Provence is known for their Rosé. Finding a wallet-friendly offering from Provence, it was a foregone conclusion that I would buy a bottle. Wouldn’t you?
Winemaker: J.L. Quinson
Appellation: Côtes de Provence AOC, France
Price: $7.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: This blush wine was an interesting shade of pink. It had a tinge of orange to it. It was light-bodied with good acidity. The bouquet was very faint with just-there scents of strawberry and pepper. Alcohol was at 12.5%. Flavors I found were simple but pleasant, including strawberry, grass, and a touch of pepper. Nothing surprising here in a very good way. This is a Rosé I would be happy to drink again.
A few months ago I mentioned that I had tried a varietal wine made of 100% Bobal grapes. I liked it, so my blog friend whirlaway let me know when they saw this Rosé made from Bobal mentioned in a Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer. Thank you, whirlaway, for giving me a heads up! I definitely wanted to see what this one was like.
Notes: In the glass this wine was fairly dark for a rosé. It was pink, yes, but a dark pink. It was light-bodied, and acidity was OK. On the palate this Albero seemed dryer than it’s 12.5% alcohol content would suggest. Tannins were light with a late onset. Flavors for me included tart cherry, spice notes and a bitter woody finish. It was interesting to try a blush wine made from Bobal grapes. I think, however, that I want to try some more Bobal red selections. This Rosé was not my personal favorite.