Oh dear, this is not turning out to be a good year for the pink stuff. Quite a few bottles, all of them disappointing. Details below.
La Riviera Rosé (2016) Cotes de Provence, France – $13
Color: pale rose gold.
Taste: medium body and clean, not much in the mid-palate, almost nothing on the finish. A quaffer at best.
Hecht & Bannier Rosé (2016) Cotes de Provence, France – $20
Color: medium pink.
Aroma: raspberry and strawberry.
Taste: tart fruit and a little stemmy. Also quite thin.
VieVité Rosé (2016) Cotes de Provence, France – $22
Color: light pink to copper.
Taste: thin again. There’s just nothing there. Very disappointing.
Aime Roquesanté Rosé (2016) Cotes de Provence, France – $14
Color: rose gold.
Aroma: berries and floral.
Taste: Decent up front, with medium berry fruit, then fades quite quickly. No length at all.
Louis Jadot Rosé (2016) Coteaux Bourguignons, France – $15
Color: pale copper.
Aroma: quite closed – I get nothing from this, even as it warms up.
Taste: Again, no length. There’s almost nothing in this glass but acidity and alcohol.
El Coto Rosé (2015) Rioja, Spain – $14
A prior year, which is par for the course for Rioja. Let’s see if a change of vintage does anything.
Color: orange-copper-pink; the darkest of the bunch.
Aroma: muscat and orange peel – quite unusual.
Taste: tight and slightly tannic red fruit. A little body but still nothing great.
All six of these wines are disappointing – I can’t recommend any of them. The only two I’d drink again, even if they were free, would be the El Coto from Spain and La Riviera from France. The 20-dollar bottles are especially disappointing.