- My Rating: [C+]
Valient Jubilee Sweet Red Wine – Rossignol Estate Winery, 12% ABV (now listed as 11% ABV, 5/2017) – 750 ml., (Murray River, Prince Edward Island, Canada)
description from the Rossignol website:
“Deliciously rich and concentrated with loads of wild grape taste. Our hardy, estate-grown Valient [sic] grapes yield a fragrant juicy cocktail wine to be enjoyed alone or over ice with a twist of lemon”
- Style: (Sweet) Red Wine
- Taste: Sweet juicy concord-grapey tangy alcholic tart gums
- Where I got it : ordered from their website/phone
- How much: $21 CAD (after S&H) – 750 ml., March 2013
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no
Visual: Non-vintage, cellared for 5 years. Pours a very dark reddish-purple, slow thick legs.
Nose: juicy deep and rich Welch/concord grape juice, background tangy acidity (lvl-4)-intensity
Attack: medium tart, sweet grape juice impression
Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), concord grape juice, raisiny alcohol, big juicy-controlled tart, tangy-zingy acidity, sangria-ish
Finish: tart gums, slight concord grapey exhale.
Summary: Valiant grape, a first for me tasting this varietal. More info here, it seems this type of sweet grape is well-suited for making jam and juice due to its deep rich flavour. This drinks like a sweet and tangy alcoholic grape juice with decent depth, easy going and quite approachable. It would be interesting on the rocks or in a cocktail, as suggested on the Rossignol website.