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Best Paso Robles wines for summer – Rosé 

best Paso Robles Rose wine

Rosé wine has come along way from your mom’s white zinfandel, and Paso Robles has a lot of premium rosé wines to offer. Rosé is quite possibly the quintessential summer wine. Perfect for sipping poolside, serving at barbecues, and enjoying at picnics.

I’ve enjoyed this fresh, crisp flexible pink wine for a long time. Rosé wines are most available at this time of year and there are plenty of good ones around. I’ve been tasting through dozens of summer wines to recommend for this series and will have whites and red selections coming soon. Here are some of my favorite Paso Robles rosés to recommend for your summer enjoyment.

Paso Robles rosé wines for summer

Alloy Wine Works Tin City Central Coast Rose – $6 
Our first selection comes in the latest trend for wines, a 375ml aluminum can. It’s a solid offering for a pink porch pounder with flavors of strawberry, mint, grapefruit, rose petals, and sour patch candies.

Asuncion Ridge Vineyards 2108 Rosé – $25 
This rosé fills the mouth with strawberries and key lime with peach, honeydew and a hint of gardenia.

Bushong Vintage Company 2018 Pretty in Pink – $23
Paso Robles rosé from a proprietary blend of predominantly Estrella District sourced barbera. Bright acidity and lingering minerality deliver a bone-dry rosé.

Circle B Vineyard & Cellars 2017 Rosé de Garnacha – $20
Rose colored with flavors of melon, lychee, and strawberry with a soft mouthfeel.

HammerSky Vineyards 2018 – $40
This 100% zinfandel rosé delivers romantic, delicately sweet touches of citrus and strawberries and creme.

Hearst Ranch Winery 2018 Julia Rosé – $22
A pale salmon color in the glass this wine’s aromatics offer juicy fruit notes with hints of freshly cut grass and limestone-inspired minerality. A resolute vein of acidity frames everything in from nose to finish.

Nadia 2018 Grenache Rosé – $25
Pale salmon in the glass, this energetic wine opens with aromas of underripe raspberry and grapefruit. The palate offers tantalizing notes of sarsaparilla and strawberry. A smooth finish is carried out with flavors of tea rose and a lovely red fruit minerality.

Opolo 2018 Rosé – $24
A pink blend of grenache, syrah, and viognier sourced from four different vineyards create this balanced rosé. Aromas and flavors hint of fresh cut watermelon, sour cherry, lychee, red rose petals, and strawberry.

Peachy Canyon 2018 Rosé – $24
Peach-rose pink in color, a crystal clear rosé with aromas of strawberry, guava and lychee gives a bright acid flavor containing strawberries, peaches, nectarines, and mandarin orange.

Riverstar 2018 Rosé – $20
From 100% syrah, this wine has a dry, light body with peach and strawberry flavors and a soft vanilla finish.

Sculpterra Winery 2018 Paso Pink Rosé – $28
Comprised of grenache, syrah and mourvèdre red Rhone varietals, providing a complex and inviting aroma. Tropical fruits flavor this wine with guava, orange, strawberry and a touch of earth and spice. Wonderful mouthfeel and a finishing hinting of rose petal and lavender.

Sea Shell Cellars 2018 Grenache Rosé – $21
This vibrant wine greets the palate right out of the glass with peaches, nectarines and apricots then settles to peach, black tea, and fresh cut pomelo. The wine has crisp acidity and balance that carries through to the finish.

SummerWood Winery 2019 Rosé – $20
Salmon pink in color this wine exhibits a bouquet of strawberries, cranberries, and cotton candy. It is a well-balanced wine offering a delightful mouth-feel of tart citrus, grapefruit, and dried apricots.

Tobin James Cellars 2018 Tempranillo Rose “Paradise” – $22
Pale salmon pink color delivers aromas of strawberry and ripe peach. Crisp to bone dry flavors of strawberry, apricot, and peach carries through to a delicious finish.

Vina Robles 2018 Rosé – $17
A wine with a clear coral color and aromas of red cherries, pomegranates and hints of peaches and rose petals. The flavor is full of juicy red cherry flavors with moderate acid giving this wine a lively finish.


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