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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