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Roséwatch: New Rosés This Year

The rosé craze continues. After a strong start in 2015 with the summer of brosé, it continued to pick up steam, with rosé sales up over 56% in 20161. Winemakers have taken note. In fact, rosé is so popular that its release is no longer limited to summer, with winemakers launching new rosés before spring has fully arrived.

Here are the latest rosés to hit shelves:

Noble Vines Vine Select 515 Rosé ($14) – The first rosé in the Noble Vines portfolio, this is a traditional dry-style grenache rosé, with smaller proportions of Syrah and other varietals blended in. It is a lighter, lower-alcohol wine designed to be consumed on its own, or paired with light appetizers. Noble Vines is sourced from two vineyards in Monterey and Lodi, and is owned by Delicato Family Vineyards.

Ferrari-Carano 2016 Dry Sangiovese Rosé ($14) – Tasting notes on this 100% sangiovese rosé include wild strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, cherries and cranberries, coupled with refreshing, lively acidity. The 2016 Sonoma County vintage offered ideal growing conditions for Sangiovese, with a cool, moderate summer that allowed the grapes to gradually ripen and accumulate sugars.

tenshən rosé 2016 ($19.99) – This fruit-forward Santa Barbara rosé is a Rhône Style blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Viognier. Tasting notes include “floral aroma and fresh citrusy flavor with a crisp, clean finish”. tenshən is owned by Guarachi Wine Partners.

Given that it’s only March, we’re sure that more rosés will be hitting the market before summer — stay tuned for more updates from the Roséwatch.

Image courtesy of Delicato Family Vineyards
1Nielsen 2016 data via Wine Industry Insight

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