Thursday, June 4, 2009

La Ferme Julien Rosé - a review

I've been on a bit of a Rosé kick now that summer is approaching. During my many trips to Napa this spring so far, the variety seems to be the casual drinking wine of choice. And why not! Once you get over yourself that the drink is pink; Rosé is usually inexpensive, refreshing when served cool, and pleasing to most palates.

The problem is that not a lot of wineries produce a Rosé, and even fewer stores (at least in San Francisco) seem to stock them. I don't think everyone has yet heard the news about Rosé wines being IN. I was in Trader Joe's in SF and saw 1 Rosé variety stocked (ONE!). So I decided to try it.

It was the La Ferme Julien Rosé 2007. First thing I noticed was the super cool label. I don't know why exactly, but I like the goat. Score 1 point. The price was $4.99 (wow, cheap! Recession proof!). I know that price is not always an indicator of quality, but I am still skeptical of any wine for under 5 bucks. It's screw top too, which I am also not a huge fan of (even though I do understand the benefits of a screw top, I still am not completely over the hump in accepting it). La Ferme Julien proved me wrong though!

This wine was quite good! Not too sweet, well balanced, pleasant aroma. Serve slightly chilled but not too cold. Serve before dinner, with some cheese/crackers, while BBQ-ing, or if some friends pop over late afternoon. I wouldn't recommend it with a meal really, felt it was more of a casual drinker.

Definitely going back to get a few more bottles. Should fit almost any one's budget.

To read more reviews about Trader Joe's wines, head over to this blog.

1 comment:

  1. I just checked out your Murphy-Goode video. I think I've hit all your fail items in college....except for the cat. I have a dog. She enjoys a few licks of a nice Pinot Grigio...any day.

    Good luck!