known the wisdom of Rosé Is More Than Sweet Plonk. I’d known I enjoyed rosé. But the moment I realized I was head over heels, unimpeachably (rosé never did me favors under my desk or got cozy with Ukraine or had an anything-gate) til death do us part IN LOVE with rosé was in winter. Okay it was Los Angeles winter, so maybe 40 degrees but cold enough to have my furry leopard coat on. I took in dreamboat of a Tavel and realized rosé was going to be a lifelong commitment. A rosé can warm you and also chill you so hard you’re hot. And at a holiday party, you may be a hot number in black satin filling the winter night with your warm vibe so hey! Why not spill some rosé? Also recommended in cold climes: a vodka martini with ample vermouth garnished with a lemon peel. Counter intuitively that’s a GREAT freezing cold winter drink. That or one of these rosés is gonna keep you warm. We all deserve rosé AROUND THE SUN. Pink knows nor gender nor season and I am here to prove it. #RoséAllYear Winter shower time rosé at the end. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ TAVEL OVER ALL The ride or die. The rosé that made me a true blue pink girl. They are a deep passionate pink. Full and thicker but always have a strong mineral current to keep you guessing. Year after year I will forever most love over all Chateau de Triquevedel . Any vintage, any day. The best forever and ever. PROVENCE Let us now go to the south of France and work our way up. Up being north in our pole-centric world. I typically assume a Provençal pink will be pale and, well, not my favorite. Exuding my bougie lover [Chateau Miraval](https://delectable.com/categories/chateau-miraval ) —but she’s for when I need a grocery store rosé. There are more options. 2018 Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé Shockingly good in cooler weather. It is lighter on color but heavier on flavor but crisp as a snowflake. It has more oooomph than your standard pale rosé. BANDOL Bandol is in Provence, true, but it is a thing all its own. Grapes grow upon terraces in slopes called “restanques” and if that ain’t hot goss I don’t know what is. Mourvedre is the name of the game here, with grapes like Cinsault, Grenache and Carignan playing parts too. The heat, the dark fruit and earthy nature of Mourvedre create that Bandol bite. Yes, yes Domaine Tempier is classic but also consider: 2017 Domaine la Suffrene Bandol Rosé A coppery salmon pink. Smells like fresh red plums, the inside of a nautilus, and pink peppercorn. Tastes similar with an added electric current running through lush velvet. Very into it. BEAUJOLAIS We do associate winter with a certain loved/reviled wine—the Beaujolais Nouveau. And indeed Duboeuf makes a rosé version of it I must confess I actually enjoy. But that will fade fast. For lasting power look to: 2018 Chateau Thivin Beaujolais-Villages Rosé This texture nabbed me and the taste followed. Like the time I put on cashmere socks. Except I never tasted the socks. But the color…Silky as can be and it makes me think of green leaves enveloping some sort of raspberry jam and it is a spring morning at your friends’ house. Supple and bending foreshadowing a long convivial day. NOW TO SPAIN : ROSADO! 2017 Albero Bobal Rosé I don’t normally go to Trader Joe’s but when I do…well I’d go for this. Damn this is max winter rosé. Full and screaming “I grew up somewhere HOT baby!” Fruits stirred over an all-natural flame (called the “Sun”) mixed with stone fruit and happy acid. It’s a good trip. ETNA , BABY Volcanic magic can make good wines. As does Sicily. On its volcano. 2018 Pietradolce Etna Rosato The mineral nerve under the peach streets paved with flowers and flagged with dragonfruit. Starfruit lights up this night. It has such a course of energy driving through it. It has that je ne sais quoi. CALIFORNIA Home of the Sutter Home. Which is more a winter rosé than the pale dry rosés methinks. But we will look for something we can cherish. 2018 Bedrock Wine Company “Ode to Lulu” Rosé Medium salmon color. Floral. Underripe tropical stank. Much fun. Mostly Mourvedre! So let us look at the Bandol. Just to compare. Similar fruits. Less electricity. More bougie. Like if the Bandol was an asymmetric slip dress this has one strap, sure, but also a sash and maybe some frills or a petticoat. You’ll wear it all night. Medium in body but red berries, papaya, less-than-ripe white peaches and chilly wet stones make a statement. Oh! And then after drinking it I went searching more the technical information and discovered it is a “love letter to Bandol”. Proper. 2018 Long Meadow Ranch Rosé of Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Funny, most of these have been warm climate wines but this came from a year cooler and more subdued but maybe that proves my “nothing like an ice cold martini in winter point”. It is elegantly pale and pretty, it smells of medium underripe white peach, pears, and raspberries all friendly flying over dark skipping pebbles into your palate hitting you with high, so silky a bod you wonder if you can wear it to bed and geez, there is a spiciness, almost an oily fleshiness to it that makes you wonder if one or two of the olives they grow on the property found its way into this 100 percent Pinot Noir delight. FINALLY, BUBBLES! Gruet Méthode Champenoise Brut Rosé Why a winter sparkler? Because tis so ripe but also tis so crisp. Perhaps a result of a French winemaker doing their magic in…New Mexico?! Go fig. It’s fab. All Pinot Noir. The fruit on this YELLS winter berries and it has the acid sharpness against the cruel cold winter yet the ripe OH DID I SAY RIPE red fruit to spice things up. Love it. You should too. FIN Okay, what is my shower winter rosé? Tis easy and obvious. It is Chateau de Trinquevedel. Because bathing is a special activity reserved for lifetime loves. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Want to read more from Ellen? Check out her recent articles: Winter Comes: Solstice Libations Super Natural: RAW WINE More Than Green Grapes Ellen in LalaLand Take One: Nighttime at Wally’s Wine Wine is Virgo, Virgo Wine You can also listen to Ellen's podcast with Shaughn Buchholz, The Wine Situation here . Check out her recent transcripts of the Final Five questions: Wine Situation Final Five! With Dana Farner Wine Situation Final Five! With Caroline Liem

