The Wine Enthusiast team is continually working to stay on top of what our readers like to drink. And today, we’ve turned to computer science to see exactly what bottles you’re interested in.
We’ve combed through Winemag.com search history to discover which rosés are most often sought out for reviews, scores and tasting notes. Unsurprisingly, France dominates the list, but, this year, California’s Central Coast has also made a strong showing in the category.
Ready to see 2020’s most popular pink wines? Here are the rosés you’ve been searching for. Literally.
The most popular rosés
Summer Water 2019 Rosé (Central Coast); $20, 92 points. A pale salmon-pink color in the glass, this widely available bottling of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah delivers a fantastic nose of melon, bubblegum and soft rose petals. It’s clean and chalky on the palate, with a light cantaloupe flavor and a surprisingly long finish. Editors’ Choice. —Matt Kettmann
La Crema 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Monterey); $25, 91 points. Crisp and clean aromas of strawberry, watermelon, chalk and citrus pith make for a very compelling nose on this bottling. There’s a great snap to the palate, where pure but delicate strawberry flavors leveled by an ashy streak. Editors’ Choice. —Matt Kettmann
Gérard Bertrand 2019 Côte des Roses Rosé (Languedoc); $18, 91 points. A pale coppery-pink color, this rosé made from Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault opens with aromas of freshly pressed sweet pea and peony combined with notes of white cherry and watermelon rind. The palate is light and easy to enjoy, but with a ripe-fruit character that lends a satisfying impression. A touch of herbal spiciness and tangy pithy citrus provides length and interest through the close. USA Wine West. —Lauren Buzzeo
Argyle 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley); $27, 90 points. Sourced from the Knudsen and Spirit Hill vineyards, this is a light and pretty coppery pink, scented with orange blossoms and laced with bracing citrus flavors. The strawberry and watermelon fruit falls on the tart side, but the overall impression is that this is a stylish and impeccably fresh rosé that can be chilled and enjoyed with almost any kind of outdoor picnic fare. Editors’ Choice. —Paul Gregutt
Gérard Bertrand 2019 Hampton Water Rosé (Languedoc); $23, 90 points. A light garrigue character sits atop the bouquet of this dainty and pretty rosé, made from 60% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 15% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah. Underlying tones suggest white raspberry, currant and strawberry hull. The palate is light and vibrant, with brisk acidity and tangy citrus and tart-berry flavors that lend additional verve and lift through the close. USA Wine West. —Lauren Buzzeo
Angeline 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir (California); $10, 89 points. A very light color belies the substantive red-fruit character in this medium-bodied, smooth-textured wine. Raspberry and red cherry flood the aromas as well as the flavors, giving it good heft for pairing with heavier dishes. Best Buy. —Jim Gordon
Château d’Esclans 2019 Whispering Angel Rosé (Côtes de Provence); $25, 88 points. This top-selling rosé offers pepper and bright acidity that combine with red fruits to yield a harmonious whole. The wine is fruity, lightly textured and ready to drink. Shaw-Ross International Importers. —Roger Voss
Joel Gott 2019 Rosé (Central Coast); $17, 88 points. Very light aromas of powdery bubblegum sticks, delicate strawberry and a hint of tangerine show on the nose of this bottling. The palate warms up with strawberry and red-plum flavors, with a tiny hint of herbs, leading into a slightly sour finish. —Matt Kettmann
Kirkland Signature 2019 Rosé (Côtes de Provence); $10, 88 points. Dominated by Grenache and Cinsault, this soft and fruity blend is rounded. Touches of spice and caramel accompany the red fruits and crisp aftertaste. Drink now. Misa Imports. Best Buy. —R.V.
Lafage 2019 Miraflors Rosé (Côtes Catalanes); $18, 87 points. Tangy, zippy scents of grapefruit and tangerine oil immediately waft from the glass of this bright rosé, with some currant and rhubarb tones in the back. The palate is light and easy, with a surprisingly soft impression, but then pithy citrus flavors pick up through the close and linger with medium-length intensity. European Cellars. —L.B.
Mancan NV Rosé (California); $5/375 ml, 86 points. Clean and fruity, this medium-bodied, straightforward wine exudes cherry and strawberry aromas and has a ripe, almost sweet flavor. Best Buy. —Jim Gordon
Published: September 4, 2020