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The Weekly Dozen - A Fresh Bouquet of Pinks

Rosés are like roses, not only in color but in the fact that once they start blooming in the spring, new summery batches come to life as soon as the early blossoms disappear.

Rosés are also a bit hard to write about in their similarity, as most are lighter in body, have tastes of strawberries and melons with an occasional heavier cherry flavor and should have refreshing acidity in the finish. Yet there are usually more-subtle differences to note.

Here are nine of them, including a lovely pink Champagne.

2018 Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Reserve Rosé ($11). Love it for the old-fashion label, but more for the light, crisp flavors with a bit of a tang, a touch of garrigue and a fresh finish.

2018 Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Rosé ($11). This is a shipper’s or negoçiant wine from the folks who own Château Mouton-Rothschild – but not from their primary vineyards. It’s easy-going with light orangish flavors and mild acidity.

2018 Clarence Dillon “Clarendelle” Bordeaux Rosé ($13). And this is a shipper’s wine from the folks who own Château Haut Brion – crisp strawberry flavors with a touch of creaminess.

2018 Bread & Butter California Rosé ($16).  Juicy wine with strawberry and melon tastes and moderate acidity.

2018 Tank Garage “Joy Ride” California Rosé ($23). Really nice, but a little hard to find – a blend of Languedoc varieties and a touch of Riesling with light flavors and a satisfying finish.

2018 Oak Farm Lodi Rosé ($24). Lightly sweet berry flavors with a little tang and a hint of cream.

2018 La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir Rosé ($25). Fresh and crisp – strawberries with a hint of tropical fruits.

2018 Chehalem Williamette Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir ($28). Well-made wine of substance – ripe strawberries with some raspberries, refreshing but with enough presence to take to the table with most summer foods.

2012 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne Rosé ($62). Beautiful aromas, especially if you let your nose get close to be tickled by the rising bubbles – crisp structure with lots of citrus, a touch of toast and great texture, the kind of wine you don’t easy tire of.

2017 Frank Family Carneros Chardonnay ($38). Nice combo of apple flavors and greener notes with moderate creaminess, a little vanilla and a crisp finish.

2016 Marco Felluga Russiz Superiore “Col Disôre” Collio Bianco ($40). Ripe, rounded fruit with flavors of apricot, pear and mango and great structure – a serious, yet friendly drink.

2016 Marco Felluga Russiz Superiore Collio Cabernet Franc ($29). Very good fresh raspberry flavors, but leaner, fresher and less-concentrated than most Francs.


Prices listed are generally SRP or from wine-searcher.com.

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