Casa La Rad

Solarce Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2018

Red berries and red flowers and fun like that. This is brilliant and vibrant and has so much to say I can’t quite write it fast enough. I love this wine. — 2 months ago

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Long Meadow Ranch

Anderson Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir 2018

The Anderson Valley may be my latest favorite region. This 100 percent pinot is pretty in pink but for all the lifting acid it manages to mysteriously feel fleshy. But is so light and silky and peachy-raspberry-whiteflower beautiful I wish I could wear it to bed. — a month ago

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Domaine La Suffrene

Bandol Rosé Mourvedre Blend 2017

Brisk and spicy. Feels like I want to drink it with cranberry sauce and things made with sage. But also has a fresh current. Under the currant. Friend you generally party with who secretly hikes every morning and you’re like but...how? Answers found in the glass. — a month ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Only for us O.C peeps,
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Did you go to the Top winery dinner last week ?
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@Paul T- Huntington Beach I did not know there was one! Clearly my invite lost in the mail 🤣

Bedrock Wine Co.

Ode to Lulu California Old Vine Rosé Mourvèdre Blend 2018

Mataro fun that conjures Bandol! Tropical fruits and flowers peek like a sassy petticoat out from under sleek stones, stone fruits and saucy red berries all with a lean bite. I love it. — a month ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

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Its the red, but I didn’t chance it. Not to familiar with it, its been awhile since my last new world big Cabernet so I went with the caterwaul
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@Paul T- Huntington Beach i am very intrigued by the Caterwaul. Both for cat reasons and because your description sounds great. May have to see what up at k&l
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Parkers description not mine, I basically just say yeah or nea. But a Thomas Rivers Brown Cabernet at $50.00, gotta try i it.
Regusci is $99.00 I think

