You could actually get a glass of rosé at this year's Auction Napa Valley. And why not? It was a beautiful, warm afternoon on Saturday. I remember an auction back in the late 1990s that was so sweltering under the tent that I thought of a classic line from Biloxi Blues: "It's Africa hot. Tarzan couldn't take this kind of hot."
That day, people were practically crawling across the Meadowood lawn like it was the sandy Mojave in search of something cool and refreshing. And all they could find was Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Warm Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. They could have raised $100,000 on a single chilled bottle of rosé that day. I would have chipped in.
Not that rosé was overflowing at this year's auction. You had to search it out. I'm not naive. I know the CEOs of Symantec and Qualcomm don't schlep all the way to Napa and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to sip a tasty little pink.
In the best of all worlds—even in Napa—there would be red and pink (and maybe whites and bubbly, too, but I'm trying to make a point here).
The 2011 rosés from Europe are just starting to trickle into this part of the West Coast. It's not the good selection you might find on the East Coast, but I always look for wines like Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Gris de Gris, Château d'Esclans Côtes de Provence Rosé Whispering Angel, Château La Gordonne Côtes de Provence Rosé La Chapelle and Château Routas Coteaux Varois Rosé Rouvière.
California rosés aren't much easier to find, mainly because they're made in such small amounts and are mostly through winery mailing lists and tasting rooms.
One of my favorites so far is Carol Shelton Rendezvous Rosé North Coast 2011 (90 points, $15), a zesty pink made mostly from Carignane and Zinfandel. I've already done blind reviews of some excellent 2011s, including Cline Mourvèdre Contra Costa County Rosé, Tablas Creek Paso Robles Rosé, Quivira North Coast Rosé and Pedroncelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Dry Rosé. Look for my notes and ratings online soon.
Now that it's officially rosé season, have you tried the latest releases of some of your favorites? What wines would you recommend? I'm always looking for a new pink to uncork.
Ted Hudgins — Naples, FL — June 6, 2012 12:05pm ET
Ryan Zepaltas — Santa Rosa, ca — June 6, 2012 1:06pm ET
Novovino Wine Company — Chicago — June 6, 2012 1:15pm ET
Bob Remmel — Glendale, CA — June 6, 2012 2:45pm ET
Tim Fish — Santa Rosa, CA — June 6, 2012 3:29pm ET
Adam Lee — Santa Rosa, CA — June 6, 2012 4:14pm ET
Keir Mccartney — League City,TX — June 6, 2012 4:33pm ET
Brennan Lothery — Brooklyn Heights — June 6, 2012 8:45pm ET
Troy Peterson — Burbank, CA — June 6, 2012 10:33pm ET
Bob Barry — Ridgefield, NJ — June 7, 2012 9:19am ET
Nathan Mischel — Coos Bay, OR — June 8, 2012 11:47pm ET
James Nokes — Memphis,TN — June 10, 2012 11:55pm ET
Bradley Junco — Albany, NY — June 16, 2012 11:28am ET
Kristen Wootten — Columbia, South Carolina — June 20, 2012 3:50pm ET
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