As I mentioned in the post The Rise of Rosé, whether you call it rosé wine, pink wine or blush wine, this warm weather wine is ‘hot’ right now but that hasn’t always been the case. With its surge in popularity, rosé wine is now being produced around the world and with so many options it’s hard to know what to buy.
I decided to grab 4 bottles from the government liquor store (BC) to do a comparison tasting. I wanted a good cross-section of the market so I picked wines from different countries and with different grape varietals. They all ended up being dry style rosés, which is the growing trend in production and consumer taste it seems.
In no particular order, here are my tasting notes. Oh, and you will see I haven’t given points to these wines. I don’t plan on using points in my reviews because points are completely subjective and are given too much weight (in my opinion). All of these wines are good, for different reasons, and I would buy them all again.
Torres Las Mulas 2013 Organic Rosé
Varietal(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: $ 14.99 + tax (CAN)
Note: This is a big Rosé. The colour is deep ruby-red with a medium (+) intensity nose of red fruit (cherry and raspberry). On the palate, it is medium (+) to full body, dry with crisp acidity and intense flavours of cherry, cranberry and a little pepper. It is well-balanced with a medium (+) finish. Pair it with tomato sauces or Oriental cuisine.
Overall: Great for those looking for lots of flavour – it is not your Grammas wimpy rosé. I had it with a classic burger and it held its own.
Quails Gate 2015 Rosé
Varietal(s): 80% Gamay / 10% Pinot Noir / 10% Pinot Gris
Price: $ 16.49 + tax (CAN)
Note: The colour is pale salmon with a nose of strawberry and fresh melon. On the palate, it has medium body and acidity with flavours of strawberry and raspberry. It is well-balanced with a good length. Pair it with starters, salads or smoked salmon.
Overall: I found it fresh and lively with a nice acidity.
Kim Crawford 2014 Pansy Rosé
Varietal(s): Merlot / Malbec
Price: $ 16.49 + tax (CAN)
Note: The colour is light pink with a nose of cranberry and grapefruit. On the palate, it has medium body and high acidity with flavours of cranberry, citrus and sour cherry. Once it warmed up a bit the flavours softened and I got some strawberry. It has a medium finish. Pair it with chicken, burgers, cheeses or salmon.
Overall: Personally I wouldn’t sip this one on its own but it went nicely paired with a spinach salad with strawberries, feta and balsamic dressing. My least favorite in the group because of the sour cherry/ cranberry flavours, but you might love that.
Ventoux Rose 2015 La Vielle Ferme
Varietal(s): Grenache / Cinsault / Syrah
Price: $ 12.49 + tax (CAN)
Note: The colour is pale salmon with a nose of strawberry, peach and flowers. On the palate, it is dry, with medium (-) body, high acidity and flavours of peach, melon with a hint of watermelon. It is light but balanced with a medium length finish. Pair it with starters, salads or smoked salmon.
Overall: A classic French Provence style wine that is fresh, crisp and light. I would enjoy this on a sunny patio on its own or with a salad.
Clearly there is no ‘typical rosé’ and I think that is a good thing. Whether you like Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon, dry or off-dry, you can find some great rosé wines, most under $20.00 (CAN), that are super food friendly and perfect for those hot Summer days on the patio.
What’s your favorite rosé wine? Share it with us in the comments.