We Blindly Tried 5 Rosés And Here’s What Happened
We Blindly Tried 5 Rosés And Here’s What Happened
Rosé isn’t just a type of wine. Synonymous with summer, sunshine, and millennials Rosé has become a state of mind. But much like its red and white counterparts, no two bottles are the same.
In a quest to evaluate some of the most popular Rosés on the shelf, we conducted a blind tasting at the office. Why a blind tasting? More and more wineries are changing the way they present their wine in order to attract younger consumers. From colorful and curious label designs to unique packaging (think cans and mini bottles), a wine's label and presentation seem to be more important than ever to today’s consumers.
A blind tasting allowed us to do two things:
1. Judge five Rosés purely on their taste and (liquid) appearance;
2. Do so without the physical appearance of the wine bottle/label, clouding our judgments.
The results? Let’s just a couple of these really shocked us! Here are the results:
Tasting Notes: Coral pink in color, notes of strawberry and grapefruit hit your palate immediately. Our team of taste testers had mixed reviews on its sweetness, will some reporting it was the sweetest of the group while others commented on its dryness and lack of sugar. Smooth, balanced, and buttery were commonly used to describe it.
About Summer Water: Produced in the Central Coast, Summer Water is produced by Winc, a digital winery/wine club membership. Adorable limited-edition droplets, which are only available to their members, are going like hotcakes.
Final Words: According to Bustle, Summer Water is the most sought-after Rosé of the 2018 summer season. This Rosé won’t knock your socks off but if you’re looking for an easy drinking poolside bevy, it won’t let you down. It’s also worth noting that of the five, it received the most “would pair best with food” remarks.
Find the Summer Water Rosé near you here.
Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose
Tasting Notes: A very pale pink color with aromas of fresh fruit and spring flowers. Slightly acidic, many commented on its minerality (think wet stones/crushed rocks). Its shortcomings included a lack of body and tasting more like a white wine than a Rosé.
About Miraval: Tucked away in its own private valley in the ancient village of Correns, Miraval covers 500 hectares of land in the heart of Provence. Miraval is a joint venture between Famille Perrin and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (RIP Brangelina).
Final Words: Out of the five Rosés, Miraval had the lowest marks. It wasn’t that it was necessarily bad; it just wasn’t much to write home about. Interestingly, once the bottle was revealed, it was voted “Most Likely to Bring to a Party” based on the elegance of the bottle.
Find Miraval Rosé near you here.
Frog's Leap 2017 "La Grenouille Rougante" Vin Rosé Du Pays
Tasting Notes: Coral pink in color with delicate floral aromas and juicy fresh fruit flavors. Low in alcohol, and well balanced, its finish left many of our testers wanting more.
About Frogs Leap: This hometown favorite, located in Rutherford in the Napa Valley, is known for its organically grown grapes, dry-farmed vineyards, and spectacular hospitality. Frogs Leap comes from combining "Frog Farm," where its first wines were made,with "Stag's Leap,” the location where winemaker and owner John Williams got his start.
Final Words: This was voted the favorite of the group! If you’re in the Napa Valley, we highly encourage you to tour their winery and enjoy a tasting. And be sure to try their 2017 Rose!
Find Frog's Leap 2017 "La Grenouille Rougante" Vin Rosé Du Pays here.
Forty Ounce Rosé
Tasting Notes: Salmon pink in color, it’s fairly fruit forward with a pronounced strawberry essence and a touch of sweetness on the finish. Many commented that it tasted highly alcoholic.
About Forty Ounce Wines: The producer, Julien Braud, comes from France’s Loire region. Despite where you stand on the 40-ounce wine vessel, Julien is serious about his wine. He works entirely organically, uses horses in his vineyards to minimize soil compaction, and hand harvests. When it comes to distribution, it’s pretty limited at the moment, with availability in only thirteen states.
Final Words: The decision to make this a blind tasting was due, in part, to this wine bottle. The bottle makes you chuckle (or maybe even scoff) and you can’t help but think about Olde English 800! While this Rosé won’t exactly change your life, it will definitely surprise you; it surprised us! If you can find it, it’s worth a try. If nothing else, it’s a great conversation starter.
Find Forty Ounce Wines Rosé near you here.
2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose
Tasting Notes: Yellowish pink in color, the palate is rounded with peach, mango and pomegranate notes. Slight spicy notes follow it quickly. Shows a stony edge on the finish. Some commented that it tasted high in alcohol.
About Domaine Tempier: The main vineyards are located in La Migoua in Le Beausset-Vieux and La Tourtine and Cabassaou in Le Castellet (France). The grapes for the Rose are harvested by hand and it the harvest takes place over a one-month period from the last week of August onwards.
Final Words: This was the pricier one in the group, which didn’t necessarily translate into higher scores. Those on the pro side found it dry while those on the con side uttered wine’s worst nightmare: oxidized.
Find Domaine Tempier Bandol 2016 Rose here.
Interested in hosting your own blind tasting? Check back soon for detailed directions on how you can host one at home!