15 Fall Rosés
In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we urge you to think and drink pink with these top-rated rosés.
You can also go global and support DeMorgenzon Winery's owner Wendy Appelbaum's foundation, the Women's Health Institute, and PinkDrive in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Dedicated to the advancement of treatment for disorders affecting women—including breast cancer education and awareness—both organizations team up to educate both men and women on the importance of breast health.
Light in color, this nuanced rosé is perfectly balanced between savory and sweet. Delicate yet ripe berry notes marry harmoniously with pink and purple flower accents. It’s refreshing and beautiful to drink, like a freshly picked peach on a summer’s day.—V.B.
Abv: 12.7% Price: $25
From fifty-year old, high altitude vines on Mt. Etna, this is a stunning and structured rosato made from native grape Nerello Mascalese. It’s loaded with finesse, boasting tart apple, wild cherry, strawberry, white pepper, red grapefruit and intense mineral sensations alongside crisp acidity. Editors’ Choice.—K.O.
Abv: 13% Price: $21
Kathleen Inman has gained such a following with her Rosé that she’s given it a special designation, a nod to her happy marriage. Made in a direct-press style, the dry, refreshing wine is light salmon in color and marked by aromatic grapefruit and strawberry, mouthfilling and juicy as a slice of watermelon in summer.—V.B.
Abv: 12.5% Price: $25
The deeper shade of rose-petal pink promises intensity that the nose does not fail to deliver. Ripe red cherry fruit is framed by the aromatic lift of nettle leaves. The palate is bone-dry but echoes with that refreshing trinity of nettle, cherry and lemon. A vestige of tannin provides welcome backbone. Editors’ Choice. —A.K.
Abv: 13% Price: $25
A dusty aroma eventually burns off to reveal balsamic notes and allspice. The palate doles out black cherry, crushed raspberry, coconut, espresso, mocha, dried sage and licorice. Astringent tannins give an abrupt and drying finish.—K.O.
Abv: 14% Price: $92
This blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Cinsault is bold and lively, with aromas and flavors of ripe raspberry, red cherry and white melon, framed by hints of garrigue. The subtly textured palate lends structure and depth, with ample acidity providing lift and balance. Pair this with simple grilled meat or chicken.—L.B.
Abv: 13.5% Price: $21
This substantial dry rosé, mostly made from Carignane grapes, is extremely rich in color. Likewise, the flavors have plenty of juicy red wine notes like cherry, raspberry and earthy spices, and it balances well between good acidity and creamy viscosity. It can almost substitute for a red wine, and will add depth to occasions with equally flavorful food. Best Buy. —J.G.
Abv: 13.5% Price: $15
90 Weixelbaum 2013 Gemischter Satz aus Merlot, Syrah & Zweigelt Rosé Niederösterreich Restrained aromatics slowly release notes of strawberry cheesecake in a soft, light and mellow body. It carries enough heft to pair with food allied with lovely, fresh acidity.—A.K.
Abv: 12% Price: N/A
90 Seven Hills 2013 Dry Rosé Columbia Valley (WA)
Rosés made from Bordeaux varieties can be difficult, as the tannins may quickly get out of the cage and start eating the fruit. Here the blend of 70% Cab Franc, 15% Petit Verdot and 15% Malbec is big and bold, but balanced perfectly. Deceptively pale, it’s a hearty rosé packed with apricot, peach and other tree fruits, along with a light touch of spice. Editors’ Choice.
Abv: 11.8% Price: $17
This pale-pink rosé has aromas of white flowers and red raspberries. It’s a blend of five grapes, predominantly Kefrankos, Merlot and Syrah. There are flavors of Lady apples, red raspberries and dried cherries before a crisp, clean finish.—J.J.
Abv: 12.5% Price: $19
This rosé is a blend of Teran, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It has aromas of red cherries and strawberries, and delightful flavors of dried strawberries and strawberry ice cream. The finish has a good level of acidity, with enough astringency to pair well with fresh seafood.—J.J.
Abv: 12% Price: $21
Lush with ripe red raspberry and cherry flavors, yet nervy with acidity and minerality, this dusty-rose rosé is quaffable yet remarkably nuanced. It’s rich and silky on the palate with a lingering cherry blossom perfume on the finish.—A.I.
Abv: 12.7% Price: $16
89 Château de Nages 2013 Vieilles Vignes Rosé Costières de Nîmes
With its toasty, nutty aromas and flavors, this isn’t a traditional Southern Rhône white, even though it’s made from traditional varieties. A portion is fermented and matured for a short time in oak, imparting plenty of texture, but bold pineapple fruit is also evident, and comes blazing through on the finish. Try it with winter’s rich seafood dishes.
Abv: 13.5% Price: $15
An extremely pale blush color, hints of banana and peach accent aromas of ripe strawberries and raspberries. Light weight and refreshing, this boasts zippy acidity and a fruity, mouthwatering palate that ends brisk and clean. —L.B.
Abv: 12% Price: $16
89 Bink 2013 Lumineux Rosé Yorkville Highlands
A rosé with a difference: this is rich in texture and body as if it were barrel aged. It has a light peach color, plus delicate strawberry and peach aromas. A creamy mouthfeel carries the fruit flavors and adds hints of vanilla and baking spices.
Abv: 14.1% Price: $18