Buchegger

Terrassen Pinot Noir Rosé Blend 2018

This is rather fabulous. Minerals. Pink grapefruit. Very refreshing and zippy. It makes me feel like I shattered a geode in my mouth but like in a good way. Actually that sounds terrible just know this is all the dignified sparkle you could hope for. — a month ago

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Yum! Cheers!🌹
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@Trixie cheers!! 💕

Clos du Joncuas

Gigondas Rosé Grenache Blend 2018

I went to Walgreens looking like this and some dude like half my age stopped me to say I was adorable he liked my style and could he Snapchat me—-oh wait wine. I’m talking about wine. I needed to un-discombobulate from the Walgreens incident with a predictably lovely rosé which Clos de Joncuas provided. It has limeyness as in limes (muddled with raspberries) and limestones. And it is mineral galore but if it were a living room this wine would have a crown molding of roses and river nymphs. I surmise that only makes sense to me but apparently I’m still bobulated. Oh and I told the dude I wasn’t on Snapchat which was the truth. Does this come-on mean I could still play twenties in Hollywood? — a month ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Why did you💔 I was just trying to be nice to you😞
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@Paul T- Huntington Beach hahahaha, oh I’m sorry! But I’m really not on Snapchat😂

Albero

Bobal Rosé 2017

What is more fun than saying “I got this for 6 bucks at TJ’s”? Pretty much anything. Is the answer. But being inexpensive and organic and vegan and friggin’ a grape I rarely see AND this is just yum AF. It’s super ripe all the ripe berries stewed with peach but on an acid trip. Full still but light still. Not cloying but rich. Good things come in unexpected packages. — 3 months ago

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Château Thivin

Beaujolais Rose Gamay 2018

Somehow I hoped this would unknit how sewn into Beaujolais I am. Nope. I’m knotted up with these wines as ever and damn I’m claustrophobic but these s-wine-ters (aka wine sweaters can we make this a thing) have room to breath. All of which to say is this has a happy friendliness of a buddy you spend every weekend with. It is complex (fruits! acid! honeysuckle blossomfun!) and has a sense of dry wit (acid cutting, bone dry stone, sullen but no it’s just serious texture) to cut through anyone’s pretense. But it feels welcoming and warm. And full. And will let you lay your head on its bosom OR maybe it is just a sophisticated warm knit to keep that bosom both warm and savvy. All the same it has acid, ripe fruit and warming fruit to make it a winter-tastic cold rosé I’ll keep trying every year — a month ago

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Stuart Scheff

Stuart Scheff

I love gamay but ever had a gamay rose. How good?
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@Stuart Scheff you must try it, it’s great!

Château de Trinquevedel

Tavel Rosé Grenache 2018

Last I reviewed Trinquevedel I think I recommended marrying it. And...yeah I’d miss the promiscuous supple rosados, the devious Bandols, and geez, I may ask Trinq if we could watch Txakolina porn together from time to time but this is my favorite rosé. That I’d marry. It has this depth that hugs you but at the same time leavens you like the happy loaf you (me? I’ve been eating a lot this season) you are.
From the first look at that coral pink to the long seductive I’ve-got-more-to-tell-you-if-you-let-me-open-up finish, this wine is a keeper.
— 21 days ago

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@David L got it, thank you 😊
Serge S

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🥂Happy New Year!
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@Serge S happy new year to you too! 🥂

Pietradolce

Etna Rosato DOC Rose Blend 2018

Holy Mascalese (Nerello)! Damn this is good it’s fist pump victory good. It has a verve and attitude and mmmm that makes you say....whaaaaat was that? I don’t even know. But I like it. — a month ago

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I'm also proud of you drinking 2018 rosé, I just can't bring myself to do it, those will be next summer wines for me. It's so hard, they are delicious at year one, buy lose some acidity on summer two, which is more appealing to me most of the time.
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@Severn Goodwin Interesting! I’m a fiend for acid in wine so maybe it’s good I’m drinking it now. I’ll have to do a vintage comparison of rosés soon...