We won’t be drinking those, as the Ilarria is too hard to find and the Simone is too expensive. Here are the three wines I suggest:
Broc Cellars North Coast Love Rosé 2020 $20
Tiberio Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo 2020 (The Sorting Table, Napa, Calif.) $20
Château de Trinquevedel Tavel 2020 (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif.) $21
Sharp-eyed readers may remember that we drank the Tiberio Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo 2019 last year in exploring an assortment of different types of rosés. I hesitated to suggest it again, but decided to go ahead because it seemed as if it might be easier to find than other cerasuolos I had in mind. And it’s so reliably good.
As for the other two, Broc Cellars is an excellent new wave California producer, while Château de Trinquevedel is a traditional producer of Tavel, a once-popular appellation in the Southern Rhône Valley that produces only rosés, which are generally full-bodied and dark.
If you cannot find these producers, use your eyes to pick out rosés that are darker than the rest. Other Cerasuolos d’Abruzzo and Tavels will certainly work, and you might be lucky enough to run into an Ilarria or Simone.
These dark hues may call into question the definition of a rosé. In Spain, for example, a clarete is a pale red wine. It’s easy to consider it a rosé, or rosado, but Spaniards will argue that no, it’s a clarete.