The Best Wines of 2015

Rosé

(97) Champagne Henriot, Brut Rosé (France). A stunning example of a world-class rosé Champagne. From the brilliant salmon-pink color to the fine and delicate mousse, you can see its pedigree. Delicate strawberry and cherry on the nose are followed by a palate of complexity and elegance. A long, balanced finish confirms the wine’s pedigree and class. Outstanding. ($70)

(95) Chateau Grande Cassagne Rosé 2014 (France). A blend of 60% grenache and 40% syrah with a gorgeous, brilliant ruby color with fresh, ripe aromas of lilac and raspberry. Flavors of sweet/tangy berry and cherry dazzle the palate and finish with racy, crisp acidity. A perfect warm-weather aperitif. ($11)

(95) Alexander Valley Vineyards Dry Rosé 2014 (California). A lovely pink/salmon color greets the eye. Aromas of strawberry and watermelon with a hint of lilac lead to rich flavors of wildberry, melon and mandarin. Around all is a wisp of sweet mint. The finish is long and zesty with a touch of Alexander Valley “terroir.” Try this with pasta Alfredo. ($15)

(95) Domaine du Tariquet Rosé 2014 (France). A neat blend of 30% merlot, 30% cabernet franc, 15% tannat and 25% syrah. Hints of pomegranate, cherry and raspberry tantalize the nose and show up on the palate with a bit of ginger and pear. The mouthfeel is rather delicate, but intriguing. The finish is clean, refreshing and very satisfying. An elegant, delicious wine. ($13)

(95) Domaine Saint Antoine Rosé 2014 (France). This is 100% syrah—and it shows. The wine’s color is cherry red. There’s a floral bouquet with notes of rose petal followed by cherry and red currant. Those fruit flavors continue on the palate with hints of spice and minerality. The finish is long, lively, and lip-smacking, with just a bit of sweet fruit. Pair this with grilled salmon. ($11)

(95) Guilhem Moulin De Gassac Rosé 2014 (France). A blend of 50% grenache and 50% carignan from 25- to 50-year-old vines grown on stony soils. The color is pretty—a pale carnation pink. Nuances of peach, strawberry, wildflower and flint all harmonize on the nose. Flavors of not-quite-ripe raspberry, apricot and peach delight the palate and finish with crisp sweet/tart acidity balanced with a hint of minerality. A terrific thirst quencher. ($12)

(93) Domaine Le Pive Gris Vin Rosé 2014 (France). Don’t be fooled by the tropical fruit in the nose. This pale-pink wine, featuring four grapes (merlot, grenache noir, grenache gris, cabernet franc), is actually a dry, light blend. Perfect for enjoying outdoors on a summer’s eve. ($15)

(93) Gruet Sparkling Brut Rosé NV (New Mexico). Always a favorite; fresh, dry and rich with hints of strawberries, raspberries and cherry; consistent quality. Great with ham, Indian food and appetizers. ($17)

(92) Chateau La Tour St Anne Rosé 2014 (France). This delicate wine delivers cherry and strawberry notes. It pairs well with lighter dishes or on its own, and should be served well chilled. ($15)

(92) Domaine St Croix Cuvee Montlaures 2014 (France). Lively and elegant, full-up berries and minerality leading to a balanced, fruity finish. ($24)

(92) Dr. Konstantin Frank, Dry Rosé 2014 (New York). The darker pink color showcases the blend of different varieties—pinot noir, merlot, cabernets sauvignon and franc. Ripe and attractive berry fruit on the nose is followed by a taste that’s clean and bright, with a refreshing and satisfying finish. ($15)

(92) Martin Ray Vineyards and Winery Rosé of Pinot Noir 2014 (California). This rosé from the Russian River Valley will awaken your senses starting with its pink rose-petal color followed by floral notes of raspberry and orange blossoms and continuing with beautiful tropical fruit and lime flavors. Medium bodied with excellent balance. ($15)

(92) Villa Sandi Il Fresco Rosé (Italy). A lovely and bright blend of glera and pinot nero. A small amount of the red wines is added to the white, contributing to the pale salmon color. Fresh berries on the nose are followed by the bright fruit, with some added weight and complexity. A longer finish adds to the appeal. ($15)

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