I have some good news for you, rosé is an all year beverage and not just the exclusive property of summer. So even though Labor Day has come and gone, keep buying it! The La Promenade 2014 Rosé is a good candidate for the $10 and under rosé club. It’s available right now at Trader Joes and I encourage you to give it a try with your late summer grilling.
The La Promenade 2014 Rosé comes in at 12.5% ABV. This wine is a blend of syrah, cinsault, grenache, and carignan. We chilled the wine and kept it at serving temperature with a Corkcicle. We used stemless wine glasses for tasting. When opening the bottle there was a delicate aroma of strawberry present. The wine is a beautiful salmon color when poured.
The La Promenade 2014 Rosé has a lightly to moderately perfumed nose of strawberry, lemon, and minerals. You get hints of cream, bread, and lychee as background scents. The palate is similar with the addition of grapefruit, tangerine, and red currants with hints of white florals. The finish is surprisingly long. There is an interesting earthy quality in the finish I can’t put my finger on. The finish also brings in the white floral note and the minerals with a hint of citrus rind. It’s got very high acid, but it’s not undrinkable. It’s light and dry. I’d pair it with BBQ pork, roasted pork belly, or high-fat charcuterie.
So how does the La Promenade 2014 Rosé rate in my book? I’d give it an 87 point rating. I’ve had it twice now so I feel good about that score. My husband gave it an 86 on his first try and an 89 on his second try without being told it was different. I think I may have chilled the wine a little longer the second time. In terms of flavor, it’s in the Miraval (which is $20 more expensive) and Villa territory, but not quite as good as either for sipping due to the much more noticeable acid. Once again, paired with fatty food it’s very nice for the price.
Have you tried La Promenade 2014 Rosé? Let us know how you like it!