Pink wine has a reputation for being soft and sweet and less assertive than other table wines, but this doesn't have to be true, especially for rosé. In fact, it's usually blush wines that are sweet, and they can be made by blending a small amount of red wine into a white base and adding sugar.
Not so with rosé! It must be made with 100% red grapes, lightly macerated and quickly pressed. It's this treatment that gives robust and dry French rosé ripe, juicy flavors of strawberry, raspberry and citrus, with aromas of melon and strawberry leading to a crisp finish with a tiny touch of spiciness.
Serve lightly chilled with Southern-style barbecue, shellfish (especially bouillabaisse or cioppino) or soft cheeses and fruit.
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One of my wife's favorites 6th time around.
Just getting ready to bottle the Rose’, took a taste at the 3rd racking and was fine. Have used the RJS French Rose’ before with a few tweaks like adding a bit of Grapefruit or Lemon zest. Has always produced a good drinking wine wether tweaked or as per the instructions.
This is my third time for this rose and the first two were very good. The procedures have been slightly different each time. It is a dry rose with a nice pink color.
My wife and I made 2 of these kits in March of 2020, with the plan of kegging them and force carbing to drink on the patio with friends this summer. Obviously, that plan won’t be fully realized. We just sampled the wine (July 12, 2020) and it is surprisingly good. One of the kits has a very slight hint of volatile acidity/ phenolic notes. I think with more aging that will pass. They both have a strong strawberry profile, a very slight hint of breadyness, some stone fruit, and a bit of bubble gum on the nose.
I’ve never made a box kit before, I’ve only done this with whole fruit. I’m surprised at how easy and repeatable using a kit seems to be (and how much time is saved by not harvesting, sorting, stemming, crushing, and pressing)
We will make more, and try aging some 12-18 months.
it tastes almost like a wonderful rosé I had in Provence. I'm ho p in as it matures it will be even better.