This past Friday we marked the unofficial start of summer evenings with our annual rosé tasting. I stood behind the barrel and gave customers a tour of seven rosés we've selected to highlighted for the season. Next time I schedule this event, I'll be sure to look at the calendar so as not to compete with proms and graduations. Apologies to all those who couldn't make it. Those who dropped by had a great opportunity to find their favorite rosé to drink this summer. As for my favorites, I have a few. But asking me to choose is like asking which child is my favorite. Each wine has its own unique character and stamp. Rumor has it that a six packs of Gobelsburg, Mas de Gourgonnier and Domaine de Rimauresq were spotted in the trunk of my car. There's plenty of each wine to go around for now. However, I can't guarantee these will last all summer. Get stocked up while you can.
In good taste,

2012 Gobelsburg "Gobelsburger" Cistercien Rosé - $17 per bottle
As expected, the Gobelsburg was a tremendous hit. The 2012 is 85% zweigelt from Austria. It exhibits notes of fresh strawberries with a slight touch of white pepper. Zippy with an incredibly fresh finish. Get it while you can.
2012 Petit Rimauresq Cotes de Provence - $16 per bottle
A blend of grenache, cinsault and syrah, the Petite Rimauresq is a terrific value that is a classic style of Provencal rosé. Dried cherry notes with subtle sage and thyme. Light weight and easy drinking.
2012 Croix de Basson Cotes de Provence - $16 per bottle
A wonderful blend of grenach of cinsault that highlights baked strawberry and cherry notes with a hint of minerality and dried roses. Light weight and refreshing with a finish that shows just the right touch of white pepper.
2012 Mas de Gourgonnier "Les Baux de Provence" - $16 per bottle
Grenache, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and carignan make up this awesomely refreshing rosé. Of all the Provencal rosé tasted during the evening, this retained its freshness and acidity the longest. The cabernet lends a shocking dose of cherry fruit and adds just a touch of weight. "Gorgy" wins again!
2012 Domaine de Rimauresq Cotes de Provence Cru Classé - $27 per bottle
Tibouren, grenache, cinsault and rolle create what can be only described as textbook Provencal rosé. Rimauresq is one of only a handful of estates that can label using Cru Classé. Faded copper color. Dried berry and savory aromas that seem impossibly fresh and lively. The palate showcases fresh fruit and bright acidity keeping the wine light and airy.
2012 Chateau Roubine Cru Classé - $21 per bottle
Count 'em! Cinsault, grenache, cabernet sauvignon and in little percentages carignan, tibouren, syrah, mourvèdre. This wine is straight up funk with pungent aromas of wet earth, green bean, green pepper, dried flowers, smoke and dried strawberry. The palate is just as intriguing with medium body and soft finish. Those looking to add a little funk to your rosé, this is your wine.
2012 Mill Creek Santa Rosa Rosé - $19 per bottle
Jeremy Kreck has created a rosé for that grilled NY strip steak. A blend of merlot, zinfandel and cabernet franc this has great weight and texture with notes of red cherry and blueberry. The cabernet franc breaks a distinct earth, pepper note that adds depth and complexity. Awesome body and long finish.