Over the years I’ve noticed that my palate changes with the seasons. In the summer months I find myself craving lighter wines over crisp whites or reds- hello Rose! This is where rose has carved its niche in a very crowded wine world, with its popularity resulting in a market overloaded by products trying to cash in on the trend. Even Provence France, the epicenter of dry rose, has become inconsistent. It’s not all bad, there are still many regions making world class dry rose. Pockets in California and the Pacific Northwest offer some very good producers. I recently had the opportunity to review a few Roses made from Pinot Noir.

– Steve Pollack, National Sales Director

King Estate Rose of Pinot Noir 2018

Aromas of mineral stone and white flowers. The palate offers plum, tart cherry fruit, with hints of rhubarb and dragon fruit. Finishes bright and clean, highlighting its brisk frame of strawberry and watermelon. Great with grilled Salmon.

Suggested Retail: $25

Score: 89 Points

Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Rose of Pinot Noir 2018

Aromas of fresh fruit, cherries, plums and candied watermelon. The palate offers strawberry, flowers, stone fruit and notes of white pepper. Finishes with a unique watermelon flavor and notes of bell pepper. This plump, ripe offering is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Suggested Retail: $25

Score: 90 Points

Brooks Pinot Noir Rose 2018

Aromas of stone fruit, sliced watermelon, and crushed flowers. The palate is fresh and crisp, showing strawberry, pink grapefruit, white plum, cherry blossom and spicy flavors. Finishes with dried cranberry and roasted cherry- pure fruit with a beautiful acid balance. Try with grilled lime shrimp.

Suggested Retail: $20

Score: 91 Points

Dawn’s Dream Pinot Noir Rose Santa Lucia Highlands 2018

This wine is pale salmon in color, offering fresh strawberry, banana peel and kiwi flavors. The finish is refreshing, showing tart cherry, complete with notes of strawberry and lemon.

Suggested Retail: $35

Score: 90 Points

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