Best Rosé Wines To Drink | GAYOT (2023)

The Best Rosé Wines to Sip & Drink

Almost nothing is more refreshing than an icy cold glass of rosé. A style of wine enjoyed by both white and red wine drinkers, rosé is the thing to drink when the weather is warm. That said, the growing popularity of this pink drink proves you can #roseallday any time of year.

Rosé is produced when red wine grapes are prevented from having extended skin contact. It is the skin contact that gives reds their tannic structure and robust flavors. Without that extra contact, the resulting wines tend to be fresh and clean with color ranging from a faint blush to a robust ruby. At one time, rosés were most popular in the Mediterranean, but today rosés are made around the world.

Find the Best Rosé Wines with GAYOT’s taste-tested selection that includes both incredibly affordable and more splurge-worthy finds. These selections are presented in alphabetical order.

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1. Anaba, Rosé of Grenache 2021 | Sonoma, California

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Origin: Sonoma, California, USA
Varietal: 100% Grenache
Price: $34.00
ABV: 13%

Anaba Wines, named for the anabatic winds that soar through its vineyards, creates classic, elegant wines borne by the wind. The 16-acre estate sits in the western part of the Los Carneros appellation where cool Pacific breezes flow up its gently sloping vineyards, slowing down the ripening process and allowing the grapes to develop robust flavors and distinctive varietal characteristics. These weather conditions first attracted founder John Sweazey and his wife, Kathleen, to this region known for Burgundian and Rhône varietals.

This is a light colored rosé with alluring aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and floral. The silky mouthfeel delivers notes of candied peel, spice, salinity and an appetizing chewiness.

> For more information, visit Anaba Wines official website.

2. Bodvár No. 7 – House of Rosés | Provence, France

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Origin: Côtes de Provence, France
Varietals: Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah
Price: $26.99
ABV: 12.5%

The Bodvár No. 7 is an elegant rosé that displays delicate scents of light raspberry, subtle orange blossom and lean melon, all backed by tantalizing crisp citrus notes on the palate. This cuvée delivers springtime freshness and is a great way to start your summer! This is a wine that pairs well with salads, chicken, seafood and risotto dishes.

> Watch GAYOT’s exclusive interview with Bodvár Hafström from Bodvár – House of Rosés, the man who invented, in 2014, National Rosé Day on the second Saturday of June.

> For more information, visit the Bodvár – House of Rosés official website

3. Château de Berne Inspiration 2021 | Provence, France

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Origin: Côtes de Provence, France
Varietals: 50% Grenache Noir, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah
Price: $21.99
ABV: 12.5%

The true colors of Provençal rosés are captured in this bottle. On the nose, it is floral and clean, with fresh berries first then fresh herbs and flowers with a dry finish. With a harmony of bright acidity, rich texture and dry finish is a perfect choice for pairing with roasted chicken or grilled lobster.

> Watch GAYOT’s exclusive interview with winemaker Alexis Cornu to learn more about Château de Berne.

> For more information, visit the Château de Berne official website.

4. Daou, Discovery Rosé 2021 | Paso Robles, California

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Origin: Paso Robles, California, USA
Varietals: 95% Grenache Noir, 5% Sauvignon Blanc
Price: $20.00
ABV: 14.1%

Brothers Georges and Daniel Daou set forth across the globe to find an unrivaled terroir for producing great wines, a quest that led them to a place of greatness: Daou Mountain in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles. Situated on a 212-acre hilltop estate, their remarkable geology, favorable microclimate, and 2,200 feet elevation were once described by renowned California winemaker André Tchelistcheff as a “jewel of ecological elements.”

This rosé displays a light peach color, a bouquet of pear, orange peel, stone fruit and flowers. The well-balanced palate shows melon, lemon zest and tropical fruit; juicy acidity and a touch of mineral lead the wine into a silky finish.

> For more information, visit Daou Vineyards official website.

