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Best Rosés of the Summer

A sommelier shares his five must-buy bottles

Rosé season is officially upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking pink. And there is perhaps no one who knows the summer-centric wine better than sommelier Frankie Mace, who pours more than 60 new and old world rosés at New York’s Amali as part of the restaurant’s “60 Days of Rosé” program. Here, Mace shares five must-buy bottles:

2014 Domaine du Pegau, ‘Pink Pegau’ — This veteran Chateauneuf-du-Pape producer makes its rosé from 100% handpicked Cinsault grapes. You’ll find peaches and red currants on the nose.  It’s crisp and mouthwatering, with a long and spicy finish. $50, Regal Wine Imports

2013 Chateau Simone Les Grans Carmes Rosé  — This rosé is from the tiny appellation of Palette in Provence, France.  It’s slightly savory, powerful and age-worthy, with notes of wild strawberry, cherry and mint.  You’ll also see that it is steely in color, with peachy reflections, like the silver lining on a pink cloud! ($45)

2014 La Spinetta ‘Il Rosé di Casanova’ — Hailing from Casanova, Tuscany, this Sangiovese Rosé is made in a sustainable manner.  Very light salmon in color, with notes of tart cherries, melon, honeysuckle and sage. It has a unique long and refreshing mineral finish. ($17) 

2014 Domaine Zafeirakis Rosé  — Made from organic Limniona grapes grown at the foot of Mount Olympus, this is a departure from the typical rhubarb-heavy Greek rosé.  It’s zippy and quaffable, with notes of wild strawberry, beets and mountain herbs. ($14)

2012 Barranco Oscuro ‘Salmonido’ Rosé — Made from biodynamically grown Pinot Noir in Andalucia, Spain, this rosé is made in an oxidative style.  It is slightly savory with notes of blackberries, rhubarb and black tea.  ($28)