There was a time when you couldn't give away rose wines. They were dismissed as insipid and sweet but nothing could be further from the truth. Dry roses are all the rage now, heartily embraced for their charm and elegance. They are the perfect warm weather refresher. Here are the panel's top three pink picks:
2014 Julia's Dazzle Rose, $15.99
The dark-skinned pinot gris grape is typically vinified as a white wine, but extended skin contact yields a lovely rose, as this bottle from Washington proves. Strawberry is the fruit of choice here, mixed with a touch of peach and spice on the nose. Strawberry flavors carry the palate, as well, backed by crisp citrus and an intriguing hint of cinnamon.
2014 Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rose, $18.99
Jolivet is one of the top producers in France's Sancerre region, and this rose of pinot noir is an example of why that is. It's a beautifully balanced, elegantly refreshing wine with subtle strawberry and melon aromas. Though it's the lightest in color of the three, this wine's flavors have a lively richness, with tangy cherry, peach and blood orange. A nice bit of citrus zest lingers on the finish.
2014 Villa des Collines Rose, $13.99
This blend of grenache, syrah and cinsault from the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in France is a lovely, light rose petal in color. The aromas are a succulent mix of peach and raspberry. There's an equally nice richness to the palate, where ripe berry, cherry and apricot fruit is balanced by crisp citrus. A cleansing hit of acidity carries through on the long finish.