Bottega Vino dei Poeti Rosé Brut

LCBO#: 277202
Price: $14.95
Made in: Italy
By: Bottega SPA

An inexpensive Italian Bubbly that is very light pink in colour. The aromas are sweet with some citrus notes. Kind of like Sprite or 7up, but with hints of strawberries. The taste is not as sweet as expected, with some sourness at first with a dry middle and some mild strawberry in the finish. Alcohol is felt as well. Mild yeast lingers on the tongue with some light tart and nuts. Decent overall for the price.

Rating: 3.4/5

Viticoltori Acquesi Brachetto d’Acqui

imageLCBO#: 375667
Price: $12.90
Made in: Piedmont, Italy
By: MGM Mondo Del Vino S.R.L.

This Italian Sparkling Rosé is a low alcohol one at 6.5%, so this mean this will be a sweet one. The first big smell that comes out of this is red wine vinegar. This calms down after breathing letting the prune, apples and other berries show up. These same fruits are found in the taste. The good thing here is that the sweetness does not linger, as in not syrupy. The finish is pretty quick, so the fruit seems real, not like a cheap one with sugars. If you are into these sweet bubbly rosé, this one is actually nice… especially for the price.

Rating: 3.1/5

Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvée Rosé

imageLCBO#: 280172
Price: $21.95
Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand
By: Oyster Bay Wines

This Sparkling Rosé from New Zealand has a very light pink colour. Lots of yeasty aromas at first with mild berries. The taste is similar with the light raspberry and strawberry notes. Yeast lingers in the aftertaste. Not too sweet and a good dryness in the mouthfeel. The yeast eventually disappears in the nose, and sugar and vanilla appear. A good dry sparkling with the hints of berry sweetness.

Rating: 4.1/5

Cono Sur Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé

imageLCBO#: 365205
Price: $13.90
Made in: Pirque, Chile
By: Vina Tocornal

This Chilean Sparkling Rose is made 100% of Pinot Noir. It does not seem to have much carbonation, from the cap popping to the bigger bubbles in the wine. Mild berry aromas with some sourness and sweetness, but yes, mild overall. The taste starts off sweet with honey notes and some light sourness and dryness. The yeast is pretty well hidden, maybe affecting the carbonation, but some is felt when gases are released. Again, like most Cono Sur products, inexpensive and quite easy to drink. Nothing fancy, but nothing bad for the price.

Rating: 3.2/5

Beringer White Merlot 2013

imageTotal Wine #: 92377750
Price: $4.49 (US)
Made in: California, USA
By: Beringer Vineyards

Celebrating Christmas with this one the was brought back from the States. Mild berry scent with light sweetness and hints of sourness. The taste is a little stronger. Strawberry notes with very light dryness/bitterness in the finish. Pretty nice easy rose to have among friends.

Rating: N/A

Apothic Rose

Everything Wine#: 691535
Price: unknown
Made in: California, USA
By: E. & J. Gallo Winery
Year: 2012

This limited release was purchased on our trip to Maine. Pours a clean pink-red colour. Sour aromas over the berries. Easy drinking with balanced mild dryness, sourness, fruitiness and sweetness. No vanilla like their other two wines tried (red and wine). Nice, but not a real rosé. Was awesome to try a limited Apothic wine, but would not have again. Their best label yet. P.S. Looks like this is no longer available when searching for it in 2016.

Rating: 3.2/5

Château des Charmes Sparkling Rosé 2011

imageLCBO#: 78055
Price: $28.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Chateau Des Charmes

Beautiful light pink colour, this Ontario Rosé pulls out aromas of yeast over the watered berries. The taste is a little more on the sweet side, then dry. The mouthfeel is thankfully not as syrupy as expected from the flavours. The mild dry finish does help. It is always nice to try a wine from a vineyards we have visited before. Good, but a little on the pricy side for what it is.

Rating: 3.7/5