Clos Cibonne, Rosé Tradition, Côtes de Provence, 2013, $31
The scent of sea air mingles with wild raspberries and Mediterranean herbs in this compelling rosé made from 90% tibourne, a variety indigenous to Provence's coast.
Bernard Baudry, Chinon Rosé, Loire, 2016, $20
This delicate yet disarmingly complex rosé made from 100% cabernet franc is perfumed with white peach and fresh red fruit.
Domaine de l'Ile, Rosé, Porquerolles, Côtes de Provence, 2015, $25
A biodynamic salmon-hued wine made from mouvèdre, cincault, grenache and tibouren grown on a tiny island near St. Tropez. It possesses striking weight and structure for a rosé of such elegant restraint.
Matthiasson Wines, Napa Valley Rosé, 2016, $25
In this fresh and harmonious rosé composed of grenache, syrah, mouvèdre, and counoise from along California's northern coast, citrus and stone fruit flavors are anchored by a pleasing mineral core.
Domaine Tempier, Rosé, Bandol, 2005, $37
This mouvèdre- based rosé has beautiful structure. Floral on the nose and rich on the palate with flavors of fresh peach, tangerine and white pepper, it is the rare rosé that can be enjoyed young but also evolves with time in the bottle.
Grand Ferrage, Rosé, Côtes de Provence, 2016, $18
A charming, finely wrought rosé made from grenache cinsault, syrah and rolle. Shows flavors of white stone fruit, citrus and a hint of spice.
Chateau de Trinqueverdel, Tavel Rosé, Rhone, 2014, $18
Tavel is the only A.O.C. in France that only permits rosé wines to be produced. This concentrated, balanced blend of grenache, cinsault, clairette, mourvèdre and syrah exults in currants, orange pith, and wild herbs.
Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, Los Caneros, 2016, $32
An elegant and structured rosé showing delicious fresh red berries, citrus pith and white stone fruit flavors and a long stony finish.
Finca Torremilanos Montecastrillo Rosado, Ribera del Duero, 2016 $10
Organic tempranillo vines yield this bright and fresh rosado with abundant red fruit and a striking mineral core.
Catherine & Pierre Breton, La Ritournelle, Rosé, Bourgueil, 2016, $23
A Ritournelle is a catchy little tune that you can't get out of your head, and certainly an apt name for his floral rosé made from cabernet franc grown in biodynamic vineyards. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation giving the light wine generous body.
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