It’s not a serious wine
To create a well-balanced rosé, a winemaker must work carefully: If the rosé grape is pressed too hard or macerated on the skins too long (which extracts the colour and tannins), it can get heavy and be too similar to a red. If the grapes are too ripe, the wine will lack energy and freshness, yet if the berries aren’t mature enough, it will be simplistic and flat. Winemakers who know how to attain that perfect balance produce some extraordinary rosés, complex and ample, that can even be cellared for a few years. Pinot Noir rosés, notably, deliver all the aromatic complexity of the grape, without the tannic structure. Bodegas Lopez de Heredia in Rioja offers a rosé as part of its best red Reservas almost every five years. Matured several years in casks, they display an extraordinary texture and complexity. Drink without judgment – you may be surprised.