Summer is here, and with it the sweltering days and thirst for something cool and refreshing. If you can't tell, we really like rosé. From orange and tangerine hints to red cherries and aromatic herbs, the refreshing flavors of rosé wines are the IDEAL summer sipper, suitable with food or on its own. Here are a number of stunning examples, all bound to sell out soon!  

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2015 Tres Ojos Rose

A gutsy, full-flavored rose from Spain, and at a deal of a price. As a whole, Spain is more sunny and dry than any other country in Europe, conditions that in turn yield especially bold wines - like the Tres Ojos rose. Bright orange-pink, it overflows with red berries and cherries and aromatic herbal hints. Almost chewy on the palate, and ideal to serve with grilled chicken or salmon.  

2015 Chateau Grande Cassagne Costieres de Nimes Rose

A bargain of a wine from the south of France, just outside the Rhone Valley. From a less well known site that nevertheless over-delivers on flavor. Light orange, with citrus, raspberries, aromatic herbs, and even white pepper. Both juicy and savory, and a bargain at this price.  

2015 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose

A full-figured rose from one of the wine world’s greatest producers, who craft not only benchmark syrahs but also a variety of wines at more down to earth prices. And all without any compromise in quality. Vivid pink, with almost overripe strawberries and cherries on the palate. Full-figured, almost rich, and will stand up to even grilled red meat. A carnivore’s rose.  

2015 Chateau Trinquevedel Tavel Rose

A potent wine from Tavel, a southern Rhone appellation that focuses exclusively on rose. Such focus is almost unheard of, and encourages especially bold wines whose clarity of flavors are rarely matched. A deep orange to the eye, with dense floral-inflected red cherries and currants on the palate. Full-bodied and focused, with a persistent finish that reveals bright orange hints. A rose for devoted red wine drinkers.  

2015 Caves D'Esclans Whispering Angel Cotes de Provence Rose

A finely etched rose, crafted by proprietor Sacha Lichine (of Grand Cru Bordeaux estate Prieure-Lichine) with the assistance of Patrick Leon, former managing director of Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Pale orange, with especially fresh red berries and orange hints on the palate. Vibrant and focused, with an almost quinine note in the long finish. A step or two above the previous roses.  

2015 Chateau Miraval Rose Cotes de Provence

A celebrity wine highly regarded by both the jet set AND wine critics, and deservedly so. After their purchase of Chateau Miraval, Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie consulted Marc Perrin, whose family crafts one of the world’s very greatest red wines: Chateau de Beaucastel’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a legendary Rhone red. You’ll find an intensity and vivacity in the Miraval rose, and due in no small part to the skill and the craft that Perrin brings with him. Pale orange to the eye, with fresh red berries, orange zest, and floral hints on the palate. Becomes almost rich with time, with tangerine and honey notes emerging in the glass. Yet it never loses its clarity of flavors.  

2015 La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rose

A noble rose, from one of France’s finest appellations. Bandol itself faces the Mediterranean, and therefore endures not only in the summer swelter but also under the winds of the Mistral. Most vines will suffer, but there Mourvedre thrives, yielding not only brooding reds but also savory roses like those from La Bastide Blanche. Its red berry notes, blood orange hints, and savory herbs pair well with poultry and fish (especially grilled tuna), but don’t hesitate to serve it with flank steak if red meat strikes your fancy. A powerful, complex, and captivating rose.  

2015 Gerard & Pierre Morin Sancerre Rose

Comprised entirely of pinot noir (unlike the ones above), and displaying the same flavors and finesse achieved only by this noble varietal. Pale orange, with ripe red berries, tangerines, and rose petals on the palate. Both punchy and silky - no easy feat to achieve. This will shine with smoked salmon or grilled chicken.  

2015 Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas Rose

An especially fresh and aromatic rose whose fruit was sourced from one of the southern Rhone's very best sites. Highly elevated and with limestone rich soils, the appellation known as Gigondas yields some of the freshest, most energetic wines of the southern Rhone - and you’ll find that freshness and energy in this stunning rose. Brilliant pink, with fresh red berries, orange zest, and lavender on the palate. Intensely perfumed, with a finish that just goes on and on. Gorgeous.   Check out the Wine Hotline for updates on new wines, tastings, sales and more!