Rose Taste Off
Rose Taste Off Results Are In!!!
Rosé Taste Off - 2018 Vintage Results!

The results from our 2018 vintage Rosé Taste Off are in and boy, oh boy are they interesting! This tasting is probably the most fun one we host, with over eighty participants tasting and rating the wines on a scale of 1-5 (1 = yuck and 5 = delicious, too good to share). Participants get to be the wine critics for the day, and I stay out of it. This year we had about sixty different Rosés from around the world in all different price ranges, which are not posted to help eliminate bias, and very different styles.

The results were intriguing, with the king of Rosé, Provençe, taking the top spot. Although this is by far the most popular region for Rosé,  Chateau Sainte Roseline Le Cloitre Provence Rosé Cru Classe 2018 ended up being the only Provencal wine in the top ten.

The other top wines resulted in being very French-oriented and yet quite diverse, with classic regions such as Chinon, Touraine, Sancerre and Bordeaux being represented, but also two wines from Italy, a New York, and a Portugeuse wine as well.

This diverse Top Ten list are all wines we stand by and we are excited to promote them through the upcoming spring and summer. This is the perfect time to stock up; I suggest mixing up a case and doing your own Rosé Taste Off.


Winner of PJ Wine's 2018 Rose Taste Off!


1st.  Chateau Sainte Roseline Le Cloitre Provence Rosé Cru Classe 2018

Shelf Price $16.99
Sale Price $14.97

This is classic Provencal Rosé, being Grenache based, clean and crisp. The wine has a delicate light salmon hue, but do not let that fool you, for the character of the wine is full and complex. Great texture and mouthfeel adds to the overall enjoyment. It is easy to see why this won our taste off.

Château Sainte Roseline is a prestigious one thousand year old terroir with some vineyards created by Pope Jean XXII (1244 - 1334), and is one of the richest historical sites in Provence. History has graced the château with an exceptional double distinction. It is both a registered historical site and one of the Cru Classé vineyards since 1955 of the Côtes de Provence. These cultural awards have made the parish chapel one of the most visited sites in the Provence region and have rewarded the wine for its excellence. Indeed, the property is one of the most visited places in Provence thanks to its XII century cloister, its chapel built in 1329, just after the death of Sainte Roseline (1263 - 1329). The place has become a pilgrimage place with the actual body of Sainte Roseline being exposed on site in the Chapel (you will easily find it on google image or I can send you a picture if interested!). You can also find on site some Chagall mosaic, and a Giacometti bas relief. The new owner added some modern art that can be seen all around the property.


2nd.   Pico Maccario Lavignone Rosato 2018

Shelf Price $16.99
Sale Price $15.27

This wine came in second place in our 2018 Rosé Taste Off!

Crafted from Barbera in Piedmont, Italy. The body of the wine is not rich but pale pink in appearance, Lavignone Rosato is beautiful to look at. It is even better to drink, however, as the nose and palate are met by playful aromas of wild strawberry, watermelon, cranberry, fresh-cut grass, and river stone. A refreshing, but modest, backbone of acidity supports a round mouth-feel and velvety texture. The dry and balanced finish leaves the palate feeling clean and refreshed.


3rd.   Maison Foucher Chais Chinon Rosé 2018

Shelf Price $13.99
Sale Price $12.57

This is crafted from 100% Cabernet Franc from Chinon in the Loire Valley, France. This has always been a fan favorite here at PJ Wine.  Medium bodied, crisp and quite interesting. The Cabernet Franc supplies a fuller texture and length. A very good alternative to those who are tired of Provence. This is an amazing value for anyone looking for a bistro styled wine.


4th.   La Galaxia Dao Rosado 2018

Shelf Price $17.99
Sale Price $16.17

Produced in the Dao region of Portugal from Alfrocheiro 50%, Baga 30% and Tinta Roriz 20% (vines are 30 - 65 years old). This pale dry rose with glimmering reflections, presents a beautiful fresh mineral quality with citrus and white flower aromas. On the palate it is balanced and elegant with a beautiful strength that brings persistence and a fruity yet salty finish. Provencal rose fans really liked this one.


5th.   Domaine des Vieux Pruniers Sancerre Rosé 2018

Shelf Price $19.99
Sale Price $17.97

Derived from 100% Pinot Noir from the limestone/clay soils of Sancerre. This wine was vinified in stainless steel and rested on the lees for six months; this adds depth and complexity.  This Rose is pale pink in color and is electric on the palate with an almost tonic quality that quenches the thirst and keeps you coming back for more. Aromatically vibrant with elegant notes of wild strawberry and citrus, this is an unbeatable summer sipper.


6th.   Sheldrake Point Winery Finger Lakes Dry Rosé 2018

Shelf Price $13.99
Sale Price $11.97

This is the second year in a row that this wine came in the Top Ten. This Finger Lakes’ Cabernet Franc Rose is very pale and classic with its white cherry and mineral nose are to die for. This dry rosé refreshes with grapefruit and peach, while presenting a soft strawberry and cream finish.


7th.   Illuminati Campirosa Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Rosato 2018

Shelf Price $9.99
Sale Price $8.97

This dark full-bodied dry rose is vinified from 100% Montepulciano from our favorite Montepulciano d’Abruzzo value producer, Illuminati. The aromatics are unique in this wine which hold your attention while you quickly consume the glass. The dark cherry notes are delicious and will pair nicely with appetizers, seafood dishes and grilled vegetables. An incredible bargain!


8th.   The Vice Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Shelf Price $16.99
Sale Price $14.97

I thought this wine was delicious and I just had to enter it into the Taste Off, it turns out our customers agreed! This fresh Pinot Noir rose has beautiful berry aromas and a floral note. Take it for a swirl, it first strikes crisp and mineral, then it turns playful with an elegant long fruity finish, that undoubtedly will lead to another taste. This wine will be your new “Vice.”


9th.   Domaine la Grange Tiphaine Tournage Riant Touraine Rosé 2018

Shelf Price $16.99
Sale Price $15.27

A blend of Certified Organic Gamay, Côt, Cabernet Franc and Grolleau. This wine was the most complex of the Top Ten, drinks more like a light red wine than a rose. The body is a dark cherry color with fresh fruit medley notes. This wine actually need to open up a bit to show its stuff, and when it did the high scores came flooding in. If you find Provencal roses to simple, this is the wine for you!


10th.   Chateau La Rame Bordeaux Rosé 2018

Shelf Price $14.99
Sale Price $13.47

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 rose. The wine is medium-bodied and cleanly made, with a bit more character than most roses. This is a great find!


Looking for other Rose?  Check our Rose collection here


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