La Frenz Rosé 2009 (Canada)

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La Frenz Rosé 2009, 12.0% ABV – 750ml, (Penticton, BC, Canada)

from the La Frenz website:

“This dark salmon pink rosé is brimming with a kaleidoscope of red fruits including freshly picked strawberries and cranberries. Enjoy chilled with salmon and fresh summer salads.”

  • Style: (Vintage) Rosé
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: fruity strawberry/acidity -> herbacious cranberry/tart/sour -> warm alcoholic finish.
  • Where I got it: Direct website order
  • How much: $18, Aug 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to rosé wine aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours light cranberry red with a pinkish hue. Alcoholic sour strawberries on the nose. Drinks with the fruity strawberries as advertised, 6/10-acidic sourness, light herbaciousness, cranberry aroma and 7/10-tartness, 3-10/sweetness, finishing with a lingering tart/sour off-dry, warm alcoholic finish. Medium complexity, med depth, good transitions, decent drinkability. An easy-going wine.

Moulin des Costes 2010 Bandol – Domaines Bunan (France)

Moulin des Costes 2010 Bandol – Domaines Bunan, 13.5% ABV – 750ml, (Bandal, Provence, France)

  • Style: (Bandol) Rosé
  • Winner of Medaille d’Argent Paris 2011
  • Bandol reds and rosés are made up of at leas t50% mourvedre grapes
  • the rosés typically have spicy, earthy, and strawberry aromas

My notes:

  • My Rating: C
  • Profile: Dry -> Fruity -> Alcohol -> Sour -> Flat finish
  • Where I got it: Liberty Wines
  • How much: $38, Feb 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: mmm, no

Tasting notes: pours a medium-light pink with extreme clarity. A very strawberry-red field berry fruity and inviting nose. Upon sipping, it comes off as dry, notes of strawberry,mild tinging spice, alcohol warmth in the mids, medium-high sour (7/10) acidity near the finish, and a flat carry. Not my type of wine.