The sun is shining bright over the vineyards, the days are getting longer, and temps are heating up in the Napa Valley- it’s almost summer time! What better way to swing into summer than enjoying a glass of refreshing rosé? While there are many Napa Valley wineries offering up rosés (too many to name them all here), we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites:
Alpha Omega: Surrounded by fountains, vineyards and mountains, the beauty of this modern, farm-style winery is as captivating as its wine. Whether you’re lounging poolside or enjoying a backyard BBQ, Alpha Omega Rosé Reserve 2018 is the perfect complement. Made in the traditional French saignée method, the juice sits on the skins for a fleeting moment, just long enough to impart the signature pastel hue. The resulting flavor profile shines of bright cherries, strawberries, pomegranate and orange zest.
Clos Du Val: Friendly and down to earth, Clos Du Val is located in one of Napa Valley’s most beautiful settings, the Stags Leap District. Visitors enjoy tasting through past and present vintages while overlooking vineyards from the newly built tasting room, the Hirondelle House. Their Clos Du Val 2018 Estate Pinot Noir Rosé was recently named by VinePair as one of the Top Rosés of 2019. Pale pink in color, the wine has flavors of juicy watermelon, strawberry and cantaloupe on the palate.
Domaine Carneros: Founded by Champagne Taittinger, Domaine Carneros crafts sparkling and still wines from their estate vineyards in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. The Domaine Carneros château is a California wine country landmark and brings to Carneros the elegant style of the French wine country. Sip in summer with Domaine Carneros 2015 Brut Rosé sparkling wine. Delicate aromas of rose petals, peach and white cherries dance among flavors of watermelon, strawberries and caramelized sugar. Recently awarded Best of Show at the American Fine Wine Rosé Competition, this beauty evokes the bliss of a perfect summer day through the long, silky finish.
Calmere Estate: The name Calmére comes from the French words for calm (calme) and sea (mer). The winery offers stunning wines, spectacular views of The Bay, and is surprisingly close to San Francisco (just 45 from the Golden Gate Bridge). The Calmere 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir features alluring aromas of raspberry, rose petal and light naval orange. Juicy watermelon, raspberry sherbet and key lime pie fill the mouth and lead to a crisp finish.
Hess Collection: A pioneer by nature, Donald Hess was determined to defy convention and pursue wine making at elevation. In 1978, he established The Hess Collection Winery in a historic native stone building hewn by masons in 1903. The original stone structure is now joined by The Hess Art Collection, a world-class showcase of contemporary art. Dry and crisp, the Hess 2018 Petite Sirah Rosé presents aromas of strawberry and watermelon that invite the palate. Delicious flavors of pomegranate, cranberry and red raspberry delight the mouth, and deliver a refreshing acidity that is complemented by a slightly savory note of rhubarb.
Regusci Winery: Built before prohibition, Regusci Winery is home to one of California’s only ghost wineries and is the oldest family Ranch in Napa Valley’s renowned Stags Leap District. Comprised of 100% Pinot Noir, whole cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks, their 2018 Regusci Rosé offers aromas of peach, watermelon, and hints of cherry. Refreshing notes of raspberry, melon, and sour cherry fill out the flavors that are framed by scintillating acids on the finish.
Azur Wines: At Azur’s Green Room, guests are invited to hang out in an intimate setting, taste limited production wines and see what happens behind the scenes during various stages of winemaking. Just as the name suggests, the reclaimed wood bar and cozy lounge area are located off the “main stage” of the production area and boast a floor to ceiling window wall which offers a full view into the crush pad. Elan and Julien Fayard founded Azure Wines and became the first producer to bring the authentic Provençale technique of rosé wine production to the US. The 2017 Azur Rosé greets you with a delicate nose that hints at strawberry, white peach, and golden raspberry.
Tamber Bey: Located in Calistoga and surrounded by stunning views of Mount St. Helena and the Palisades mountain range, Tamber Bey is in the middle of an equestrian facility that specializes in training high-performance Arabian horses and is also home to the largest horse rescue organization in Napa County. The Tamber Bey 2017 Fore Family Rosé is a blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Grenache, making this wine one of both complexity and approachability. Notes of strawberry rhubarb, white peach and hibiscus evolve into scents of cream soda, and bright Bing cherries- a perfect summer sipper!
Louis Martini: Rosé and cabanas at Martini Park! Spend the day in the winery's newly-opened Martini Park in the privacy of your own cabana. Taste wines, including the Cabernet Sauvignon Rose, which pairs perfectly with wood-fired pizzas, spit-roasted meats and more (all available for purchase at the winery). Cabanas are available in four-hour windows (10 am – 2 pm or 2 pm – 6 pm) and comfortably seat up to 12 guests.
V. Sattui: V. Sattui Winery is a storied Italian destination in the heart of Napa Valley offering a vast portfolio of 90+ rated wines, each sold only at the winery. Its bustling Italian marketplace features over 200 cheeses, house-cured salumi, and artisanal foods made fresh daily in their own kitchen - perfect for an al fresco picnic on their sprawling shaded grounds with a chilled bottle of rosé. Guests are invited to enjoy a variety of wine tastings and pairings designed to edu-tain. Their brand new release of 2017 Rosato di Pinot Noir wafts with fresh cherries, honeysuckle and apricot with a hint of rose petal, mint and sandalwood perfume.
Ashes & Diamonds: Located at the gateway of Napa Valley along Highway 29, Ashes & Diamonds is a love letter to the region. Looking back in order to move forward, the winery evokes the days when Napa first took the world stage in the 1960s. The A&D Rosé is made of Cabernet Franc from select vineyards in Napa Valley (Los Carneros, Oak Knoll District and Yountville). Collectively known as the “mouth” of Napa Valley, these sites take in morning fog and afternoon sea breezes from the San Pablo Bay, enabling the grapes to ripen slowly while minimizing the heat spikes that can rob the fruit of flavors.
Rosé All Day! The 3rd Annual RoséFest will feature 33 Napa Valley wineries, including Sterling Vineyards, along with several of Napa Valley’s top restaurants, providing rosé lovers an opportunity to sample the best that Napa Valley has to offer while supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness. Premium Access and VIP guests will have access to the upper portion of the winery where a selection of Napa Valley’s finest rosé producers will be pouring alongside Napa Valley restaurants. General Admission guests will enjoy access to the tasting tent on the lawn featuring live music, food trucks, and great rosé!
Find a complete listing of Napa Valley rosé producers here.