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The California Rosés You Need to Stock Up On Now

Wine Enthusiast
February 5, 2016
By Virginie Boone

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By all accounts, the 2015 vintage in Northern California was exceptional, but what it wasn’t? Abundant. It produced nowhere near what 2012 and 2013 did. And 2014 was a triple streak of quality and quantity in California wine. The good news? We still have plenty of great wine to look forward to. The not-so-great news? The amount of 2015 vintage rosé floating around might be tight, as there just simply weren’t enough grapes to go around. And for the Pinot Noir houses that often make some of our favorite rosés? Those grapes needed to go into more lucrative bottles of Pinot, not rosé. This is a sad state of affairs which got me thinking… If rosé is going to be limited, with the first of the 2015s just starting to trickle in, whose rosés should we be hoping for in anticipation of this scarce vintage? These standout producers are among those worth looking for.

Inman Family
Winemaker Kathleen Inman created a bona fide hit with her Endless Crush Rosé after first being released years ago. Alongside this, her OGV Estate Brut Rosé was a hit. The 2014 is a knockout, made from a single-vineyard source of Pinot Noir grapes from her OGV Estate on Olivet Lane. This lovely pinkish-red wine is a celebration of wild strawberry. Dry, crisp and refreshing, it offers a twist of citrus on the finish and a floral backbone of honeysuckle. $25.