First Place: “Il Mimo” Nebbiolo Rosato, Cantalupo
Grape Variety: Nebbiolo
Bottle Price: $14.99- Astor wines
A pink Nebbiolo that’s dry, full-bodied, and lush, with gorgeous cherry fruit. This wine is more than ready to convert anyone still harboring rosé reservations.
Second Place: Ojai Vineyards rose
Region: Santa Maria/Santa Barbara, California
Grape Variety: Syrah, viognier
Bottle Price: $20.99-Kessler wines
No Saignee method
Maybe it doesn’t make sense to like rosé so much, but a good one is really good! This one is light and zippy-so much easier to slurp with lunch on an unbearably hot day. Inspiration has come from rosés as diverse as the ultra expensive Château Simone to the completely unpredictable Francois Cotat, which when it’s great, there’s none better! This year Ojai made theirs from Roll Ranch syrah picked at a zippy 22 Brix sugar with a spot of added viognier and sauvignon blanc.
Third Place: Mas des Bressades Costieres-de-Nimes
Region: Southern Rhone/Costieres-De-Nimes
Producer: Mas des Bressades
Grape Variety: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
Bottle Price: $12.99-Union square wines
Mas des Bressades is considered by many as the top estate in Costières de Nîmes, located 35 miles southwest of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, on the western side of the Rhône. It is run by Cyril Marès and his lovely wife Natalie Blanc, who owns the adjacent estate, Mas Carlot. This beautiful Rosé is made by saignée of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. This savvy approach assures the delicate color and powerful perfumes found in the Mas des Bressades Rosé. This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Cinsault and is vinified completely in tank. It always shows extraordinary bright fruit and spice in the nose with intense neon strawberry color. The Grenache vines here are between 25 and 60+ years old and the Syrah and Cinsault are in their 30’s. The wine displays crisp, bright sweet-tart raspberry fruit with deep, layered mineral and intense pepper notes on the finish. -Notes from Importer Robert Kacher
Fourth Place: Côtes de Provence Rosé “MiP”
Sub Region: Côtes de Provence
Producer: Dom. Sainte Lucie
Grape Variety: Cinsault Grenache
Bottle Price: $13.99 Astor wines
A stunningly pale, floral-perfumed rosé that offers absolutely everything you could want in a dry pink wine: freshness, a near-weightless mouthfeel, and tangy berry flavors.