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The 10 Best Rosé Wines for Spring
March 24, 2020

The 10 Best Rosé Wines for Spring


Spring has officially sprung, which means it's our favorite time of the year: Rosé season! This versatile, food friendly wine is the perfect companion for fresh spring salads, seafood, and even just relaxing in your backyard. We will definitely be sipping our favorite Rosés to celebrate the warmer weather from day to night. Check out the top ten must-drink Rosés this spring!

2018 Paper Planes Rosé of Pinot Noir

10. 2018 Paper Planes Rosé of Pinot Noir

Wally's price: $27

Laura and Kyle Gabriel quit their jobs in in the film and music industries to move up to Napa and start making wine. Their greatest success has been this delightful Rosé which has exploded in popularity over the past few years. With modern styling and a refreshingly balanced juicy style, it’s one of the best domestic Rosés you will find anywhere today. - Geoff Pattison, Wally’s California Buyer

May 15, 2019 6:21:45 AM

2018 Domaine de Gros Nore Bandol Rosé

9. 2018 Domaine de Gros Nore Bandol Rosé

Wally's price: $32

A consistent performer in the Kermit Lynch portfolio, Gros Noré has turned in another fine effort in its 2018 Bandol Rosé. Half Mourvèdre, with the balance a blend of Cinsault and Grenache, it's medium-bodied, with a silky-creamy texture and plenty of depth and intensity. Crushed stone accents pineapple and lime notes, and yet the wine comes across as fully ripe and harmonious, with fruit flavors lingering on the finish. - Wine Advocate

Feb 5, 2019 7:20:30 AM

2018 Miraval Rosé Provence

8. 2018 Miraval Rosé Provence

Wally's price: $25

Pale brilliant orange. Bright and sharply focused on the mineral-driven nose, displaying intense citrus pith, strawberry, pomegranate and floral qualities. Taut and sharply delineated on the palate, offering an array of fresh red berry and citrus fruit flavors that turn spicier on the back half. Shows outstanding clarity and mineral cut on the persistent finish, which leaves a suave candied lavender note behind. 92 points. – Josh Raynolds, Vinous

May 15, 2019 6:21:45 AM

2017 Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé Nuances

7. 2017 Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé Nuances

Wally's price: $50

Vivid orange-pink. Powerful, mineral-accented cherry, blood orange and nectarine qualities on the nose, along with a suave floral nuance that builds with air. Chewy and penetrating on the palate, offering intense red berry and pit fruit flavors that are sharpened by a jolt of bitter orange pith. Finishes very long and minerally, delivering impressively persistent lavender and bitter peach pit notes. 93 points. - Josh Raynolds

May 15, 2019 6:21:45 AM

 2017 Chateau d’Esclans Rosé Les Clans

6. 2017 Chateau d’Esclans Rosé Les Clans

Wally's price: $85

Limpid orange-pink. A suave, deeply perfumed nose displays oak-spiced tangerine, raspberry and floral qualities, and a smoky nuance emerges as the wine opens up. Silky, concentrated and expansive on the palate, offering powerful red berry, peach, honeysuckle and citrus fruit flavors that pick up a subtle vanilla accent on the back half. Rich but lively as well, delivering superb finishing energy and floral-driven persistence. Fermented and aged in new and used demi-muids for 10 months. 93 points. Vinous - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

May 15, 2019 6:21:45 AM

Marciano Estate Rosé 1.5L

5. 2018 Marciano Estate Rosé 1.5L

Wally's price: $100

Maurice Marciano’s gorgeous St. Helena estate has been garnering rave reviews for their Cabernet Sauvignon over the past few years, but their most limited bottling is this impressive Rosé. Suave, elegant and full of intensity we have a limited number of magnums in stock which will make for a great conversation piece at your next backyard gathering. - Geoff Pattison, Wally’s California Buyer

May 15, 2019 6:21:45 AM

2017 Tempier Bandol Rosé

4. 2017 Tempier Bandol Rosé

Wally's price: $60

Tempier's 2017 Bandol Rosé continues to drink well. A blend of 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache and 20% Cinsault, it offers entrancing aromas of crushed stone, peach and raspberry on the nose. On the palate, it's silky, medium-bodied and intense, with plenty of bright, zesty lime on the long finish. My original blind-tasting notes include the query, "Too fruity?" but in retrospect, I suspect this just bodes well for the wine's potential longevity for those who like to cellar them. 92 points. – Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

3. 2018 Ferren Rosé of Pinot Noir

Wally's price: $30

With stints at Marcassin and Arista, Matt Courtney is one of the most sought after Pinot Noir producers in Sonoma. At Ferren he makes miniscule quantities of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of the best sites in Sonoma Coast. A tiny production, this Rosé of Pinot Noir is bright, focused and refreshing. If there is such a thing as California Cult Rose, this is it. - Geoff Pattison, Wally’s California Buyer

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

2. 2018 Rumors Rosé Cotes de Provence

Wally's price: $35

Here is an incredible new find! Emanating from the heart of Provence, Rumors is the most exciting new Rosé that we have tasted this year. Surrounded by 400 acres of Mediterranean forest, this 200-acre vineyard has a history that stretches back over 750 years. This impressive rose is bursting with floral stone fruit notes, deep minerality and a great sense of balance and freshness. Do not miss this amazing new luxury rose! - Geoff Pattison, Wally’s Provence Buyer

Feb 2, 2019 3:21:53 AM

1. 2018 Muse de Miraval Rosé

Wally's price: $400

Limpid orange-pink. Intensely perfumed aromas of fresh red berries, nectarine, blood orange and pungent flowers, along with subtle hints of smoky minerals, fennel and vanilla that emerge with air. Densely packed but surprisingly lithe thanks to a core of minerality that drives intense, deeply concentrated strawberry, cherry, orange zest and candied lavender flavors. Finishes extremely long and with sharp delineation, displaying lingering floral and vibrant mineral notes. This wine was built for cellaring and its potential is pretty clear to see. Fermented in concrete eggs, aged in 600-liter oak barrels and bottled in magnums. 94 points. - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Feb 2, 2019 3:29:34 AM

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