MATT'S WINE NOT! CHATEAU VAL JOANIS TRADITION SYRAH ROSE 2009 FRENCH WINE

Once more, dear reader, I am pleased to bring to you yet another rose style wine, this time from the land of sharply dressed Presidents and beautiful First Ladies (no, not America): France!

I have attempted in these cornball pieces as of late to bring a taste of Summer into your lives by featuring Summery libations of every kind (thus far featuring only a few wines and a beer). But! Thankfully, the Summer is young (for now), and there's more to come! Right now though, this one steps up to the plate.

And for me, unfortunately, strikes out.

Disclaimer however: just because I didn't find it particularly mind blowing, doesn't mean you won't find it as such; so go ahead and buy it, even if I don't love it, you very well may!

I chilled this one, for the record, for about 20 minutes or so in ye olde fridge...roses, like whites, I tend to find yummier when cold, but this one could have been in the Antarctic frankly, and I still may not have liked it!

But first, a little background knowledge from the back of the bottle. Situated in Southeast France (many a miles south of Paris), the vineyard lands used by Val Joanis have been used for more than 2000 years! Holy Caesar's ghost Batman!

Okay, that's all I got. (Although I'd deduce that since it says "Syrah" on the front, this one is a blend that uses Syrah a.ka. Shiraz grapes. Okay, that's it.)

Fakey corked, it does feature a lovely peachy pink colour, and does coat the glass slightly when poured and slooshed around gleefully.

The nose, like its colour, is peachy, sweet, with a little zinginess; a very fresh, clean nose indeed. (Didn't that sound odd?)

The first thing one notices upon tasting is its dryness. And boy IT IS DRY. DRY DRY DRY. I found it to be a little sour, bitter, with only a tiny bit of zing and a slight minerality. I noted some tastes of dry fruits, peach, apricot, and some other red/white features which roses typically have.

Val Joanis' aftertaste featured more dryness, sourness, bitterness, the latter of which was quite noticeable in the aftertaste. The a-taste reminded me of Perrier water, so says my notes!

Sounds tempting huh? But in all seriousness, again, who knows, you may love it. I just don't happen to be a fan of dry wines, and this one, although featuring fruity notes, just didn't come through for me. Definitely pair this one with some richer foods, so that the dryness can balance out the food. On its own though...meh. Have some water standing by!

**1/4 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$14.95 (US$14.13).

From LCBO.com:

CHATEAU VAL JOANIS TRADITION SYRAH ROSE 2009, 750 mL bottle
LCBO/Vintages #707281
Wine, Rose Wine
13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: D
Made in: Provence, France
By: Chancel Family, Prop.-Recolt.

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