From the ‘70s, Boomers will remember the Portuguese wines of Mateus (ma-toos) and Lancers for their fruity, sweet flavor and artistic bottles which became candle-holders! We had no idea these wines were Rosés but they were very tasty.
Rosés produced in the 21st century are very different from these wines and they come from many countries and a variety of grapes. Modern Rosés are clean, light body, mild fruit and refreshing – a beautiful companion to summer days on the deck or beach. As the cold winter of 2015 finally comes to an end, warm days set the stage for Rosés and the introduction of new Rosés is endless. Last June I blogged about Rosés in this article https://bobthewineguy.net/2014/06/05/rose-wines/
I have tasted the following wines and they are wonderful. Both wines have more fruit flavors (Oregon Pinot Noir and Spanish Grenache) than the abundance of bone dry wines from Provence, France.
ACROBAT Rose 2012
Oregon Pinot Noir $13. Wine Spectator rating 87 says “A refreshing, with watermelon and Meyer lemon flavors that tilt delicately on the dry finish. Drink now.”
BODEGAS MUGA Rosado 2011
Rioja, Spain $13. Wine Spectator rating 88 says “Though pale in color, this rosé is quite full-bodied, with exuberant flavors of berry, spice and citrus. Clean and crisp, delivering a mouthwatering finish that brings you back for more. Garnacha, Viura and Tempranillo.”