Had a Glass: 2010 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé

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He says: Last year, this was impossible to find locally, but Marquis seems to have some stock of this year’s release. Buy now. Enjoy tomorrow.

She says: What makes this Rosé special (other than its honeymoon status) is that it has a savoury quality that balances its fruit and floral elements.

2009 8th Generation Vineyard Pinot Meunier Rosé

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He says: On the palate, the key for me is the red fruit doesn’t come out swinging, and there’s a beautiful balance of citrus notes without being tart.

She says: An easy drinking, summer sipper, although it may be a little too simple for some.

2009 JoieFarm Rosé

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He says: This would be better served marketed as a Beaujolais/Pinot Noir blend to be drunk at room temperature rather than chilled.

She says: For those of you that loved cherry-flavoured cough syrup growing up, this is the wine for you. It’s definitely not for me.

Bruno Gobillard Champagne Brut Rosé – Mille Sophie Cuvee

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He says: I can’t really say I’d ever buy this for the price as I find it to be a very bad value proposition.

She says: It was not as balanced as the other wines…

Had a Glass: 2010 Charles Melton Rose of Virginia

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He says: I really enjoyed this wine and wish it was something I could stock a case of at home.

She says: It was a great welcome home.

2009 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Rosado

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She says: Could easily drink a bottle on a sunny afternoon… if only we still had some sunshine to come… wishful thinking?

He says: A decent Rosé for $15. I liked the simple fruit-forward nose/palate, with some hints of cream soda both in smell and texture.

2009 Vacceos Rueda Rosado

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She says: It is not often we don’t finish a bottle of wine when we open it but this one went back in the fridge until a couple of days later. It either improved in this time or my expectations were so low that it somehow didn’t seem so bad.

He says: A strange Rosé to say the least in that the drapes don’t match the carpet.

Wine truths

“In vino veritas. (In wine there is truth.)”
by Pliny, Roman naturalist

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.