Editors' Favorite Value Wines – Rosés

88 Hermanos Lurton 2004 Rosado (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León); $11. The fresh berry, red licorice and cherry Lifesaver aromas will make you think you’ve placed your nose in a bushel of summer fruit, and while this rosé from the warm plains of central Spain looks more red than pink, it shows a bit of stoniness and a ton of clean, attractive flavors. It’s a blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo from vineyards around Valladolid, and it will appeal to those who prefer a bit of meat on the bones of their dry pink wines. —M.S.

87 Domaine Massamier la Mignarde 2004 Cuvée des Oliviers (Vin de Pays des Coteaux de Peyriac); $9. A rosé during winter? Certainly. Cool as an apéritif, but just as fine a combination with the winter turkey. This bone-dry rosé, from vineyards close to Minervois in the Languedoc region of France, is a fine, crisp wine, with just a touch of caramel. It has freshness but also some weight. When the kitchen gets hot, reach for a glass. —R.V.

87 Folie à Deux 2004 Menage à Trois Rosé Table Wine (California); $10. This Napa Cab specialist jumps into the red-hot rose category with a non-traditional blend of Merlot, Syrah and Gewürztraminer. The grapes were cold-soaked and fermented in stainless steel at low temperatures, preserving vibrantly ripe red cherry, raspberry, strawberry, mocha and cinnamon flavors, finished with a lively spritz of citrus and spice. Alcohol is a modest 13%. Enjoy this Provençal-style charmer with a spicy Mediterranean fish stew. —S.H.

86 Angove’s 2005 Nine Vines Rosé (South Australia); $10. Dark red-garnet in color, with aromas of meat, mineral and plum. I like this rosé for its full body and dark berry-and-chalk flavor profile. It’s 70% Grenache and 30% Shiraz, a grownup (read: dry and full) version of rosé at an affordable price. Its modern, sleek packaging, too, belies its cost. —D.T.

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Published on November 15, 2005
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