J.L. Quinson Rosé 2014

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
Wine:  Rosé
Vintage:  2014
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.

 

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Albero Spanish Rosé 2014

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.

Winemaker:  Albero
Wine:  Spanish Rosé
Varietal:  Bobal
Vintage:  2014
Appellation:  Utiel-Requena DOP, Spain
Price:  $5.99 at Trader Joe’s

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.

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