In Spain, rosado means rosé, and when Bodegas Bleda makes a rosado, it means business. Made from 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre) grapes, this vivacious Spanish rosé literally glows with a cheerful pink color. Bodegas Bleda has installed state-of-the-art vinification facilities, and has vastly reduced the yields on its organically tended vineyards to a miserly 18 hectoliters per hectare. Because Monastrell has robust varietal character, this rosado packs a lot of flavor. A refreshing bouquet of fresh cut strawberries, herbs, and zesty citrus leads to flavors of red berry and ripe cherry, which sail over the palate before coming to a crisp, commendably dry finish. Subtle undercurrents of minerality and earth persist on the aftertaste. -- Ben Giliberti
Hailed by Robert Parker as “one of the 20 most influential wine personalities of the past 20 years,” Robert “Bobby” Kacher is as passionate about seeking out great and often undiscovered wines today as when he began his eponymous import business more than two decades ago. Constantly challenging his growers and winemakers to produce more authentic and naturally complex wines, Bobby continues to bring higher quality and value to his extensive portfolio every year. The vivid pink 2012 Château Grande Cassagne Rosé, made on the western edge of the Rhône Valley by brother team Benoît and Laurent Dardé, is a special USA-only cuvee produced exclusively for Robert Kacher Selections. Made from 45% Grenache, 45% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre, this rosé offers plush flavors of strawberry, fresh herbs, dark plum, and white pepper, with a hint of minerally tang on a fully dry finish. -- Ben Giliberti
Château Thieuley red and white have been one of the most popular wines in Calvert Woodley’s extensive petit chateaux collection for almost 30 years. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of owner Francis Courselle, and more recently, his daughter Mary, Château Thieuley’s crisp, refreshingly dry rosé has emerged as a charming companion to the stalwart Thieuley reds and whites. Although the rosé is made from 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Cabernet Franc, the key to its winning ways is unquestionably the Cabernet Franc. This grape’s fresh, spicy, herbal signature is writ large in the aromatic bouquet and crisp, airy finish, where it joins a chorus of tart cherry, raspberry and strawberry notes provided by the Merlot and the Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine will work brilliantly with grilled salmon, rosy veal chops, vegetarian dishes, or all by itself as an aperitif.
This nervy rosé really needs a plate of fresh, briny oysters to show at its best. The bouquet is classic Sancerre, with plenty of minerally notes to complement the tart strawberry notes of the Pinot Noir grape. An ideal match with classic Loire cuisine such as such as goat cheese, ceviche, and of course, oysters.