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

“If penicillin can cure those that are ill, Spanish sherry can bring the dead back to life.”
by Sir Alexander Fleming

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.