Rose Taste Off
Rose Taste Off Results Are In!!!

2017 Rose Taste Off Results

The results from our 2017 Rose Taste Off are in and boy oh boy are they interesting! We had over sixty participants made up of customers and staff, who tasted and rated the wines on a scale of 1-5 (1 = yuck and 5 = delicious, too good to share). We had almost a hundred different Roses from around the world in all different price ranges; the prices were not shown to help eliminate bias.

The results were intriguing: Provençe, which is by far the most popular region for Rose, only got two wines in the top ten. The winner ended up being a delicate beauty from Spain, and of course PJ Wine (known for our Spanish selection) could not be happier about that. The other wines in the top ten are also very unique; three Italian Roses from very different indigenous varietals, two New York Roses from the Finger Lakes, a Sancerre Rose derived from Pinot Noir, and a Canary Island Rose no less!

Going into this, I thought Provence would reign supreme, however the wine reviewers were obviously looking for more diversity. I could not be more proud of them, since it would be easy to follow the trend and score all the Provence wines highly. I do not want to give the impression that we do not like Provençal Rose, because we do, but with so many similar wines on the market, it is wonderful to get a top ten list with this kind of diversity!

Most wines are in stock now, some arrive shortly, and some are unfortunately limited. Stock up, for Spring is right around the corner! I suggest mixing up a case and doing your own Rose Taste Off.

Thank you to all the participants for your hard work ;)


Winner of PJ Wine's 2017 Rose Taste Off!

1Torello Rosa D' Abril Penedes Rosado Rose 2017  
Regular $15.99

100 wines tasted and this came in first place!

A pale pink color with hints of amber. It is clean and bright with a floral bouquet reminiscent of spring. Notes of ripe red fruit such as strawberry, raspberries and subtle cranberry. Fresh and balanced with good acidity and lingering finish.

Comprised of 50% Macabeo, 25% Malvasia, 25% Syrah. The Three varieties share a similar growth cycle which allowed harvesting to take place on the same day. They were macerated together for a few hours to extract all their aromatic potential, then were gently pressed together. The fermentation took place in stainless steel vats at a low temperature to conserve all of the varieties aromas.

 

2Damilano Piemonte Rosato 2017
Regular $18.99

Comprised of Barbera d’Asti, Syrah, and Merlot. It offers a dry, harmonic, and balanced taste at the palate. This medium-bodied rose remains delicate and has a pleasantly fresh aroma. Floral and fruit notes emerge mid-palate.

 

3La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova 2017
Regular price $17.99 ->> Our lowest price $14.97

Giorgio Rivetti, the man who never sleeps, is at it again! His quest to make great wine has taken him from Piedmont to Tuscany, into the world of sparkling wines and aperitivos, and ROSATO.

The 2017 Il Rose is a blend of equal parts Sangiovese and Prugnolo Gentile. The six hectare vineyard sits at about 300 meters above sea level and enjoys southern exposure. The wine has a salmon color, petal like with orange reflections. On the nose, aromas of sliced peaches, flowers, stones and chalk very complex with full body and round yet agile and dynamic intensity, salty, linear, energetic backbone of acidity, great structure and lovely finish.

 

4Terredora di Paolo Rosaenovae Rosato 2017
Regular price $17.99 ->> Our lowest price $14.97

This is 100% Aglianico from the volcanic soils of Campania in southern Italy. This historic property has crafted a beautifully unique Rosato. Displays a bright pink, almost red, hue with notes of redcurrant, licorice and fresh herbs on the nose. Fresh and crisp in the mouth, with a touch of minerality giving shape and lift to the bright red fruit and sweet spice flavors. Nicely harmonious rosato with lush, spreading tannins and very good length.

 

5Salmon Run Finger Lakes Dry Rose 2017
Regular $11.99

Salmon Run was started as a value line by the same family that owns the famed New York winery Dr. Konstantin Frank. This superb Finger Lakes pedigree as surely added to the quality of these wines for they totally over deliver. With its intensely fruity character and fresh palate, this is a wine for all occasions. A fruit basket of flavors such as watermelon, cherry, and citrus this proprietary blend of vinifera wines is difficult to resist.

 

6Sheldrake Point Winery Finger Lakes Dry Rose 2017
Regular price $15.99 ->> Our lowest price $11.97

Another Finger Lakes Rose that happens to be 100% Estate Cabernet Franc! An explosion in the glass of raspberry and white cherry underlay freshly crushed herbs, and leads to an alluring presence of strawberries and cream. The seamless mid-palate allows the juicy cranberry finish to linger.

 

7. Aime Roquesante Cotes de Provence Rose 2017
Regular price $13.99 ->> Our lowest price $9.97

The highest rated Provencal Rose in the tasting! Aime Roquesante Cotes De Provence Rose offers aromas of fresh strawberry and hints of peach. On the palate, you will find notes of watermelon, young red berries, citrus and stony minerality. Drink it as an aperitif or with hors d'oeuvres such as smoked salmon or pate, fruit and soft cheeses.

 

8Vinatigo Listan Negro Rosado Canary Islands 2017
Regular price $19.99 ->> Our lowest price $16.97

A truly unique experience here, Rose from the Canary Islands! This is 100% Listan Negro, an indigenous varietal, grown in the wind swept volcanic soils of the island. Dark pink in color, dry and refreshing, with red fruit flavors and a hint of amaro on the finish, underpinned by signature Canary volcanic minerality that gives this wine tons of structure. This winery is sustainability-focused. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented using indigenous yeasts with minimal sulfur used and no synthetic materials are used in the winemaking process.

 

9Domaine des Vieux Pruniers Sancerre Rose 2017
Regular price $21.99 ->> Our lowest 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.

 

10Commanderie de Peyrassol Cotes de Provence Rose 2017
Regular price $19.99 ->> Our lowest price $16.97

Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache make a balanced trio full of fruity flavours, nicely sharpened with a touch of Mourvèdre. Its rosy appearance is soft as a dream, and an expressive, gourmet nose lends charm to this blend dominated by wild berries: gooseberry and raspberry reveal themselves in a crisp, silky palate enhanced with an elegant touch of minerality.

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