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Lucky number 13? If you’re into rosé wines it is. From what we’ve tasted of rosés around the globe, the 2013 vintage is the one for the books. Unlike some red wines, which improve with age, rosés are best when sipped fresh. And in honor of the new 2013 vintage rosés now making their way to market, we’ve rounded up 13 bottles you’ll want to uncork all summer long.
Ameztoi Rubentis Txakolina Rosé 2013
Getariako Txakolina, Spain
Like your wines low in alcohol and with a slight spritz? Then say hello to this Spanish beauty. Crafted in the Basque region, this racy, 10.5% ABV wine is bright with notes of orange zest, wildflowers and a hint of baking spice; bottling with residual carbonation gives it its subtle fizz. It’s such a favorite of wine geeks across the country that it never stays on shelves long, so pick up a few bottles while you can. Suggested retail: ~$20.
Bermejos Lanzarote Listan Negro 2013 $21
Canary Islands, Spain
This light, mineral-driven wine from the Canary Island of Lanzarote is an offbeat favorite of Scott Pactor, the owner of Appellation in New York City. “So little rain falls on the island, the producer dug craters to capture moisture from the wind blowing across the island,” Pactor says. Another unorthodox practice? “They also use camels to carry the harvested grapes.” Suggested retail: ~$21.
Birichino Vin Gris 2013
Santa Cruz, California
Literally translating from “grey wine,” the grapes (a very French mix of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Rolle) in this pale pinkish rosé co-ferment with their own indigenous yeasts for a strikingly fresh and vibrant summertime wine. Suggested retail: $16.
Commanderie de Peyrassol 2013
A quintessential Provencal rosé, this pale-pinkish refresher cools with a minty freshness that’s laced with notes of fresh strawberries and savory dried herbs. Suggested retail: ~$16.
Cune Rosado 2013
Rioja Alta, Spain
This 100% Tempranillo is bold and lush with candied fruit flavors met by a vibrant splash of acidity. Zippy and fresh, it stands up nicely to charcuterie plates and heavier lunchtime fare. Suggested retail: ~$14.
Cantina Colonnella Cerasuolo di’Abruzzo Rosado le Corone 2013
A burger-ready rosé? This is it. Translating from “cherry-colored” in Italian, this rosato is richer in both hue and flavor when compared to its paler counterparts. Not to be confused with Cerasuolo d’Vittoria (a red wine from Sicily), Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo is reserved for rosé wines primarily made with Montepulciano grapes grown in central Italy’s Abruzzo region. Expect notes of wild cherries, violets and subtle tannin on the finish. Suggested retail: ~$18.
Eric Kent Rosé 2013 (pictured)
This small production rosé blends a mix of cool-climate Pinot Noir with spice-driven Syrah for a balanced bottle with notes of cranberry and rhubarb up front followed by a hint of black pepper spice on the finish. Pair it with pizza on the patio and a few of your nearest and dearest. Suggested retail: ~$20.
Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rosé 2013
This Loire Valley import is as versatile as a summery sipper can get. Crisp and energetic with fresh cherry and strawberry flavors backed by palate-perking acidity and a dry herbal finish, this salmon-colored, 100% Pinot Noir charmer is primed for solo sipping but boasts enough oomph to pair with barbecue fare. Suggested retail: ~$28.
Ponzi Pinot Noir Rosé 2013
Willamette Valley, Oregon
A blend of juice from some of the estate’s best Pinot Noir lots, this rosé is bottled with 1 gram of residual sugar per liter, lending a fuller mouthfeel and ripe fruit flavors of pie cherries and candied lemon peel. Suggested retail: $20.
Revelette d'Aix en Provence 2013
“A transportive rose,” notes Appellation’s Scott Pactor, “it will take you to the south of France in a sip.” Expect flavors of cherry, strawberry and orange zest. Suggested retail: ~$18
Sinskey Napa Vin Gris 2013
Organic and biodynamically minded vintner Robert Sinskey produces a perennial summertime favorite of the crew at New York’s Appellation. “We love this rosé from Pinot Noir grapes,” says Appellation’s Scott Pactor. “Strawberry, white pepper, delicious.”
Terrebrune Bandol 2013
The Bandol appellation in France’s Provence region is renowned for its world-class rosés, and this organically produced offering shows off its pink wine chops with an approachable mix of Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault. “This has the weight of Bandol with beautiful acidity to provide structure and ensure it's not too heavy,” says Appellation’s Scott Pactor. Suggested retail: $37.
Teutonic Laurel Hood Rosé 2013
Willamette Valley, Oregon
“The Teutonic Wine Company’s brand new rosé release is so fantastic that it has us dancing around the counter!” says the team behind Portland, Oregon’s Liner & Elsen. Made exclusively from Pinot Noir grapes grown high at Laurel Vineyard in the Chehelem Mountains, and spontaneously fermented in neutral oak barrels, the wine “offers suggestions of rhubarb, Rainier cherries and ruby grapefruit that play with dusty dissolved minerals and a deep, earthy note.”