5. Domaine de la Bégude, Irréductible, Bandol 2021 | Provence, France

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Origin: Provence, France
Varietals: 95% Mourvèdre, 5% Grenache
Price: $30.00
ABV: 13%

Overlooking the Mediterranean, this estate in Bandol consists of 53 acres of vineyards surrounded by forests and olive groves at about 1,200 feet above sea level. With a mixture of poor clay and limestone soils, the cooling influence of the sea and the powerful Mistral wind, the grapes enjoy perfect conditions to ripen slowly in the often very warm climate of the region. This certified organic wine spends two months on the lees to enhance its viscosity and character. Unlike many rosés, this wine is capable of ageing for several years.

The wine shows a deep copper, almost red color with aromas of ripe, red fruit, floral and spice. The palate boasts spices, red currant, cherry and orange zest. This rosé is chewy and substantial with fresh, lively acidity.

> For more information, visit Domaine de la Bégude official website.

6. Domaine de Cala, Coteaux Varois en Provence 2021 | Provence, France

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Origin: Provence, France
Varietals: 46% Grenache 41% Cinsault, 10.5% Tolle, 2.5% Syrah
Price: $20
ABV: 13%

The history of Domaine de Cala dates back to the 14th century. It was then called Domaine de Pourraques, from the Provençal name of the small white daffodils that lined the land. It was not until much later that the estate became a wine-growing operation. At the time, the vineyard covered only 60 acres and produced rosé wine sold mainly in bulk.

In 2015, chef Joachim Splichal (from the famed, but since shuttered, Patina restaurant in Los Angeles) took over the property and renamed it Domaine de Cala, in reference to the elegant calla, a colorful flower in the shape of a chalice. Today, about 100 acres of vines flourish on the hillsides, to the song of cicadas and birds.

The wine has a peach pink color with brilliant reflections. The nose reveals lemon, grapefruit and stone fruit. The palate delivers citrus and apricots wrapped in juicy acidity and a saline minerality.

> For more information, visit the Domaine de Cala official website.

7. Domaines Ott, Château de Romassan 2021 | Bandol, France

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Origin: Provence, France
Varietals: 55% Mourvèdre, 30% Cinsault, 15% Grenache
Price: $51.00
ABV: 13%

Domaines Ott was founded in 1912 by Alsatian engineer Marcel Ott. He bought several estates and began renovating them with the determined ambition to create great Provençal wines from noble grape varietals. These wines are made at three distinctively different estates: Château Romassan (Bandol), Clos Mireille and Château de Selle (both Côtes-de-Provence).

Château Romassan is located in the Bandol appellation and lies at the foot of the village of Le Castellet. The soil is poor, composed of limestone, sandstone, and marine upper cretaceous marls. The Bandol appellation is known for its terraced landscapes built from the hard stone with vines, which are planted into vast terraces with varying exposures. The sea air from the bay of Bandol compensates for the terroir’s acidity and low rainfall.

This 2021 reveals a light peach color with aromas of peach, strawberry, grapefruit and spices. The medium-bodied palate is silky in texture, offering flavors of blood orange, peaches, strawberry, spice and mineral. Densely packed and showing fresh acidity, this wine ends very long on the finish.

> For more information, visit Domaines Ott official website.

8. Fiddlehead, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Fiddlestix Vineyard, 2019 | Sta. Rita Hills, California

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Origin: Sta. Rita Hills, California, USA
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Price: $30.00
ABV: 13%

Over 30 years, trailblazing owner-winemaker Kathy Joseph set off on a quest to pioneer once considered underdog wine varietals, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and their newly planted Gruner Veltliner to give them new life and present them with passion and flawless execution. At Fiddlehead Cellars they preach small-batch, barrel select winemaking driven by elegance, texture, sense of place and the idea of discovery. Their estate “Fiddlestix Vineyard” in the Sta. Rita Hills and the Alloro Vineyard nestled in the Willamette Valley, OR, are locations where vine-age and Kathy’s experience provide a wonderful canvas for Fiddlehead’s perpetually memorable wines.

This beautiful rosé has a delicate bouquet of signature Sta. Rita Hills Bing cherries, strawberries and dried cranberries. The palate shows the same fruit, good viscosity and character. This is a serious rosé that combines cheerful brightness and mouth-filling smoothness.

