I wasn't a big fan of the very idea of rose wines back in the day (whatever "back in the day" means)...they just seemed...too pink?
But tickle me that very colour, many of these wines have proven to be quite enjoyable, packing the freshness of whites with the depth of reds. Or something along those wines. Erm lines.
Wine time you say? I say, "Oh heck yes!"
First however, for your benefit and mine, you should know that my good friend, the back of the bottle, has informed me that this is - like the previous red I reviewed from Menage - is a tri-blend of varietals: Merlot, Syrah, and Gewurztraminer (which I'm pretty sure is German...just guessing, ya know. Oh and it's the white wine grape which mixes with the others).
Naturally corked, this rose - like 99.999% of its brethren - has a light red/rose pink colour, and upon slooshing around the glass, leaves a light coating that slowly drizzles downwards not unlike annoying rain that occurs only on weekends.
The nose features a nice medium punch, which is a little crisp, with definite freshness and body. Citrus notes were observed (although our friends at lcbo.com have a plethora of different nose/tasting notes which are likely more correct than my simple unscientific observational powers).
The taste was noticeably sweet, and fresh, and fairly light. There was a little bite to this wine, and even some tartness. It featured fruity tastes, with some berry, and once more, citrus. The aftertaste continued these pleasing flavours even more so.
The fine folks at Folie a Deux continue their equally fine work with this rose: sweetness which compensates for any tartness this wine has, with a crisp, full flavour that won't leave you wanting for more.
***1/4 out of 4
Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$17.95 (US$17.34).
FOLIE A DEUX MENAGE A TROIS ROSE 2009, 750 mL bottle
Wine, Rose Wine
Sugar Content: MD
Made in: California, United States
By: Sutter Home Winery