Rosé wines are in style once again. And we’ve found some superb values in a tasting of roses from Argentina, France, South Africa, and Spain. At just $11, the Mas Carlot 2009 Rosé Costières de Nimes, which is imported by Robert Kacher Selections, is an especially good value; we rated this inexpensive wine an extraordinary 90 points! We found several other exceptional values, too. Among sparkling wines, there’s the Graham Beck 2008 Brut Rosé from South Africa that we rated 91 points, and it costs just $20.
Rosé wines can be made from almost any red wine grape. The Mas Carlot is predominantly Grenache, while the Graham Beck Brut Rosé is Pinot Noir blended with Chardonnay. Perhaps the most exotic rosé we tasted is the Gurrutxaga 2008 Rose Txakoli de Bizkaia from Spain’s Basque country; it’s made of a local grape called the Hondarribi Beltza. For all the results, go to http://www.iwinereview.com/NonReportTastings/1004roseSelections.php. For further rosé wine reviews, consult our in-depth report (# 18) on the wines of Navarra. Navarra is renown for its old vine Grenache rosés, and justifiably so.