> For more information, visit Fiddlehead Cellars official website.

9. Gamble, Rosé 2021 | Napa Valley, California

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Origin: Napa Valley, California, USA
Varietals: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, 1% Petite Syrah
Price: $26.00
ABV: 13.6%

Founded in 2005 by third-generation Napa farmer, Tom Gamble, Gamble Family Vineyards farms approximately 175 acres of prime estate vineyards from Napa Valley’s most respected AVAs – Oakville, Yountville, Mount Veeder and Rutherford. Set in an isolated nook off of Highway 29 in the heart of Napa Valley’s Oakville District, the winery, open to guests by invitation, has a quiet and bucolic presence. Tom Gamble’s mission is to carry on the heritage of quality farming that his ancestors sowed when they came to Napa as farmers and ranchers in 1916.

The 2021 Gamble Rosé has a beautiful pale salmon color. The nose shows aromas of red berries, pear and red currant. The palate is bright with flavors of watermelon, raspberries and spice, finishing bone dry and flashing zappy acidity.

> For more information, visit Gamble Family Vineyards official website.

10. Jean-Luc Colombo, Cape Bleue Rosé 2021 | Provence, France

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Origin: Provence, France
Varietals: 67% Syrah, 33% Mourvèdre
Price: $13.00
ABV: 12%

Innovation, passion and dedication are what drives Jean-Luc and Anne Colombo, whose contributions to Rhône and Provence winemaking is unparalleled. Jean-Luc Colombo’s wines express the typicity of their terroir with elegance and character, from the Côte-Rôtie in the northern Rhône to his Provençal rosés.

This rosé has a light pink color. The nose expresses aromas of raspberry, peach and watermelon. The mouth offers juicy red berries infused with energetic orange peel, spice and mineral freshness.

> For more information, visit Jean-Luc Colombo official website.

11. King Estate, Rosé of Pinot Noir 2021 | Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Origin: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Price: $22.00
ABV: 13.5%

King Estate was founded in 1991 by the King family with a deep commitment to sustainable farming. Their uniquely integrated ecosystem of vineyard and woodland, grasslands and wetlands, orchards and culinary gardens located in Oregon’s prestigious Willamette Valley, led them to first obtain certified organic status followed by the biodynamic standard in 2016. Today, King Estate is the largest certified biodynamic vineyard in North America.

Pale pink is coloring the wine. Aromas of cherry, cranberry and lemon zest are unfolding in the nose. The bright palate reveals the same red fruit, with some mineral in addition, all wrapped up in fresh acidity, evolving in a mouthwatering finish.

> For more information, visit King Estate official website.

12. La Petite Perrière, Vin de France 2021 | Loire Valley, France

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Origin: Loire Valley, France
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Price: $14.00
ABV: 12%

In 1790, the Saget family embarked upon a long history dedicated to vines and wine, firmly placing Saget among just a handful of estates that can enjoy their third successive century of business. Generations of the family have worked to create their signature Saget La Petite Perrière wines, melding the perfect balance, a blend of richness and elegance via the meticulous selection of grapes, expertly crafted by their skilled winemakers for the La Perrière wines. The new designation of Vin de France offered them the opportunity to explore and discover the ideal balance between the fruitiness of those varietals grown in the south and their acidity when produced in the northern region (Loire) and thus La Petite Perrière wines were created. La Petite Perrière Pinot Noir is largely sourced from their own estate vineyards in Touraine (Loire Valley) and a part of the blend is sourced from the South of France through their long-term partners.

This bright rosé offers notes of sour cherry, raspberry and savory spices. It has good weight and structure and delivers a long finish with good minerality and juicy acidity.

> For more information, visit La Perrière official website.

13. Lynmar, Rosé of Pinot Noir 2021 | Russian River Valley, California

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Origin: Sonoma, California, USA
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Price: $33.00
ABV: 14.1%

Located in the heart of Russian River Valley, Lynmar Estate is a preeminent producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Resident proprietors Lynn and Anisya Fritz are intimately woven into daily operations, sharing overarching values of sustainability, world-class winemaking, locally sourced food and community. Always more than the sum of its parts, Lynmar Estate is comprised of four touchstone vineyard parcels in Russian River Valley, beginning with Quail Hill Vineyard established by the family in 1980.

