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1. Syncline | $19
The winemaker’s tasting notes describe the 2011 Syncline rosé: “Our creation of this wine is in direct response to our love of crisp, dry Rosé. The color is a striking pale rose with aromas of strawberry, stone fruit and melon. Each grape lends unique attributes to the overall complexity.”
Blend: 33% Pinot Noir, 17% Grenache, 17% Cinsault, 15%, Carignan, 9% Mourvedre, 9% Counoise

2. 2013 Matchbook Rosé of Tempranillo | $12
The folks at Matchbook created a lovely, uncomplicated, but very drinkable rosé, perfect for Thai food or sushi. The winemakers say, “This pretty rosé is an Estate Bottled blend of Tempranillo, Syrah, Graciano and Malbec grown in our Matchbook Vineyard. The lovely aromas of melons,
marshmallow ambrosia and lime zest are followed up with flavors of white peaches, cream soda and strawberry.” Blend: 75% Rosé of Tempranillo, 13% Rosé of Syrah, 6% Rosé of Graciano, 6% Rosé of Malbec

3. Robert Ramsay Cellars Columbia Valley Rosé | $18
A bright rosé that stands up well to ribs and lamb, Robert Ramsay says his rosé is “inspired by our love of rosé from Provence and Bandol in particular. It offers a bright fruity nose with hints of mineral and floral scents.” Blend: Grenache based with Cinsault, Syrah and Viognier.

4. 2013 Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sa ngiovese | $18
Sangiovese is a nicely balanced Italian grape that produces fine reds, but not always. It makes a great rosé as well. Barnard Griffin says that it “delivers a lively mouthful of lovely strawberry, cranberry and apple flavors. Shows extraordinary balance and finesse without sacrificing zip and
mouthwatering acidity.” Verital: Sangiovese

5. 2013 Gramercy Cellars Olsen Vineyards Rosé | $25
I love the way Gramercy Cellars describes their rosé thus: “We definitely prefer to be on the
orange side of the spectrum instead of pink for our rosé. This rosé is more substantial than previous vintages. It’s a bit riper, as is the trend for all varieties in 2013. It’s a wine that will take some time to open. It’s more of an intellectual wine instead of a back yard quaffer.” Though, you know, there are no rules… Blend: 52% Cinsault, 22% Syrah, 26% Grenache