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Washington Rosé Recommendations for Memorial Day

2012 Gorman 42-39-56 Rose

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives serving our country in the. For better or for worse, it is also the official kick off of summer barbecue season. I previously wrote about the Great Whites of Washington, and while these are some super wines to have in your cellar as the weather heats up, you would be remiss if you did not pick up at least a mixed case of Rosé wines as well.

Here are three favorite Rosé wines that will get consumed in copious quantities over the next several months at the Zinfandel Chronicles headquarters.

2012 Gorman 42-39-56 – The name of this wine is almost worth the price of admission in and of itself (in case you don’t know, it is a reference to the classic AD/DC song Whole Lotta Rosie). 13.5% ABV. Made from Syrah and Cabernet. Strawberries, raspberries and watermelon leap from the glass. Bright acidity. A Rosé wine for a red wine drinker and a wine that will pair perfectly with a summer salad. My rating: 90 points. $15 at the winery.

2012 Ross Andrew Meadow Rosé – 12.7% ABV. Made from Sangiovese. Salmon colored. Strawberries, spice, mineral, boysenberry and a hint of citrus. Super refreshing. Crisp acidity. Wait until the first day of 85 degrees and enjoy this wine on your back deck. My rating: 87 points. $16 at the winery.

2012 Sleight of Hand Cellars The Magician’s Assistant Rosé – 13.5% ABV. Made from Cabernet Franc. A light copper in color. Melon, peppers and strawberries on the palate. Racy acidity. Great mouthfeel. 88 points. $18 at the winery.

So there’s your shopping list of 3 easy drinking Rosé wines just in time for a Memorial Day barbecue. I’d love to hear about your favorite Washington Rosé style wines.

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  1. Jordan #

    I have gotten into Rosé over the last couple years. I have not had the Maison Bleue this year yet, but last year it was one of my favorite wines. I have had the following so far this year: Tranche, Kerloo, Gramercy and Dazzle. The Dazzle was something completely different, which I liked, while Gramercy and Tranche always seem to produce quality

    May 26, 2013
    • Maison Bleue, Kerloo and Gramercy are all favorites here as well. I did notice that Esquin had both the Kerloo and Maison Bleue in stock last week.

      May 26, 2013
    • Never heard of Dazzle. Will look into that one. Thanks.

      May 26, 2013
      • Jordan #

        Tom, its Julia’s Dazzle. A side project under Long Shadows.

        May 26, 2013
  2. Jordan #

    I should also add that, as i will not be able to taste the Avennia rosé, Iam hoping someone will give it a review

    May 26, 2013
    • I am planning on going to the Avennia release on June 1st. Stay tuned.

      May 26, 2013
  3. Gramercy, Rulo, & aMaurice for us. Fun visit to Walla Walla last weekend.

    May 26, 2013

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