*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Windsor Vineyards as I search for a Rosé that I like.

It was a hot day when I uncorked this Rosé the 2010 Windsor Vineyards, Alexander Valley Rosé of Merlot and I must say, it was quite refreshing.  I was surprised at the dark strawberry color of the wine.  Almost a Pinot Noir like.

The nose was filled with earth and cigar some kir and hints of raspberry and bit of citrus hiding in all that.  I often find with wines that are chilled you have to enjoy the aroma at different points in time to receive the full notes of what is in the bouquet as I did with this wine.

On the palate I tasted cranberry and jamming strawberry.  This is a very fruity wine with a long lingering strawberry finish.  When I say long and lingering, I still had the strawberry finish on my palate after 5 minutes.  I’m not complaining, but after I finished the glass, I was cooking dinner and still had flavors of strawberry still lingering in my mouth.

This wine retails for $14.

While this Rosé was nice, I did enjoy it, but I am still waiting for the WOW factor.