JoieFarm 2009 Rosé - 88pts
Availability: Direct from winery. Private wine shops like Marquis Cellars.
Cost: $21 (winery website), $27 (Marquis).
Date Tasted: April 17th, 2010
Tasting Notes: The colour reminds me, nostalgically, of raspberry Jello. Aided, I'm sure, by the raspberry seed and strawberry puree aromas on the nose. Made, primarily, of Pinot Noir and Gamay (42% and 33% respectively) with the balance being 15% Pinot Meunier and 10% Pinot Gris. This is another blending masterstroke by winemaker Heidi Noble with classic Pinot Noir aromas and Beaujolais spice and liveliness from the Gamay.
Solid fruit concentration on the palate with slightly effervescent citrus acidity makes for a bright, refreshing drinking experience. A touch of tannic astringency rounds out the texture and fills-out the body. This is refined sangria in a bottle, that will pair nicely with many foods.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010