Rose’ is loved here at The Wine Company. A big part of our company philosophy is the fraternity and friendship around the world of wine, and there is no wine better for this than dry rose’ while sitting around our patio (even with a slice of watermelon in it — photo credit to @AmuseeWine). And in terms of food versatility, it is unbeatable. We even love it with Pho from one of our local restaurants.

Portfolio manager Wil Bailey estimates he’s tasted about 200 rose’ so far this year. Less than half of those made the cut and came to Minnesota. A significant percentage of those sold out so fast that we barely had a chance to enjoy them around the office (egads!).

So for the 2013 rose’ season we thought it would be fun to corner Wil and force him to choose three as his favorites. It wasn’t easy for him, but he did it.

We present to you Wil’s rose picks of the season (part one).

Martin Ray, Pinot Noir Rose, 2012

Martin Ray Rose 2012

It’s rare that a California Rose makes my top three list but not a surprise in any way that a Rose of Pinot Noir is one of my faves. It’s no secret around the office that I love, love, love Pinot Noir. What I think people sometimes overlook is that Pinot Noir often makes a really lovely Rose. The Martin Ray 2012 combines an appealing ripeness of fruit (think strawberries and black cherries) with a freshness that makes it super easy and enjoyable. Some Pinot Noir Rose’s from warmer climates can get a little heavy and cloying. The Martin Ray is all Russian River fruit and nicely plays up the elegance and lively qualities of this cooler district of California winegrowing. – Wil Bailey

Martin Ray Rose’ of Pinot Noir can be found (until it’s sold out, of course!) at the following Minnesota retailers and restaurants.

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