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Wine Review: Springtime turns attention to rose wines

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The signs of spring are upon us. The weather is warmer, the precipitation is rain and not snow, the allergy attacks have begun and wine dealer’s shelves are displaying rose wines.

For many years, the appearance of rose wines was a sure sign the warmer weather was on its way in spite of what Punxsutawney Phil might have predicted. The reason for this is rather simple. The heavier red wines seem to go with fireplaces, overstuffed chairs, heavy meat dinners and a warm blanket.

With that in mind, may I present to you a selection of some excellent dry rose wines in anticipation of the upcoming warmer weather.

Edna Valley Vineyard 2017 Rose ($16)

This Edna Valley wine is a fine example of the rose style. It presents a bright and inviting pink color and an aroma of peaches, pears and red fruits. The flavor stresses summer berries but in light and refined amounts. This is a wine of quality and one of my personal favorites.

Prophecy 2017 Rose ($14)

Named for the ancient Greek goddess of good fortune, this rose from southern France has elegance written all over it – from the striking label to the delightful wine behind it. Best served chilled, the Prophecy rose displays the pleasant aromas of strawberries, raspberries and white peach with hints orange and grapefruit. The flavor reprises the aroma and then ends in a summery fruit finish. This proves that the French have not lost it and still produce excellent wines.

J Vineyards Brut Rose ($45)

If a sparkling wine is the order of the day, this dry sparkler is a wine of exceptional flavor, depth and character. From the first sip, the wine offers the aromas of black cherries combined with raspberries and strawberries. The fruit flavors encompasses dark cherries, summer berries, peaches and a toasted bread-like flavor that weaves in and out of the fruit ending in a creamy blast of raspberries. There can be no doubting that a sparkling wine will add that extra touch of festivity to any gathering.

Fleur de Mer Rose Cote de Provence ($17)

Fleur de Mer translates as “flower of the sea,” and this variety is a fine ambassador for the dry rose wines from the Cote de Provence of France. The Fleur de Mer presents the aroma of peaches, pears and red summer fruits. The flavor stresses a host of summer berries that continue onto the finish that lasts for a very long time. This wine will go very well with spicy foods as well as being the perfect choice for Asian and Pacific Rim specialties. 

Dark Horse 2017 Rose ($9)

Another melody on the rose theme, this California rose opens with the aroma of white and red summer fruits. The flavor stresses summer berries with a noticeable mineral background. Do not be dissuaded by the low price tag of this wine; it is truly fine buy.

Apothic 2017 Rose ($9)

Another affordable rose whose price tag belies its quality. This California delight has a floral aroma that shouts, “It’s spring,” followed by the very pronounced flavors and aromas of strawberry and watermelon. The finish is long, fruity, very enjoyable and the best friend that sushi ever had.

Wine columnist Bennet Bodenstein can be reached at


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