This rosé displays a beautiful pink color. The nose offers aromas of strawberry, orange and flowers. Complex flavors of orange zest, fleshy peach, cranberry and some mineral emerge on the palate, all evolving in a long, juicy finish.

> For more information, visit Lynmar Estate official website.

14. ModusOperandi, Rosé of Pinot Noir 2021 | Russian River Valley, California

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Origin: Russian River Valley, California, USA
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Price: $45.00
ABV: 13.5%

At 24, Jason Moore, who grew up in Dallas, TX, had a dream of becoming a winemaker. So, with his bride to be, they packed it all up and headed to California. Completely self-taught, Moore started helping an elderly vineyard owner in his garage in Napa. At the age of 26, in 2004, Moore launched Modus Operandi Cellars. His first production was 200 cases of Napa Cabernet.

The fruit from this wine was picked early and was sent directly to the press to extract the juice from the whole clusters. That gives a good balance of sugars, acids, and flavor. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel for only four months to retain its freshness. It shows a pale rose color, light floral aromatics and flavors, with bright acidity, and a clean refreshing finish. Eight barrels of the 2021 Rosé of Pinot Noir have been produced, therefore only 50 cases are available.

> For more information, visit Modus Operandi official website.

15. The Pale, Vin de Pays du Var Rosé 2020 | Provence, France

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Origin: Provence, France
Varietals: mostly Grenache with Cinsault, Rolle and Syrah
Price: $17.00
ABV: 12.5%

Named after its transparent, pink color, The Pale by Sacha Lichine (creator of the iconic Provence rosé Whispering Angel) embodies all the characteristics of an authentic Rosé from Provence. The Pale’s design-forward label, inspired by early illustrations from The New Yorker and that period, evokes the vibrant design and intriguing glamour of the Roaring Twenties.

This rosé has an intriguing grey-light-orange color with light fruit notes, orange peel and flowers on the nose. The palate offers a sweet fruitiness, juicy acidity, a touch of minerality and a flowery finish.

> For more information, visit The Pale official Instagram account.

16. Planeta, Rosé 2021 Sicilia DOC | Sicily, Italy

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Origin: Sicily, Italy
Varietals: 50% Nero d’Avola, 50% Syrah
Price: $16.00
ABV: 12.5%

The Planeta Family has been involved in Sicilian agriculture for five centuries and seventeen generations. Their work on the island has contributed to the revitalization of Sicilian winemaking. All of the company’s activities have a single theme: environmental sustainability. Through the use of solar panels and biomass production, principally pruning residues to produce energy, reusing and recycling of all materials used in the production cycle, and the exclusive use of recycled paper for packing and printed materials. Because the land is a collective benefit, Planeta considers it is a duty to make every effort in preserving it.

This wine has a light pink color with a slight trace of orange. The nose is very floral with hints of strawberries and rose petals. The mouth fills with flavors of wild red berry fruit, some mineral, melon and zesty citrus. The finish has soft creaminess and balanced acidity.

> For more information, visit Planeta official website.

17. Saracina, Rosé of Grenache 2021 | Mendocino County, California

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Origin: Hopland, California, USA
Varietal: 100% Grenache
Price: $20.00
ABV: 12.5%

Saracina, a 250-acre ranch which includes a winery and sustainably farmed vineyards, is also home to 140-year old olive trees, vegetable gardens, bee hives, and all manner of bird and wild animal life. The handcrafted, limited production Saracina wines reflect a conscious sense of this beautiful estate in Mendocino County. This Rosé of Grenache was sourced from the Lake View Vineyard located along the Russian River in classic gravel and alluvial soil.

This 2021 Rosé of Grenache shows a bright pink color with aromas of red berries, savory spices and mineral. The palate delivers more red fruit, watermelon and juicy acidity, pure springtime freshness.

> For more information, visit Saracina official website.

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