2009 Bonterra Rose

2009 Bonterra RosePrice: $2.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per Bonterra (pdf) “Our Rosé continues to exemplify the standard we set with our first vintage – a dry, crisp, complex and refreshing Rosé with beautiful color. We’ve used a collection of varietals to contribute surprising complexity and a beautiful deep-pink color. For this vintage we focused on Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Carignane and just a little Grenache, all from Mendocino County. The grapes were picked when they had achieved a great balance of ripe fruit and racy acidity. They were then cold-fermented in stainless steel to preserve the great floral and fruit aromas. The knock-your-socks-off color is just the beginning. Chilled a bit, the wine reveals aromas and flavors of strawberry, tart cherry, raspberries, watermelon, and spice with a wonderful dry, lingering finish.

What I Think:

(13.4%) 45% Sangiovese, 26% Zinfandel, 15% Carignane, 9% Grenache – Bright pink (more than I like) and aged this one starts off on the wrong foot but at $3 I couldn’t help but roll the dice. Simple and mineral driven on the palate with spiced edges. Not much fruit left here but you get some faint strawberries on a dry, clean palate with a nice, crisp finish. Certainly not a bad wine to drink but not one you want to spend time “tasting”. Worth buying at $3 if you are looking for something to mindlessly sip on this summer. I may even grab another bottle or two for myself but this isn’t the steal of a deal I was hoping it might have been…

Rating: Try It (at $2.99 you don’t have much to lose…)

Wine Geek Notes: Certified organic; Twist-off

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  1. This definitely isn’t complicated stuff, but my bottle did have some big strawberry flavor with just a tad of acidity left on the finish. Better with food, so not bad at the price point, but it shows that Roses are best drunk young. I’m really looking forward to the Petite Reserve Rose: $5.99 that’s 70% Cabernet which should be hitting the shelves in time for the Summer Flyer on the 11th along with the VINTJS Sauvignon Blanc :$5.99.
    Had a quick Tasting the other day:
    2010 Tribunal: $9.99: Big, Bold and Bright: All the deliciousness of the previous two vintages with a tad more acidity which will make it more accessible during the warmer months.
    2010 TJ’s Reserve Dry Creek Cabernet: $9.99: Cedar, Tobacco leaf, really earthy, chewy and not a lot of fruit. Not my style, but definitely well made.
    2010 TJ’s Grand Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir: $12.99: Big, dark cherries and smoky earth. This one is not shy this year and those of you who enjoy bigger Pinots will like this one.
    2007 (sorry, forgot the name) Chateauneuf de Pape: $18.99
    This one is a special deal from the Skalli Family Estates who were recently bought by Bosset. (Our comp list price is $35)
    Big, smoky juicy flavors that cry out for a BBQ’d chunk o’ meat. Yummy!
    Gotta drink a few more reds so I can stash a few of these away.

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