The California Rosés You Need to Stock Up On Now


The California Rosés You Need to Stock Up On Now

By all accounts, the 2015 vintage in Northern California was exceptional, but what it wasn’t? Abundant. It produced nowhere near what 2012 and 2013 did. And 2014 was a triple streak of quality and quantity in California wine.

The good news? We still have plenty of great wine to look forward to. The not-so-great news? The amount of 2015 vintage rosé floating around might be tight, as there just simply weren’t enough grapes to go around. And for the Pinot Noir houses that often make some of our favorite rosés? Those grapes needed to go into more lucrative bottles of Pinot, not rosé.

This is a sad state of affairs which got me thinking… If rosé is going to be limited, with the first of the 2015s just starting to trickle in, whose rosés should we be hoping for in anticipation of this scarce vintage? These standout producers are among those worth looking for.


Our review:
The Sonoma Coast-focused Red Car is a devotee of high-acidity, low-alcohol wines, with a focus on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from sites dotted along the true Sonoma Coast, where coolness and challenging growing conditions are no joke. Both its 2013 and 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir are deliciously light and bright, super fresh in zingy acidity and juicy flavors of grapefruit, strawberry and lime. The acidity buoys the experience from first sip to last, backed by enough body to remain in balance. Red Car ferments its rosé like a white wine, without skin or seed contact. $28.