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Wine Review: Rose wines sure to impress for Valentine’s Day

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Be warned, Valentine's Day is coming up fast.

Why the warning? With supply chain problems, empty dealers’ shelves and a significant other who may be very upset, get your rose wines now and save yourself from a ton of woe.

Tradition alone dictates that it is a rose wine that best says, “I love you,” so, as a public service to our readers, I offer you some very good rose wines that will not only delight your significant other but will put you at the top of their favorites list.

Justin 2020 Rose ($20)
This is a rose wine that in no way hides its fresh fruit and flower aroma but proudly and openly displays them. Made mostly from syrah grapes, this aromatic wine is alive with the aromas of ripe red berries, apple, strawberry and fresh cut flowers. These aromas stay with the wine right through to the finish, where it remains on the palate for a long time. This wine will make even the simplest of Valentine’s Day meals into a regal feast.

Buck Shack 2020 Rose ($35)
From the grapes used to make this wine, cinsault, mourvedre and grenache, one might assume that it is a wine from Spain; however, it was made in California by the Shannon Family of Wines. Being from California, this wine is a fruit basket of flavors and aromas. Strawberry, guava and white peach are most prominent, with a hint of summer flowers. These carry through to the flavor, which is augmented by raspberries and a hint of citrus. These elements continue on to a fruit-ladened finish. As a parting note on this wine, it comes in a short, fat bottle that beautifully presents its inviting pink color.

Dry Creek Vineyard Petite Zin Rose ($28)
This beverage has been sold out at the Dry Creek Vineyard store in California, but it’s still available on the internet and in stores, if you hurry. All of the fruit presented by a zinfandel is found in this exceptional rose wine. Strawberry, raspberry watermelon and red apple fruit aromas swirl out of the bottle when the cork is pulled. The flavor takes a slightly different direction featuring red berries, pomegranate and hints of peach, lemon, honeydew and the telltale hint of fresh citrus that continues on to the long finish. The first sip of this wine will attest to why it has been sold out at the vineyard’s store.

Borsao Bodegas 2020 Rose ($10)
OK, you got me. It is totally impossible to write about rose wines without including a Spanish example, and what a fine example the Borsao Bodegas 2020 Rose is. This is an affordable, well made and beautiful example of a Spanish rose. Made from the very Spanish garnacha grapes, this wine opens with a blast of summer pink berries and flowers that never seem to disappear. The flavor and the finish add a touch of Asian pear and citrus, which in this case is tangerine.

Sebastiani 2020 Rose ($28)
I will now break the set-in-stone responsibilities of every journalist, “Never have a favorite.” Sebastiani wines have been among the wines that I most enjoy and also were the first winery that I wrote about when I began to write about wines. The Sebastiani 2020 Rose upholds and reinforces my opinion of their wines. The wine, which is made from 100% pinot noir grapes, opens with the aromas of strawberry, melons and rose petals, carrying through to a finish that’s fortified by a minerality that seems to permeate all Sebastiani wines.

Wine columnist Bennet Bodenstein can be reached at


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