American Rosé: Pink, Patriotic and Pleasing
July 3, 2019
By Laura Bortolot
With the global meteoric rise of rosé over the past few years—with consumption up about 50% in 2017, it is the fastest-growing category in America—it was only a matter of time before American winemakers would come to the party with their own homegrown juice. Now more than ever, domestic bottlings show the diversity and flexibility of making rosé wines in the United States. Unfettered by appellation regulations that restrict much of the old world, American producers blend the grapes that do best in their vineyards, and enjoy the freedom to adjust tastes according to consumer preferences and fashion—even the localized weather and cuisine.
“Most people's impression was that domestic rosé was sweet: basically they thought of White Zin, and the only other rosé they thought of was from Provence,” said Kathleen Inman, winemaker at Inman Family Winery in Sonoma County.
Inman Family “Endless Crush,” Sonoma County. This sustainable winery makes a trio of pretty-in-pink rosés made from Pinot Noir in three different parcels in the Russian River Valley. The unifying theme is a linear freshness and underlying tart red fruit. The savory Pratt Sexton Road expressed currents and wild raspberry and was elevated by bright garden notes. The OGV Estate hinted at exotic tropical fruits but kept its lightness with a citrus-driven streak of acidity, and the Pratt Vine Hill is aperitif-ready with hints of pink grapefruit giving over to white nectarines and other stone-fruits. SRP: line priced at $38