My husband and I love Rosé all year but it’s especially appealing in the summer. When he was home for his all to brief stay we decided to pick up a few at Trader Joe’s to compare them. We’d tried the Josefina before but the 2012 year (pretty good) and the 2013 year (not so good) but we had yet to try the 2014 year. The label has changed since the 2012 vintage into a more vibrant eye catcher as well.
The Josefina 2014 Rosé will run you about $5 and the ABV is 12.5%. The grapes are 100% Syrah for Pasa Robles which leads to some big flavors. The wine is made in the Sangiée method and steel tank fermented. I chilled the wine down to 45 degrees but it showed fine even as it warmed up a bit. If it’s overly hot out, you’ll need a Corkcicle or ice bucket. I used standard stemless white wine glasses for tasting. When the bottle was opened we got a jolt of red fruit filling the kitchen. The wine is a vivid deep pink.
Josefina 2014 Rosé has a moderately perfumed nose once it’s poured. The nose has clear notes of strawberry, raspberry, watermelon, grapefruit, and just a hint of rose. It tastes just like it smells with lip-smacking acidity and an unrivaled juiciness. The finish is moderate in length with drier crisper flavors of citrus peel, minerals, dried fruits, and the ever present hint of rose.
Needless to say, this is a winner. It’s a perfect starter Rosé. It’s dry but not bone dry. I love it by itself and it does pair well with food though it can be a little overpowering for delicate dishes. It’s good porch and backyard BBQ choice, though. I plan on buying several more bottles this summer. My husband was thrilled with it but agreed it was far too “glugable” to have multiple bottles in the fridge. Needless to say, it’s a crowd pleaser that will disappear quickly at you next gathering but at $5 a bottle you can afford to be generous. I give this one 87 points and it’s a summer must try.
Have you tried the Josefina 2014 Rosé? If so let us know what you thought!