The Rosé Report 2019

27 Jun 2019

(June 2019) ... I have tasted a lot of rosé wines this season, on purpose, looking for great, good and even just average rosé, looking for ones that offer up something for the average consumer, as well as those looking to go beyond the usual into the stratosphere of “wow” … this is by no means a comprehensive list of all the rosés I tried – just the ones I thought had the “it” factor and offered pure summer enjoyment in one way or another.

Plus I know there are still great rosés to be released, two days before publication of this list, I tasted a soon-to-be bottled and released tank sample that would have easily made this list if it were finished … I may have to edit this list from time to time throughout the season – so watch this space:

 

The Top Five ...

Cave Spring 2018 Rosé, Estate Grown ... (****) - Ontario

Honsberger 2018 Cabernet Franc Rosé ... (****+) - Ontario

Leaning Post 2018 Rosé ... (****) - Ontario

Westcott Vineyards 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé ... (****) - Ontario

Joie Farm 2018 Pinot Gris Rosé, Chic Fille ... (****) - British Columbia

 

Ontario …

(Lake Erie North Shore)

North 42 Degrees 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé ($17.95 - Winery) - ***+


(Niagara Escarpment)

Creekside 2018 Rosé ($15.95 – #48819 and winery) - *** ½

Featherstone 2018 Rosé ($15.95 – winery) - *** ½+

Fielding 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé ($25.95 – winery) - *** ½

Henry of Pelham 2018 Rosé ($14.95 - #613471 and winery) - *** ½

Henry of Pelham 2018 Sibling Rivalry Pink ($14.95 – #171033) - *** ½

Henry of Pelham 2018 Three of Hearts Rosé ($19.95 - #552562 and winery)

Malivoire 2018 Ladybug Rosé ($16.95 - #559088 and winery) - *** ½+

Malivoire 2018 Rose, Moira ($24.95 - winery) - *** ½+

Malivoire 2018 Rose, Vivant ($19.95 - #498535 and winery)

Organized Crime 2018 Rosé ($17.00 - winery) - *** ½+

Redstone Winery 2018 Rosé ($17.95 – #650655 and winery) - *** ½+

Vineland 2018 Game Changer Rosé “The Memory” ($16.95 – winery) - *** ½+


(Niagara-on-the-Lake)

Big Head 2018 Rosé ($22.00 – winery) - *** ½

Chateau des Charmes 2018 Rose, Cuvee d’Andree ($16.95 - #333260 and winery) - ***+

Niagara College 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé, “Balance” ($16.95 – Winery)

Peller 2018 Rosé, Private Reserve ($22.95 – winery) - *** ½+

Wayne Gretzky 2018 Rosé ($16.95 – winery) - *** ½+


(Prince Edward County)

Broken Stone 2018 Pinot Gris Rosé, Serenity ($19.95 – winery) - *** ½+

Closson Chase 2018 Rosé ($21.95 – winery) - *** ½+

Hubbs Creek 2018 Gamay Rosé Sussreserve ($23.95 – winery) - *** ½+

Huff Estates 2018 Rosé ($20.00 – winery) - *** ½

Huff Estates 2018 All Day Rosé ($18.00 – winery) - ***


(Other Ontario)

80x Wine 2018 When Pigs Fly Rosé ($19.95 – at Rockway) - *** ½+

Meldville 2018 Cabernet Franc Rosé ($20.00 – at Legends Winery) - *** ½+

Potter Settlement 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé ($40.00 – winery) - *** ½+

 

British Columbia …

Cedar Creek 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé ($18.99 – order from winery) - ***+

CedarCreek 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé, Platinum “Block 1” ($29.99 – order from winery) - *** ½+

Culmina 2018 R&D Rosé ($19.00 - order from winery) - *** ½+

Joie Farm 2018 Re-think Pink Rosé ($24.00 – order from winery) - *** ½+

Joie Farm 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé, Chic Fille ($35.00 - order from winery) - *** ½

Therapy Vineyards 2018 Pink Freud ($19.99 – order from winery) - *** ½

 

 

International …

Banrock Station 2018 Pink Moscato, Australia ($11.95 - #170134) - ***+

Bodegas Izadi 2018 Larrosa Rosé, Spain ($16.95 – #490961) - *** ½+

Chateau de Berne 2018 Romance, France ($19.99 – consignment) - *** ½+

Gerard Bertrand 2018 Hampton Water, France ($29.95 – #667337) - *** ½+

Gerard Bertrand 2018 Perles de Grenache Rosé, France ($18.95 – #556209) - *** ½+

La Crema 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé, California ($27.95 – #668376) - *** ½+

Mas des Bressades 2018 Cuvee Tradition Rosé, France ($16.95 - #950576) - *** ½

Seven Hills 2018 Rosé, Washington (order from winery) - *** ½+

 

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