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Ontario's Best Rosés

for Summer 2016

 
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Hello <<First Name>>,
 
Now that summer is half over and the rosés are all out, its time to tell you my list of Ontario’s top Rosé wines, plus a few special mentions and sparkling choices.  You still have plenty of time to enjoy these wines; they just might prove to be so popular that you’re running out of time to buy them:

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Ontario's Best Roses, 2015 Vintage ...
Leaning Post 2015 Rosé
($20.00 - Winery Only)
A real refreshing Rosé that blends 60% Gamay with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and shows a real beauty of fruit, perfect for your summer activities (read: lying about / relaxing). Strawberry, apple skin and lime notes gives you a light flavourful wine that’s dry with good acidity and a long raspberry-strawberry-pomegranate finish. 
Rating: ****+
Creekside 2015 Cabernet Rosé
($14.95 - Winery & LCBO)
100% Cabernet Sauvignon with 6 hours of skin-contact has developed a strawberry-raspberry nose and lively cran-cherry palate … it starts off sweet-ish then ends dry and tart … beautifully refreshing for patio season. 
Rating: ****
Honsberger 2015 Rosé
($19.95 - Winery Only)
Stop the presses; Honsberger’s winemaker Kelly Mason has done it again. After a so-so 2013 version Kelly “stumbled” on another approach to making rosé that made the 2014 heads and tails above its predecessor, and she has repeated it in 2015 with even better results. The aromas are just a beautiful strawberry-cherry blend, while the flavours follow with a little bit of watermelon rind to keep all that lovely, sweet fruit in check. 
Rating: ****
Peninsula Ridge 2015 Cabernet Rosé,
Beal Vineyard

($13.95 - Winery and LCBO)
Good rose is worth its weight in gold - or should that be, worth its weight and seafood and salads ... Peninsula Ridge has struck gold again this year with this delightfully intriguing rosé that's front-loaded with strawberry and lemon then swings in with some tart raspberry on the finish. It's dry, fresh and crisp and ready for summer, and at this price you can afford to get a whole bunch ... so go get some. 
Rating: ****
Redstone 2015 Rosé
($16.95 - Winery Only)
Unconfirmed reports say this is a Cabernet Franc Rosé (with potentially a tiny bit of “other”), but whatever the makeup it’s a beautiful summer sipper with strawberry, cranberry and raspberry notes on the nose and palate with a hint of something earthy to ‘ground’ the wine, but it’s also balanced by good acidity and a dry prolonged finish. Summer is most definitely here, especially with this rosé at your disposal.  
Rating: ****
Peller 2015 Rosé,
Private Reserve

($14.95 - Winery & LCBO)
Pinot and Gamay seem to be getting the rosé treatment a lot in Ontario, especially together, here it’s a 60/40 split in favour of Pinot that was whole cluster pressed and left 30 minutes just to add a little colour. Appealing nose of floral, raspberry, sweet cherry and a hint of tea leaves; the palate is light in style with nice acid backbone: raspberry, lemon/lime and a subtle earthy note (especially on the finish) – but it’s pretty and dry and the finish just makes it the rosé you’ll love on those hot summer days. 
Rating: ****
Niagara College 2015 Rosé,
College Series

($11.95 - Winery)
Pinot and Gamay seem to be getting the rosé treatment a lot in Ontario, especially together, here it’s a 60/40 split in favour of Pinot that was whole cluster pressed and left 30 minutes just to add a little colour. Appealing nose of floral, raspberry, sweet cherry and a hint of tea leaves; the palate is light in style with nice acid backbone: raspberry, lemon/lime and a subtle earthy note (especially on the finish) – but it’s pretty and dry and the finish just makes it the rosé you’ll love on those hot summer days. 
Rating: ****
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