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Domaine Saint Aix Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Rosé 2015

Domaine Saint AIX Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé 2015

Consistently good, the Saint Aix AIX Rosé 2015 is pale peach in the glass. Aromatically expressive, it's a kaleidoscope of white peach, melon, golden raspberries and line dried linen. In the mouth, it's refreshing. It's light, but layered too—here, minerality emerges and signs against a backdrop of ever-changing fruit. A great entertaining wine. 13.0% ABV | Sample Domaine Saint Aix 8.9 Points...

Jean-Luc Colombo Les Pins Couchés Rosé 2016

Jean-Luc Colombo Les Pins Couchés Rosé 2016

Conch shell pink, Jean-Luc Colombo’s Les Pins Couchés Rosé is a pretty blend of 67% Syrah and 33% Mourvedre sourced from Cape Bleue, a maritime-influenced site just outside Marseille. The 2016 delivers white peaches, raspberries, cherries, and line-dried linen, but what I’m most excited about what this wine does on the palate. The influence of calcarious soils dominates this blend—texturally, it’s almost slippery in the mouth, reminiscent of slip casting with fine porcelain clay. Bright and buoyant, a perfect wine for summer. 13.0% ABV | Sample Vins Columbo 9.1 Points...

Emiliana Natura Rosé 2016

Emiliana Natura Rosé 2016

Heavily laden in musk melon, Queen Anne's cherries and white peach, the most alluring thing about the Emiliana Natura Rosé 2016—there is a perception of sweetness on entry but that sensation quickly fades to peach pit and pink grapefruit skin that hits the sides of the tongue, leaving a pleasant bitterness that just goes on and on. 12.1% ABV | Sample Banfi Wines 8.8 Points...

Ferraton Pere & Fils Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Rosè 2016

Ferraton Pere & Fils Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Rosè 2016

Like the perfect accessory, Ferraton Pere & Fils' 2016 Samorëns Rosé matches my reading glasses. I sit here in my studio, pondering this Provencal pink, I am reminded of how much I love these wines despite a long, chilly spring in the Willamette Valley. It's a wine that manages to be energetic and delicate all at the same time. A pleasant tumble of white peach, cherry blossom, sea foam and pomace. Minerality dominates the textual landscape of the palate along with a pleasant streak of crushed green herbs. 13.5% ABV | Sample Ferraton Pere & Fils 8.8 Points...

Bertani Bertarose Chiaretto Venezie IGT 2016

Bertani Bertarose Chiaretto Venezie IGT 2016

A beguiling blend of 75% Molinara and 25% Merlot grown in grown calcareous-clay soils in steep hillside vineyards overlooking Lake Garda, Bertani Bertarose Chiaretto 2016 is endowed with aromas of pie cherries and tart red currants swirl within a fine mineral net. On the palate, it's as lean and crisp as any Provence rosé, with an acid spine that crescendos at the sides of the tongue—a lovely mouthwatering burst that ebbs to pleasant bitterness. Pink grapefruit and pomace stone. 12.0% ABV | Sample Bertani Domains S.r.l. 8.8 Points...

Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016

Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016

The Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016 is fresh and genial, expressing a lovely melange of chilled melon, raspberry sorbet, turbinado sugar, and line dried linen. Lean on fruit, but generously framed in minerality, this pretty Provençal pink has an underlying structure of wet chalk and limestone that seemingly closes in on and eventually eclipses delicate fruit notes on the palate, leaving a comet's tail of seafoam and wet shell c. 13.0% ABV | Sample Fleur de Mer 8.9 Points...

Château Gassier Côtes de Provence Esprit Gassier 2015

Château Gassier Côtes de Provence Esprit Gassier 2015

Rosé seemed like the appropriate wine to drink after a 2+ week absence from the flu. And this bottle the 2015 Château Gassier Esprit Gassier is the color of ballet shoes with pretty aromatics that roll out of the glass. White peach, underripe watermelon, a touch of blood orange and loads of minerality. It's the acidity I like best, which crescendos with aplomb—the persistence here is as breathtaking as it is mouthwatering—a minute on, wet stones, tide pool, salted pink grapefruit. Sample Château Gassier 9.0 Points...

Castello Banfi Brachetto d'Acqui Rosa Regale 2016

Castello Banfi Brachetto d’Acqui Rosa Regale 2016

I wager that Banfi sent me this coquettish Brachetto d'Acqui in the hopes that I'd review it in time for Valentines day. Vivid magenta with a translucent rim, a fine mousse—which I appreciate—and considerable olfactive charm. Ripe, ripe black cherries, crushed raspberries, pungent decaying rose petals, earth, and an alluring pinch of spice. There is enough acidity to hold residual sugar in check, it's sweet yet still refreshing and abundantly fruited with red berries. Better yet, it's only 7% ABV. Sample Banfi Wines 9.0 Points...

Château Trians Reserve De Trians Côteaux Varois en Provence 2015

Château Trians Reserve De Trians Côteaux Varois en Provence 2015

Château Trians Reserve De Trians Côteaux Varois en Provence 2015" width="200" height="200" /></a>The perfect antidote to winter, a good Provence rosé is summer in a glass—and this obliging bottle of 2015 Château Trians Reserve de Trians Coteaux Varois certainly lifted the spirits after days of snow and bitter temperatures in Portland. It's salmon-hued with golden reflexes and the sort of breezy aromas I just adore. Melon. White peach. White flowers, talcum powder, and sea air and the most wonderful acidity embroidered in chalky repose to hold it all together. 13.5% ABV | Sample Château Trians 9.0 Points...

Falesco Vitiano Rosato 2015

Falesco Vitiano Rosato 2015

Falesco's Vitiano Rosato 2015 is a fruit-forward, cherry-colored Umbrian blend of 30% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Aleatico. The nose bursts with concurrent aromas of ripe watermelon, yellow-fleshed peaches, and bright pie cherries. Bright and fresh acidity on the palate that pops against fruity sweetness on the back palate fades to a mouthwatering finish, giving  the impression of slight creaminess as well. 12% ABV | Sample Falesco 8.6 Points...