Rose Taste Off
2019 Vintage Rosé Taste-Off Results!

Our annual Rosé Taste-Off took place last week with one slight change from years past, no customers. Usually, the taste-off is done by our customers who give the wines their own reviews, however, Covid-19 put a damper on that this year. No worries though, the PJ Wine staff stepped up to the plate and knocked these Rosé samples out of the park, after all, we couldn’t let one of our favorite tastings go undone.

The goal of the taste-off is to find the best new Rosés of the vintage (2019). There are many Rosés we carry year in and year out, but here we are looking for something new. We tasted a little over fifty different Rosés from around the world and of all different price ranges; the prices were not shown to help eliminate bias. Well, once again the results are intriguing.

The top two Rosés were neck and neck fighting for first place, and as our tasting panel kept going back to them, the clear winner revealed herself… San Salvatore Vetere Paestum Rosato 2019! This is a top producer in Campania, Italy, known for its beautiful red wines of Aglianico, but maybe they should be known for their Rosato because it’s killer!

The rest of the top ten finishers are quite diverse. Second place went to an absolute seamless Bordeaux Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this appeared in the top ten two years ago as well. We also have two very different Sancerre Rosés of Pinot Noir, the Raimbult has assertive acidity and tons of complexity while the Lauverjat is fuller, rounder, and sexy. We also have Rosés of Sangiovese (Italy), of Cabernet Franc from the Finger Lakes (New York), of Pinot Noir from Chile and of course some classic Southern France ones as well. 

All wines are in stock. We are very happy with the results and we know you will be as well. I suggest mixing up a case and doing your own Rosé Taste-Off.

Enjoy!

 

Winner of PJ Wine's 2019 Rose Taste Off!


San Salvatore Vetere Paestum Rosato 2019 
Shelf Price $21.99
Sale Price $19.77

The winner of our 2019 vintage Rosé Taste-Off! Made from organically grown Aglianico grapes, by one of the top producers in Campania. The first thing you will notice is the very cool shaped bottle, the second thing will be the color of the wine - it is the color of Watermelon Jolly Ranchers! This Italian Rosato has red berry, citrus notes, and great depth, all resulting in the most compelling wine of the tasting. Crisp and bright, with great intensity and yet low in alcohol (11.5%). If you want to step up your Rosé game, this is the wine to do it!

 

Chateau La Rame Bordeaux Rose 2019
Shelf Price $16.99
Sale Price $14.97

The grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon (80%) and Merlot (20%) from 28 years old vines. It is easy to see why this wine did so well in our Taste-Off. While being crisp and refreshing it also had much more richness on the palate than many of the other wines. Cabernet and Merlot produce more powerful wines than Grenache or Cinsault, and this shows in this Rosé. This wine is medium-bodied and cleanly made, with a bit more character than most roses. This is a great find!

 

Roger et Didier Raimbault Sancerre Rose 2019
Shelf Price $22.99
Sale Price $18.97

Crafted from 100% Pinot Noir, planted on the terre blanche and les caillotes soils of Sancerre. No destemming during the winemaking process, with direct press, and 2-4 weeks of temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Wine is then matured for twelve months in stainless steel tanks. The result of their meticulous process is a Rosé with incredible tension. Laser-like acidity, delicate, yet assertive and hyper-focused like a tiger patiently waiting to pounce. A wine connoisseurs Rosé.

 

Karine Lauverjat Sancerre Rose 2019 
Shelf Price $19.99
Sale Price $17.97

100% Pinot Noir, fermented and aged in stainless steel. This salmon-colored beauty has enticing aromas of wild strawberries and the classic mineral backbone that typifies the wines of Sancerre. This Sancerre Rosé is rounder with more of a presence on the palate… irresistible!

 

Morisfarms Rosamundi Rosato 2019 
Shelf Price $14.99
Sale Price $13.47

If the Rosé taste-off was judged on aromatics alone, Rosamundi would be the clear winner. Bright aromatics of fresh red fruit and yet not ripe nor sweet. The body is medium while remaining delicate and clean. This dry Rosé is clearly Italian through and through.

 

Sheldrake Point Winery Finger Lakes Dry Rose 2019
Shelf Price $14.99
Sale Price $12.97

This is the third year in a row that Sheldrake came in the Top Ten. This Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc Rosé is a bit darker than last year but not sweet. The fruit is classic Cabernet Franc, but not green, and it's white cherry and mineral bouquet is to die for. This dry Rosé refreshes with grapefruit and peach while presenting a soft strawberry finish. 

 

Prisma Rose of Pinot Noir Casablanca 2019
Shelf Price $11.99
Sale Price $10.77

Prisma Rosé of Pinot Noir comes from 14-year-old vineyards in Casablanca Valley, Chile, at 1,000 feet of altitude. The fruit is destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks after a 2-hour maceration to just add a slightly pink color to the wine. This was a big surprise in the tasting, completely new to us but we are glad we found it! The cool climate results in a softer expression of Pinot Noir Rosé. The strawberry-like fruit is so bright it’s practically jumping out of the glass!

 

Chateau Mourgues du Gres Costieres de Nimes Fleur d'Eglantine Rose 2019
Shelf Price $12.99
Sale Price $11.67

This was the richest on the palate of our top ten Rosés, which makes sense considering the cepage (55% Grenache Noir, 30% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah). Mourgues du Grès is recognized as one of the very best estates in the Costières de Nimes, so it is no surprise that their Fleur d’Eglantine Rosé would be a knockout! A pretty pink color, but do not let that fool you, this wine is not simple nor frivolous. Great texture wrapped around the perfect amount of acidity. This is a steal at this price!

 

Maison Noir Love Drunk Rose Willamette Valley 2019
Shelf Price $17.99
Sale Price $14.97

Love Drunk is an intoxicating Rosé. Much like new love, it clouds the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise, and lips to pucker. Provocative aromas of strawberry and raspberry, followed by refreshing flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind, and a hint of kiwi. This Rosé is a touch sweet but not shockingly so, after all, a room full of classic palates selected it in the top ten.

 

Foncalieu Vallee des Pins Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rose 2019 
Shelf Price $14.99
Sale Price $13.47

The rough, sun-baked terrain of Provence is composed of hard limestone and clay soils

that produce grapes with loads of character and extraction suitable for aromatic Rosé. Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault and a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon make up the blend here. This is the most traditional Rosé in our top ten - pale and subtle. In the nose, red fruits like raspberries and strawberries are dominating with more exotic fruits like guava and kiwi in the background. Perfectly balanced acidity makes this easy to pair with an assortment of fare.


 

Looking for other Rose?  Check our Rose collection here

 

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