After weeks of frigid temperatures and periodic snow storms, I was thrilled to see 2018 dry rosés starting to arrive at local retailers. Because some consumers consider dry rosés to be seasonal, inventory of these wines tends to drop during winter months. These first new rosés of the season are a welcome sign that spring is on the way. Although the following two pink wines are dry, their fruitiness suggests a touch of sweetness. A great way to welcome warmer temperatures, these are quaffable rosés that are fun on their own or paired with salads, seafood and other light fare.
Castle Rock Winery 2018 Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir, Monterey County, California
Bought • Dierbergs, 8450 Eager Road, in March for $11.49
Description • This delightful pale salmon-colored wine comes from Castle Rock, which has built a reputation for producing high-quality, inexpensive wines. Made from pinot noir grapes, this light-bodied rosé has an inviting floral aroma that definitely says spring. Fresh and fruity with a bright acidity, it’s crisp, refreshing and so very easy to drink. It tastes of strawberries and other red fruit with just a touch of spice and citrus.
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2018 Dry Rosé, Columbia Valley, Washington
Bought • Dierbergs, 8450 Eager Road, in March for $9.99
Description • This is just the second vintage of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Columbia Valley dry rosé. The 2017 received a “best buy” recommendation from Wine Enthusiast, and the 2018 is another winner. A blend of 72 percent syrah and 28 percent merlot, it’s deeper in color and bigger in body than the Castle Rock. Also easy to drink, this is a flavorful wine that tastes distinctively of watermelon with sweet red berry and tropical flavors.