Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives serving our country in the. For better or for worse, it is also the official kick off of summer barbecue season. I previously wrote about the Great Whites of Washington, and while these are some super wines to have in your cellar as the weather heats up, you would be remiss if you did not pick up at least a mixed case of Rosé wines as well.
Here are three favorite Rosé wines that will get consumed in copious quantities over the next several months at the Zinfandel Chronicles headquarters.
2012 Gorman 42-39-56 – The name of this wine is almost worth the price of admission in and of itself (in case you don’t know, it is a reference to the classic AD/DC song Whole Lotta Rosie). 13.5% ABV. Made from Syrah and Cabernet. Strawberries, raspberries and watermelon leap from the glass. Bright acidity. A Rosé wine for a red wine drinker and a wine that will pair perfectly with a summer salad. My rating: 90 points. $15 at the winery.
2012 Ross Andrew Meadow Rosé – 12.7% ABV. Made from Sangiovese. Salmon colored. Strawberries, spice, mineral, boysenberry and a hint of citrus. Super refreshing. Crisp acidity. Wait until the first day of 85 degrees and enjoy this wine on your back deck. My rating: 87 points. $16 at the winery.
2012 Sleight of Hand Cellars The Magician’s Assistant Rosé – 13.5% ABV. Made from Cabernet Franc. A light copper in color. Melon, peppers and strawberries on the palate. Racy acidity. Great mouthfeel. 88 points. $18 at the winery.
So there’s your shopping list of 3 easy drinking Rosé wines just in time for a Memorial Day barbecue. I’d love to hear about your favorite Washington Rosé style wines.
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