Hidden Gems of The Rose World: Best of 2017

Hidden Gems of The Rose World: Best of 2017

Living in the Napa Valley comes with a lot of perks, gorgeous scenery, amazing food and wine, lots and lots of wine! Given the current popularity of Rose and all things themed "Rose All Day," I thought it only necessary to bring you some of my favorite Rose's and what I will be enjoying in my glass this summer! 

I gathered fifteen of my closest confidants whom all work in Wine. From Winemakers, Educators, Managers, Sommeliers, Winery Owners, almost every aspect of the wine business was represented. We put in some hard work, tasted a lot of delicious rose's and I am excited to present: Which Rose's To Buy For 2017! Each wine listed is available or will be soon, direct from the winery, some you can find out in the marketplace, but most require a call to the vineyard - so if it's your first time ordering wine to have shipped home, no fear, it's like riding a bike, do it once and you'll never step foot in a grocery store to buy wine ever again! 

1. Tres Sabores Winery "2016 Rose of Zinfandel & Petite Sirah." Made by Winemaker Julie Johnson. Sourced from their estate vineyard in the Rutherford AVA. 650 cases produced, just released May 2017. Purchase directly from the winery or online HERE. Phone // 707-967-8027                  $28 per bottle.

2. Porter Family Vineyards "2016 Sand Piper Rose of Syrah." Made by Winemaker Ken Bernards (Ancien Wines, Tournesol Wines). Sourced from their estate in Coombsville. 160 cases produced, released March 2017. Purchase directly from the winery or online HERE. Phone // 707-927-0765 $32 per bottle.

3. Double Eagle Wines "2015 Rose of Pinot Noir." Made by Winemaker Vance Rose (Grieve Family Wines and 59R). Sourced from their estate in Lovall Valley/Sonoma County. 45 cases produced, released in April 2016. Purchase online HERE. Phone // 707-938-9670 $32 per bottle.

4. Grieve Family Vineyards "2015 59R Rose of Pinot Noir." Made by Winemaker Vance Rose (same producer as above - different AVA). Sourced from the Sonoma Coast AVA. 50 cases produced, released in March 2016. Purchase direct from the winery! Phone // 707-938-9670 $32 per bottle

5. Cadle Family Wines "2016 Rose of Sangiovese." Made by Winemaker Kevin Cadle. Sourced from the Knights Valley AVA. 55 cases produced, released April 2017. Purchase online HERE or visit Holman Cellars to purchase direct! Phone // Phone 707-681-4428 $28 per bottle

6. Silver Trident Winery "2016 Apollo's Folly Rose of Pinot Noir." Made by Winemaker Kari Auringer (makes wine for Cornerstone Cellars, Bryter and Pedras Wines also). Sourced from Anderson Valley AVA. 375 cases produced, released March 2017. Purchase online HERE or visit the Tasting Home to purchase direct! Phone // 707-945-0311 $32 per bottle

7. Vicarious Wines "2016 Rose of Pinot Noir." Made by Winemaker Jason Moore (Modus Operandi Wines). Sourced from the Russian River AVA. Only 25 cases produced (our most limited production wine we tasted), released April 2017. Purchase online HERE or visit the Brasswood for a special By Appointment experience. Phone // 530-219-6199 $30 per bottle

8. Maggy Hawk Wines "2016 Rose of Pinot Noir." Made by Winemaker Elizabeth Grant Douglas. Sourced from the Anderson Valley AVA. 180 cases produced, released April 2017. Sign up for their mailing list to secure your own allocation today! Phone // 1-888-339-7726 $30 per bottle

9. Expression Wines "2016 Expression 39 Rose of Pinot Noir." Made by Winemaker Patrick Mahaney (same owners as Prime Solum Wines). Sourced from the Anderson Valley AVA. 75 cases produced, releases July 2017 (just in time for independence day!!). Signup for their mailing list to secure your allocation today! Website HERE. $36 per bottle                                                                                         

10. Ladera Vineyards & Winery "2016 Rose of Malbec." Made by Winemaker Jade Barrett. Sourced from their Howell Mountain Estate Vineyard. 95 cases produced, released May 2017. Purchase direct from the website. Phone // 707-965-2445 $30 per bottle

11. Burgess Cellars "2016 Rose of Syrah." Made by Winemaker Kelly Woods. Sourced from the Haymaker Vineyard in Napa Valley. 92 cases produced, released in March 2017. Purchase direct from their website or visit the winery HERE. Phone //  707-963-4766 $30 per bottle

12. Navarro Vineyards & Winery "2015 Rose of Pinot Noir." Made by Winemaker Jim Klein. Sourced from the Anderson Valley AVA. 1700 cases produced, released in June 2016 - I personally purchased this Rose during a trip in November 2016, they have just a few cases left of the 2015 vintage and have just released their 2016 vintage - sure to be just as delicious. Purchase direct from the winery or website HERE. Phone // 707-895-3686 $22 per bottle

13. Rarecat Wines  "2016 Jennifer Rose of Grenache." Made by Winemaker Sharon Harris with help from Jennifer Curry - aptly named after Curry. Sourced from the California AVA and co-fermented with Viognier (a little winemaker secret blend). 300 cases produced, released in May 2017. Purchase on their website HERE or join their "Simply Pink," Club. Phone // 707-968-5031 $25 per bottle

 14. La Sirena Wines "2016 La Sirena Rosato." Made by Winemaker Heidi Barrett (first female Winemaker to score a perfect 100 point score for the 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon she made). Sourced from Amador County AVA. 224 cases produced, released in February 2017. Purchase direct from their website HERE or sign up for their "Preferred Buyers" list for first offerings. Phone // 707-942-1105 $28 per bottle

15. Swanson Vineyards "2016 Rosato of Sangiovese & Merlot." Made by Winemaker Robin Akhurst. Sourced from the Napa Valley. 750 cases produced, released in March 2016. Purchase direct from their website HERE or visit their Sippe Shop at Swanson Vineyards to pick up some while you visit Napa! Phone // 707-754-4018 $24 per bottle

16. Halcyon Wines "2016 Rose of Cabernet Franc." Made by Winemaker Tyler Elwell. Sourced from Contra Costa County. 67 cases produced, released May 2017. Purchase direct from their website HERE and sign up for their mailing list! Email // kim@halcyonwines.com $26 per bottle

17. Eleven Eleven "2016 Rose of Syrah." Made by Winemaker Kirk Venge. Sourced from the Oak Knoll AVA. 140 cases produced, released March 2017. Purchase direct from their website HERE or visit the Winery HERE! $28 per bottle

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