5 rosés to try

June 11, 2013
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Prices are approximate, and the wines listed below may be available at additional locations. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.

Here are selections from France, Austria, California and Washington that will slake your thirst this summer. In recent weeks I’ve recommended rosés from Spain and Greece. You can also find tasty rosés from Virginia, Maryland and elsewhere; remember, rosé may have a traditional home around the Mediterranean, but good rosé can be made anywhere.

— D.M. 

Domaine du Dragon, Grande Cuvee 2012

★★★

Cotes de Provence, France, $15

Pale and translucent, this is a traditional Provence rosé. We are conditioned to think that depth of color equals depth of flavor, and vice versa. But this wine will disprove that theory. Subtle and complex, it will command your attention and will reward it, as well.

Dionysus: Available in the District at Cork & Fork, De Vinos, Whole Foods Market (Foggy Bottom, Tenleytown), Wagshal’s Market. Available in Maryland at Balducci’s, Bradley Food & Beverage, Cork & Fork, Georgetown Square Beer & Wine in Bethesda; the Bottle Shop in North Potomac; Finewine.com in Gaithersburg. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean), Cellar to Table in Richmond, Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, Foods of All Nations and Wine Guild in Charlottesville, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview), Whole Foods Market (Alexandria, Arlington, Charlottesville, Vienna); on the list at Hamiltons’ at First & Main in Charlottesville.

Bouchaine, Rockin’ H Vineyard, Rosé of Syrah, 2012

★★1 / 2

Sonoma Coast, Calif., $23

A single-vineyard rosé is unusual. This one is hands-down delicious, vibrant and, yes, rockin’.

M Touton Selection:  Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Cork & Fork, MacArthur Beverages, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor; on the list at Equinox. Available in Maryland at Old Farm Liquors in Frederick; on the list at Acacia in Frederick. Available in Virginia at Foods of All Nations in Charlottesville, the Vineyard in McLean.

Mittelbach T-Zweigelt Rosé 2012

★★1 / 2

Neideroesterreich, Austria, $14

This zesty rosé of zweigelt, Austria’s signature red grape, is among my favorites every year. The 2012 may be the best yet. It features melon flavors kissed with citrus. I drank it so fast, I forgot to take notes. It is offered by the glass at several casual restaurants in Northern Virginia.

KW Selection; Simon N Cellars in the District and southern Virginia; Prestige in Maryland; Select in Northern Virginia. Available in the District at Calvert Woodley; on the list at Vidalia. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean); Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market and J. Emerson Fine  Wines & Cheese in Richmond; Grateful Red Wine & Gift Shop in Arlington; the Wine Shop at J’s Gourmet in Front Royal; Le Tastevin Fine Wines in Alexandria; Market Street Wineshop and Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville; Red, White & Bleu in Falls Church; Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview); various Wegmans and Whole Foods Market locations; Wine Cabinet in Reston.

Chateau Montaud 2012

★★

Cotes de Provence, France, $12

It’s delightful not just because it is widely available in the traditional Provencal bottle. This is just tasty, gulpable summer fun. 

M Touton Selection: Widely available in the District, Maryland and Virginia.

Charles & Charles Rosé 2012

★★

Columbia Valley, Wash., $13

Here’s a full-bore New World rosé that is not shy about showing its fruit. It will appeal to skeptics who might have wondered what rosé is all about.

Republic National in the District; Roanoke Valley in Virginia: Available in the District at AB Liquors, Circle Wine & Liquor, De Vinos, Lion’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Manhattan Market, Rodman’s, Yes! Organic Market (Petworth). Available in Virginia at Aldie Peddler; Ashburn Wine Shop; Grand Cru and Grateful Red Wine & Gift Shop in Arlington; Red, White & Bleu in Falls Church; Out of Site Wines in Vienna; Whole Foods Market (Alexandria, Arlington, Vienna). On the list at Fire Works Pizza (Arlington, Leesburg); Lyon Hall and Screwtop Wine Bar in Arlington; Monroe’s in Alexandria; Quattro Pizza Shop in Aldie.

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