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Top 8 Rose Wines

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Rosé wines have long been aquainted with the dog days of summer and provide a perfect backdrop to many of summer's greatest food fare. Working to overcome their tainted reputation of being super sweet, "intro" wines, a true Rosé is often off-dry to dry in nature and displays appropriate fresh fruit flavors that lean toward the strawberry and raspberry side of the fruit spectrum. Try any of the top pick Rosés and you won't be disappointed!

1. Jaboulet Côtes du Rhône Parallèle 45 Rosé 2005 (FR) $ 11

The Jaboulet Côtes du Rhône Parallèle 45 Rosé 2005 is a classic French Rosé from the Rhône region. This is a vibrant Rosé with dominating flavors of raspberries and strawberries, there is a kick of spice on the finish. Three grape varietals are blended to make this Rosé - Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. A great complement to grilled fish or roasted veggies.

2. Red Bicyclette French Rosé 2005 (France) $10-12

Talk about a wine made for relaxed summer fun and spontaneous barbecues! This easy-going Red Bicyclette Rosé from the Languedoc region of Southern France is brimming with the fresh flavors of red fruits - strawberry, raspberry and a hint of citrus. A blend of predominately Syrah and Grenache grapes brings a refreshing well-structured wine. This Rosé is capable of handling summer's best fare, from grilled veggies to Asian spice, certainly a wine to be stocked and ready to go all summer long!

3. El Coto de Rioja Rosado 2005 (Spain) $10

The El Coto de Rioja Rosado has an intense pink color and offers a smooth palate feel, with the dominant flavors of cherry and raspberry. This is a fresh and lively wine with a semi-dry finish. A terrific choice for grilled fare, pasta salads, fish and summer salads.

4. V. Sattui's 2005 Gamay Rouge (California) $17

V. Sattui's Gamay Rouge is a phenomenal Rosé that is sure to be a palate pleaser! Extended contact with the grape skins produces a rich red rose color. The flavor profile provides the palate with stunning strawberry and a touch of cherry. A top pick wine to sip by the pool or pair with virtually any of summer's bounty!

5. Folonari Pink Pinot Grigio 2005 (Italy) $8

Yes, Pinot Grigio is a white grape, so how they heck is it presented as a Rosé? Italy's Pinot Grigio grape has dark skin and the fermenting juice is colored by contact with this dark grape skin, producing a lovely, pink color. Fresh floral and fruit aromas are set to greet you upon first impression, followed by a slightly sweet citrus flavor. This is a perfect wine for Asian fare and seafood.

6. V. Sattui 2005 Rosato (CA) $15

This is a hotshot dry Rosé from V. Sattui, that is sure to knock your socks off with its vibrant fresh berry flavors from start to finish. A top pick Rosé for bridal showers, brunches or appetizers.

7. 2005 A to Z Oregon Rosé (OR) $12

This Rosé is derived from the Sangiovese grapes. It highlights the flavors of cherries and strawberries, wrapped in floral overtones. A beautiful wine that pairs with a wide array of summertime favorites.

8. Bonny Doon 2005 Vin Gris de Cigare (CA) $13

This is a fun, yet unique Rosé (would you expect anything less from Bonny Doon?). Serious summer fruits grace the palate and meld into a delicious blend of jammy juices, in Bonny Doon's 2005 Rosé.
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