Strawberry Wine – Rossignol Estate Winery (PEI, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B]

Strawberry Wine – Rossignol Estate Winery, 11% ABV – 750 ml.(Little Sands, Prince Edward Island, Canada)


description from the Rossignol website:

“Warm island summers provide bountiful crops from which we produce this fresh-flavoured strawberry wine. A trio of juicy sweet varieties create a perfect aperitif to serve with aged cheese.”


  • Style: (strawberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Tangy-zingy juicy fleshy bright strawberry alcoholic slight cloying
  • Where I got it : ordered from their website/phone
  • How much: $19 CAD (after S&H) – 750 ml., March 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: yes

Visual: Non-vintage, cellared for 4 years. Pours light cherry red, clear as water, micro bubbles settled at the bottom of the glass.

Nose: clean strawberry juicy syrup with a bit of tang. (lvl-7)-intensity

Attack: big red fruity impression

Mid-palate: tangy acidity, alcohol detection, juicy fleshy strawberry, slight candied (lvl-5-sweetness)

Finish: slight cloying, strawberry syrup exhale

Summary: Plenty of authentic strawberry body, good depth and body, very enjoyable except for a mild alcoholic intrusion creeping the mids until the finish. One of the more authentic flavoured fruit wines I’ve had to date.

Valient Jubilee Sweet Red Wine – Rossignol Estate Winery (PEI, Canada)

  • 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.

Maple Wine – Rossignol Estate Winery (PEI, Canada)

  • My Rating: [D]

Maple Wine (Oak Aged) – Rossignol Estate Winery, 13% ABV (now listed as 16% ABV, 12/2016) – 750 ml., (Murray River, Prince Edward Island, Canada)


  • Style: Maple Wine
  • Taste: Dense cloying tangy caramel passito-ish slight maple unclean finish
  • 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 3 years. Pours a deep dark orange-brown, clear, slightly thicker than water viscosity.

Nose: maple, brown sugar, tangy-sweet impression. (lvl-5)-intensity

Attack: sweet-light tangy, dense sugars

Mid-palate: cloying (lvl-9-sweetness), slight alcoholic heat, short tangy, caramel, hints of a passito (straw wine)

Finish: generic maple syrup exhale, unclean keep-swallowing finish

Summary: My first tasting of a maple wine, one of only a few bottles that I have in my collection. You don’t see a whole lot of maple wines around and after having this I understand why. This particular maple wine flavour is dull and not engaging. In particular, you don’t get the bright woody aromatics of the maple that you might expect. Instead I found it cloying while the finish leaving a lot of palate and throat roughness.

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Wine – Rossignol Estate Winery (PEI, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B]

Strawberry Rhubarb – Rossignol Estate Winery, 12% ABV – 750 ml., (Murray River, Prince Edward Island, Canada)


  • Style: (Strawberry, Rhubarb) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Tangy dense caramelized strawberry jam subtle tart vanilla raspberry
  • 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: might put in another later
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: sure

Visual: Non-vintage, cellared for 3 years. Pours clear golden marmalade orange with a few micro bubbles settled at the bottom of the glass.

Nose: tangy sweet strawberry jam, hints of vanilla. (lvl-7)-intensity

Attack: incoming big fruity sweetness-

Mid-palate: half-cloying (lvl-8-sweetness), tangy strawberry jam, subtle rhubarb tart, caramelized fruit sugar

Finish: light alcohol heat, hints of vanilla, raspberry exhale, mild watery viscosity

Summary: Super fruity, a bit cloying but lots of likeable strawberry-raspberry character with just a bit of spice and tartness. Very sippable, quite delicious.

Cassis Wine 2011 – Rossignol Estate Winery (Murray River, PEI, Canada)

  • My Rating: [A]

Black Currant Wine 2011 – Rossignol Estate Winery, 16.2% ABV – 375 ml., (Murray River, Prince Edward Island, Canada)


  • Style: (Blackcurrant) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Tangy full-bodied rich cassis eau-de-vie alcoholic hint of smoke
  • Where I got it : ordered from their website/phone
  • How much: $23 CAD (after S&H) – 375 ml., March 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: very likely
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: absolutely

Visual: 2011 Vintage, cellared for 5 years. Pours deep rich dark purple, thicker than usual.

Nose: tangy blackcurrant mixed with semi-sweet soft alcohol, hints of smoke. (lvl-6)-intensity

Attack: thick full mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), tangy cassis body, eau-de-vie alcoholic,

Finish: tart gums, gradual medium alcoholic heat, rich dense cassis exhale

Summary: Fantastic body, rich with absolutely authentic cassis flavour. Comparing this to the well-known Gabriel Boudier Crème de Cassis, Rossignol has so much more complexity and depth to it. Highly recommended (BC residents can order direct by calling, like I did)

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Rossignol Blackberry Mead 2008 (Canada)

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  • My Rating: B+

Blackberry Mead 2008 – Rossignol Winery, 11% ABV – 375ml, (Little Sands, Prince Edward Island, Canada)

 

  • Style: (fruit) Mead
  • Taste Profile:  burst sweetness -> cassis/blackberry/jammy clover honey -> light alcohol/warmth/mild sticky finish.
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (??)
  • How much: ~$20, sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes since now apparently now their ABV is 13%
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: Firstly I like the fact that it’s Canadian (yay!) and that it comes from the mysterious far east. I’m hoping to have the opportunity to try the rest of the fruit wines in their portfolio (fingers crossed!). Moving on, this wine pours dark cassis purple/red with a thicker than water viscosity. Amazing fruity sweet cassis nose with hints of honey and alcohol.

Attack: starts slightly syrupy, coating your mouth, a burst of 8/10-sweetness and not too cloying.

Mid-palate: Deep and rich cassis, blackberry, clover honey notes, jammy

Finish: tingly light-med alcohol detection, gentle warmth, clean slightly sticky finish in the mouth.

Medium complexity, med depth, good transitions, good carry, good sippability. Would be excellent with pie, vanilla ice cream, or custard. Very nice & pleasantly satisfied.