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Candor NV Rosé

CandorRoseBottleIf it’s 80 plus degrees out and it’s Saturday night, I must be buying a bottle of Rosé. 

This one came into Temptations last week and was only $11.99 retail, so I knew I wanted to get a bottle and write about it on the blog. And since it was Saturday, it was kind of required.  See above.

Notice it’s “NV,” which means “non-vintage,” i.e., wine made from a blend of grapes from two or more vintage years (“vintage” refers to the year the grapes were actually harvested).  So if a wine has a vintage year on the label, and most still wines do, that means all the grapes were harvested in that year.

This is something I didn’t know when I first became interested in wine oh-so-many-years-ago, and I know it’s something a lot of my wine-loving friends don’t know, so there ya go. A little piece of wine intelligence from me to you, to add to your wine knowledge bank.

This value-priced California Rosé (around $11.99 retail) is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and a small amount of Merlot. Appellation, California; grapes sourced from vineyards across Paso Robles and Monterey County; abv, 14.5 %.

Given that blend of grapes, I was expecting some real there there.  It did have a nice spice element on the finish, and I sensed some minerality on the nose, but not what you’d expect from a good Rosé.  Overall I found this wine disappointing. 

(So you know if you’ve read this blog for any length of time, I don’t “review” wines – I don’t call myself qualified to do that – I share my impressions from a long-time passionate wine lover and service industry worker perspective. So as always, that’s what I’ll do here.)

I found the wine a touch sweet and cloying.  I have no idea the amount of residual sugar here, but that’s the impression I was left with.  Also, a shocking lack of acidity, given this is a Rosé, and Rosés are known for their acidity and crispness, which is one of the things that makes them so stellar with food.  What you want from a Rosé is both crisp acidity and some minerality, which was also lacking here.

The next night when I poured myself a glass, all the nicer elements from Saturday night’s tasting were gone – completely.  The wine was flat and dull.  It had the same quality that my best friend and I notice in certain people we know — it was as if it had had a “personectomy,” in other words, it’d had its personality removed. What little there was to start with.

I hope I’m not being too hard on this wine.  In an effort to gauge my impressions against those of others, I did some research, and found that one of my favorite go-to resources for honest, down-to-earth wine information, Wine Weirdos, said much the same about this wine.  Their take on it was that it had no acidity, no minerality, is super oaky, but not “fake oakey.”

(If you haven’t checked out Wine Weirdos, I recommend you do.  They are a couple of endearingly goofy guys who love wine and make charming wine review videos that you can learn a fair amount by watching.)

The good thing about dropping $12 bucks on a not-so-great wine like this one is, you’re only out $12, but you learned something useful in the process.  It is good to occasionally come across a disappointing wine, because then you have something to compare the better ones to.  All part of the wine adventure.  : )

Cheers!

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Kimberly Houston

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2 Responses to “Candor NV Rosé”

  1. Michael says:

    I love love LOVE rose season.

  2. Hey Michael!

    Me too — It’s my favorite time of year! I open my first one as soon as it’s 70 plus degrees out and drink them all the way til Fall. : )

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