I’ll be posting a number of tasting comparisons over the next 2 weeks, reviewing our options for summer rosé. Today’s review is four from Trader Joe’s: two Chilean, one Spanish, and one from California. These are all wines that are exclusive to Trader Joe’s.
Loma Negra Rosé (2016) Valle Central, Chile – $5
Color: very pale gris-style rosé.
Aroma: tart cherry and berry notes.
Taste: light, mostly berries and a touch of sweetness. Not much there at all.
Vinas Chilenas Rosario Estate Rosé (2016) Valle Central, Chile – $4
Aroma: strawberry and a little yeast on the nose.
Taste: strawberry and raspberry, a little fuller than the Loma Negra. Short finish.
La Granja 360 Garnacha Rosé (2015) Carninena, Spain – $5
I highly recommend a number of the La Granja reds; they are really good pork-chop-and-hamburger wines, and you can’t beat the price. Let’s see how the rosé fares.
Color: dark pink and copper.
Aroma: the nose is quite faint – raspberry?
Taste: more tannic, Garnacha quality to this. Unfortunately, also a short finish.
VinTJs Pinot Noir Rose (2016) Arroyo Grande Valley, California – $9
Color: darkest, a solid pinkish-red.
Aroma: sweetish, with dark fruit and strawberry.
Taste: a fruity style of Pinot, with lots of strawberry. Decent body and length of finish, finally.
Overall, a pretty disappointing bunch. The first three are all Not Recommended – the VinTJs is good enough, but nothing special.