Category: Californian Rosé

Macrostie Winery Rosé of Pinot Noir 2021, Sonoma Coast, California



Beautiful color of light pink with a peachy hue.

On the nose raspberries, sweet strawberries, limes, grapefruits, spices, light herbs and light sea salt.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, green apples, grapefruits, herbs, spices, earth, light vegetables and black pepper.

Tangy finish with spices and bitter almonds.

This is an easy drinking Rosé from Sonoma Coast. A nice summer wine.

Fruity on the nose and earthier on the palate. Light and engaging. Crisp and refreshing.

Feels like a French Rosé with a touch of new world.

Better after 20 minutes of airtime, and will pair nicely with food. I had it all by itself by the beach.

13.3% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$30.

Smith-Madrone Vineyards Spring Mountain District Rosé 2021, Napa Valley, California



Bright neon cherry in color.

On the nose light raspberries, citrus, limes, green apples, light herbs and minerals.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, sour cherries, limes, green apples, red grapefruit, spices and white pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with limes and light almonds.

This is a unique Cabernet Franc Rosé from Napa Valley. Feels fresh with some weight on the mouthfeel.

Nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing. Tangy and easy drinking.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and will pair nicely with food too.

A blend of 67% Cabernet Franc and 33% Merlot. A tiny production of less than 2,000 bottles.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.

Meadowcroft Wines Rivertrace Rosé 2021, California




A pretty color of orange, with a pink hue.

On the nose strawberries, unripe cherries, earth, citrus, vegetables, limes, bitter herbs and minerals.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, cherries, spices, earth, limes, grapefruits, green apples, bitter herbs and vegetables.

Tangy finish with black pepper and almonds.

This is a unique California Rosé, that drinks more like a French one. Earthy with lots of herb notes.

Soft, elegant and spicy. Crisp and refreshing.

A good food wine, and better when not too cold.

I had it by the beach, and it paired nicely with the Brie cheese.

A blend of 60% Syrah, 20% Malbec and 20% Grenache. A small production of only 2,200 bottles made.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$30.

Hawk and Horse Vineyards Sparkling Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 , Lake County, California

Light salmon in color.

On the nose black currants, raspberries, spices, citrus, green apples, minerals, herbs and earth.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, strawberries, cherries, spices, earth, peppercorn, green apples and light grapefruits.

Nice length on the finish with spices and limes.

This is a delicious sparkling Rosé from Lake County in California.

Nicely balanced with nice complexity. Spicy and entertaining. Not bitter nor tart. Just right.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

I really enjoy these Cabernet Sauvignon sparkling wines.

Good by itself or with food. Easy drinking and good for parties. I paired it with a pulled chicken salad and a gorgeous view.

12.4% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.

Patent Wines Oak Knoll Rosé 2021 Napa Valley, California

Neon pink in color.

Strong fruity nose of roses, candid cherries, wildflowers, sweet strawberries, citrus, melons and lemons.

Medium bodied and refreshing, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate lemons, citrus, cherries, apples, raspberries, pears light spices, light vegetables and white pepper.

Long finish with tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Rosé from Napa Valley.

Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and easy drinking.

This Single Vineyard is tangy, fresh and rich. Alcohol is nicely integrated.

A great pool wine and good for parties too.

Very tasty, and good by itself or with food. Paired wonderfully with sushi.

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were hand harvested. A tiny production of only 70 cases.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$33.

Girasole Vineyards Rosé 2021 Mendocino County, California



Very light salmon in color. Elegant looking.

Fruity nose of roses, citrus, apples, light strawberries, peaches and light candy.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, cherries, apples, limes, lemons, almonds, citrus and spices.

Tangy finish with limes.

This is a nice and easy drinking Rosé from Mendocino County. Nicely balanced with a touch of RS.

A good everyday wine. Crisp and refreshing.

Good by itself as a sipping wine by the porch or pool.

Organic and vegan.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$15.

Kukeri Wines Rosé Nouveau 2021, Sonoma Coast, California



Deep salmon in color with an orange hue.

On the nose raspberries, strawberries, limes, earth, bitter herbs and green apples.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, cranberries, sour cherries, earth, bitter vegetables, green apples, black pepper and spices.

Tangy finish with bitter herbs.

This is a nice Rosé from Sonoma Coast in California. A good quality wine, earthy and good with food.

Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel.

Feels like a Rosé from Southern France.

100% Pinot Noir grapes from a Single Vineyard were aged in French oak barrels for 2 months. A tiny production of only 3 barrels.

13.1% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$28.

Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks Zinfandel Rosé 2020, Sierra Foothills, California

Deep salmon in color.

Fruity nose of raspberries, citrus, apples, metals and light vegetables.

Medium in body and refreshing, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, lemons, citrus, green apples, light grapefruits, earth and light vegetables.

Showing mild complexity with a nice finish.

This is a nice Rosé from Sierra Foothills in California. Made with Zinfandel grapes, which is interesting.

Easy drinking and good for parties.

Nice and engaging and a good porch wine to have all by itself.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$17.

Kanpai Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2020, Napa Valley, California


Salmon in color with an orange hue.

On the nose raspberries, citrus, strawberries, limes, green apples and minerals.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, light raspberries, bitter herbs, earth and light black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins bitter almonds and limes.

This is a crisp Rosé from Napa Valley. Earthier than I expected it to be, actually. Feels like a French Rosé.

Spicy and entertaining with a nice grip, which is interesting.

A nice and easy drinking Rosé for the pool. Will pair nicely with food too.

Made with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$25.

Topel Winery Orsa Rosé of Pinot Noir 2020, Russian River Valley, California

Pale salmon in color.

Light nose of limes, grapefruits, earth, river rocks, raspberries, minerals and spices.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with light strawberries, cranberries, limes, grapefruits, green apples, earth and bitter herbs.

Tangy finish with bitter almonds.

This is a nice and refreshing Rosé from Russian River Valley. Tangy and spicy.

Earthier than I expected, and feels like a Rosé from Southern France.

Easy drinking and good for the pool. Good by itself and better with food.

12.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$22.