With these wines still strategically placed right in front of the checkout at my local Whole Foods, I just couldn’t resist another grab. After all, there are four of these wines to choose from – Shiraz, Rosé, Tempranillo, and Chardonnay. Maybe I’ll make my way through all of them!
Winemaker: Don Simón Seleccion (by J. Garcia Carrión)
Varietal: Rosé (unspecified)
Appellation: Castilla, Spain
Price: $3.99 at Whole Foods
Notes: In the glass this wine was what I’d call a medium-to-light pink. On the nose I smelled strawberries. On the tongue this was a very light-bodied rosé. Acidity was OK, and alcohol is at 12.5%. Flavors for me were primarily strawberry – the whole thing including seeds and leaves. Mostly the fruit flavor, of course. There was a hint of mineral near the end and a twinge of chlorophyll on the finish. I know that typically rosé doesn’t need to breathe like many red wines do. With this one, however, I did notice a settling of the flavors. Initially, the strawberry seemed under-ripe, but with a little time in the glass it lost some of it’s tartness. Also, this Don Simón rosé comes across more as a dry wine – seeming to me even dryer than it’s 12.5% alcohol would suggest. Personally, I’m happy to say that it wasn’t one of those over-sweet, cloying rosés that initially put me off drinking them. So …. Simple? Yes. But at $3.99 a bottle, I don’t think there’s anything here to seriously complain about. Unless you want a sweet rosé!
Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur. See “About” for the full disclaimer.