Price: $2.99 @ Trader Joe’s
What They Said:
Per Bonterra (pdf) “Our RosĂ© continues to exemplify the standard we set with our first vintage â€“ a dry, crisp, complex and refreshing RosĂ© with beautiful color. Weâ€™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 â€“ Bright pink (more than I like) and aged this one starts off on the wrong foot but at $3 I couldnâ€™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 â€śtastingâ€ť. 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 isnâ€™t the steal of a deal I was hoping it might have beenâ€¦
Rating: Try It (at $2.99 you don’t have much to lose…)
Wine Geek Notes: Certified organic; Twist-off