You know it's finally spring when pretty pink wines start arriving in droves. These are a few of the truly special roses I'll be enjoying in the coming months.
Tablas Creek 2018 Patelin de Tablas Rose Paso Robles ($20) I think the word 'patelin' roughly translates to 'little place.' The Patelin series from Paso Robles' Tablas Creek are uniformly good values, and the rose, made from a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Counoise is no exception. It has that orangey-pink tint known in France as oeil de perdrix, or pheasant's eye, and has floral aromas, tangerine and lemon-lime flavors. It has a little weight and mouthfeel to it as well as terrific acidity. (90 Points)
Decoy 2018 California Rose ($20) Winemaker Tyson Wolf does a great job with this Decoy line of wines from Duckhorn. This is a deliberately Provencale-style rose made from Syrah, Carignan, Grenache and Vermentino, all picked on the early side, with Vermentino adding a nice salty, mineral note. It's pale pink / orange in color and has refreshing peach, white cherry and long savory, bright finish. (91 Points)
Lucy 2018 Rose of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Monterey County ($19) Matured for just a few months in neutral oak barrels, this rose of Pinot Noir is seriously great, focused and tangy, with beautiful floral aromas and strawberry and guava fruit. It's absolutely delicious and one of the best California roses I've tasted this year. The price is fair, and one dollar of every bottle purchased goes to breast cancer research. It's made by Jeff Pisoni, a winemaker and grape grower with deep roots in the Santa Lucia Highlands. If you see it, don't pass it up. (93 Points)