This week marked the return of spring, which means Rosé Season is upon us. (Who am I kidding, Rosé season lasts all year in my house!) To celebrate the return of longer and warmer days, I picked up a Rose that was on sale at the LCBO.
The Wine: Cono Sur Pinot Noir Rosé Bicicleta
The Price: $9.95 (regularly $10.95)
The Grape: Pinot Noir
The Location: Chimbarongo, in Colchagua Valley, Chile
On the nose are notes of honey and Swedish Berries. The colour is a gorgeous pink - one that pairs perfectly with those vibrant spring sunsets I've been seeing lately out of my west-facing living room windows.
Red, ripe fruit and soft pink flowers dominate the palette on first sip. This Rose is already exceeding my expectations. Melon and kiwi come out as the wine warms and loosens up. There’s a lovely juicy freshness to this wine, and it has a lovely clean, dry finish.
Cono Sur makes good wine at a great price. They make higher-end wines (in the $30ish range) that I'd love to try as well. The name Cono Sur is a play on the word connoisseur. The winery and vineyards are sustainable – meaning they don’t use harsh chemicals in the vineyards. They make organic wines as well, and some are available at the LCBO.
This is a tart, zesty and well-rounded Rose. Wines don't need to be expensive to be enjoyed, and some cheap and cheerful wines can be delightful: they surprise you and exceed your expectations. Buying wine on sale – even if it’s only a dollar off like this wine, is a great way to try new wines.
I hope you give this one a try and as always – happy wining!