Best Rosés of the Summer

by Natasha Wolff | July 2, 2015 3:00 pm

Rosé season[1] 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[2] better than sommelier Frankie Mace, who pours more than 60 new and old world rosés at New York’s Amali[3] 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[4]

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)

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