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Battle of the Rosés

School is out and the summer is here. North America and Europe are having great weather. What better than a good rosé to relax after work? With so many options on the market, I decided to take 5 popular choices to see which ones came out on top. I tried to vary the selection from all parts of the world. France, California, Oregon and even Italy!


Battle of the Rosés!

Which rosés came out top?


1) Domaine Ott, Provence, France - Blend of 40% Cinsault, 40% Grenache, 14% Syrah, 6% Cab Sauvignon - elegant evening rosé, light raspberries, cooked strawberries, elegant long finish - 94 points.


2) Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Bordeaux, France - 60% Cab, 40% Merlot - perfectly balanced, more floral than fruity, stewed apple, raspberries, straight finish - 92 points


3) Elouan, Oregon, USA - 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Syrah , more delicate , slightly sweeter with notes of strawberries, lighter, finish is impressive. Well done - 90 points


4) Pratello, Chiaretto, Italy - 50% Groppello, 20% Marzemino, 10% Barbera, 10% Sangiovese - sweet, refreshing, candy pop, pool part wine. Fun fun fun - 89 points


5) Belle Glos Oeil de Perdrix, California, USA - 100% Pinot Noir , not enough fresh for a rose, more reddish but lacking the depth. Sour cherry a little raspberry and strawberry at the end, finish is ok but nothing special. This is more a foodie wine - 87 points


Overal, the quality of the rosés tried were excellent. I was really surprised by the Pratello. What a surprise, if you have not tried this Italian rosé then you need to try it! Chateau Ott is really the best rosé I have ever tried.


What are your favourite rosés?

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