Monday, September 04, 2006

La Vieille Ferme Rose 2005 wine review by (PB)

In my quest for nice rose’s I have been buying most of what I have seen and amazingly have not been disappointed with the overall quality of this long forsaken wine–forsaken by me! Rose’s over the years became snared into the “soda-pop” wine craze having the same quality as white zinfandel–yuck.

But there is a resurgence of this uncomplicated wine and they are really surprising. This one is a huge surprise and a super value.

La Vieille Ferme produces a red and a white wine both of which have been reviewed on this blog. They are all marketed at the same price point which is usually under $6! They are from the under appreciated region of Southern France that has been producing barrel after barrel of bargain wines with character. But this rose is amazing.

It is, of course, pale, pale watermelon red on the pour but the bouquet is fabulous. It is just brimming with wonderful fruit aromas which I can’t even pin down. It is just a pleasant, sweet smelling fresh fruit kind of blend between strawberry and raspberry and I don’t know what else but I love it!

I expected the palate to be disappointing as often happens with really inexpensive wines that seem to give their all to the bouquet but this wine is as amazing in the mouth. It is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah from the Cotes Du Ventoux and yields it all on the paltate.

It is NOT sweet even though it smells sweet and has a great structure of acid and full flavors of fresh summer fruit. With this kind of structure, it will pair with a variety of appetizers or light main courses or is nice all by itself. I paid $5.79 for this wine and will be buying more. It has been a long time since I added a “Recommended wine” to our list but this one is definitely head there. Raise a glass and just say, AHHHHHHHHHHHH!


Wine and Design Guy said...

If you like LVF Rose's style, you might want to try out Marques de Caceres Rose. I'm pretty sure that it's a grenache/tempranillo. Like LVF, it's got a very nice nose but its a little pricier. I've seen it at about $7

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip. Actually, I picked that very wine up the same day as the LVF but I haven't had it yet. Thanks again. (PB)