Final take on 2020’s crop of Kosher roses – 2 QPR Winners, but overall not great

Kosher 2019 Roses charted by price and wine score (QPR)

So, as the image above shows roses are very expensive and the majority of the 28 of the 55 are at or above the median price of 23. This is not new, IMHO, roses overall have not been good or even very interesting this season.

Please read this post for my writeup on rose wines this year. I had a few follow-ups after that, including the one post with the QPR Rose for 2020, but this post will list all the rose wines I have had this year. Also, as I tasted more wines the price of the median went up and that allowed the Roubine La Vie to also become a QPR Winner. Again, the MARKET decides the QPR winners, not me! All I decide is the wine’s subjective quality score, and yes, that is subjective! The rest, the P part of QPR (Quality to Price Ratio) is decided upon by the market. Please read my revised QPR scoring here.

The image does not show the 2 QPR Winners as obvious winners, as the dot that represents the Carmel Rose and the Roubine La Vie Rose is on the top left of the winner box. These wines barely made their way into the Winner’s square, but with such a horrible vintage, rose-wise, 2 is better than NONE.

In regards to rose, look a lot of my friends and I do not agree. Look at the Cantina Giuliano Rosato, it is a VERy nice and classically made Gris style rose, but it has a bit of RS (Residual Sugar) in it, at least to my palate, and I have issues with that. Other wines that have more RS drive me nuts. My friends do not care about RS or ripe notes in rose as long as it is balanced. To me, rose, red, or white, I DO NOT want RS. The funny thing is that Kedel Jackson probably got away with1% RS in his Chardonnays for decades, and made it the classic style for Cali Chard, which brought on the famous ABC movement (Anything But Chardonnay). Which spawned Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and so many other great white wines here in California.

So, yes, there are two winners now, and there are a few 91 scored roses, but please look at the chart!! LOL! It is visually clear that the vast majority of the wines are not something I would look to buy. They are either too expensive or not interesting and that is what has gone wrong with the kosher rose market. Again, I have said it a few times, IMHO, the wineries have thrown in the towel and they make rose thinking it will sell, no matter what they release. This will eventually end badly. Only time will tell.

As stated there are a few very nice wines, even if they are more expensive than 23 dollars, like the 2019 Teperberg Rose, Essense, the 2019 Herzog Tasting Room Rose, Pinot Noir, and the two aforementioned wines. There are also a few 90 scored wines, but after that, there are 43 of the 55 wines that have scored lower than a 90, which makes them uninteresting to me, as I state here on my scoring process.

So, this will be a wrap for me in regards to rose wines. Again, many did not make it here and my inability to travel makes this year a lighter year in regards to rose wines tasted. Still, since 2019 has been such a massive dud, I am not crying about it.

The wine note follows below – the explanation of my “scores” can be found here and the explanation for QPR scores can be found here:

2019 Hajdu Rose – Score: 90+ (QPR: EVEN)
The 2019 Rose market has been so weak, it is nice to see Jonathan Hajdu and the Shirah brothers picking up the slack with their 2019 Roses, even if the QPR score is not as good as I would have wished for.
The nose on this wine is classic Cali rose notes, bright, sweet, ripe, yet well-balanced notes of blueberry, yes blue fruit, followed, by pomegranate, with raspberry, and sweet plum notes, this sounds riper/sweeter than I like, but it is more tart fruit than it is ripe fruit. The mouth on this medium-bodied plus rose is really fun, truly tart, refreshing, with great acidity, along with balanced sweet fruit, of blue fruit, tart strawberry, raspberry, grapefruit, sweet/tart collage of nice plum, strawberry, sweet and tart strawberry, and really tart red peach. The finish is long, sweet, tart, with nice mineral, body, freshness, and refreshing qualities that are truly a lovely summer wine – Bravo!

2019 Shirah Rose – Score: 90 (QPR: GOOD)
This is a nice wine, and with my new QPR scoring even though it is more expensive than the median price for rose wine, it garner’s a quality score that is in the 2nd quintile, so the math says the QPR score is GOOD.
This rose is a blend of Grenache, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Franc, and Aglianico, using the Saignee method. The nose on this wine shows nice notes of peach, sweet and juicy strawberries and creme, along with cranberry, cotton candy, and vanilla, with a touch of heat, and rhubarb. The mouth on this light to medium-bodied wine is well balanced, with good enough acidity, showing little in complexity, but this is not a pure fruit bomb, it has acidity and pith to bring the wine around, with sweet notes of grapefruit and pomelo, with hints of orange, sweet orange pith, and flint. Drink now.

2019 Teperberg Rose, Essence – Score: 91 (QPR: GOOD)
This is a nice wine, and with my new QPR scoring even though it is more expensive than the median price for rose wine, it garner’s a quality score that is in the 2nd quintile, so the math says the QPR score is GOOD.
This is the best of the three roses with Grenache and Barbera. This wine is a blend of 45% Grenache Noir, 35% Mourvedre, and 20% Barbera. The nose on this wine is fruity, it has clear sweet notes of candied strawberry, and lychee, with bright melon, gooseberry, and passion fruit, with hints of white flowers. The mouth on this wine is a REAl winner, lovely acidity, the acid hits you like a ton of bricks upfront, though the finish, at this point, is a bit shallow, with clear and lovely notes of strawberries, rhubarb, loads of gooseberry, pink grapefruit, and lovely overall refreshing mouthfeel and a bright and easy-going freshness that has enough complexity for me to make this the best Israeli rose by far, that I have tasted this year. With time, the finish fills out and then you get lovely rocks, slate, saline, and more tart and bright red fruit, with flowers, and crazy lemon/lime lifesavers lingering long on the bright and floral finish. BRAVO!!!

2019 Five Stones Rose, D vs G – Score: 86 (QPR: BAD)
This is a wine that is just good enough, but with my new QPR scoring it is one quintile more expensive than the median rose price and it is not as good as the median score so that is why this wine gets a BAD on the QPR score.
The nose on this wine is fruity, too fruity for me, the fruit needs to be there, but when it is so obvious it feels like overkill, The wine is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. While I liked the 2019 white D vs G, the rose is not interesting to me.
The nose on this wine is fruity, showing clear sweet notes of candied plum, red fruit, and too much heat for me, at 13% ABV. The mouth on this light to medium-bodied wine is flat, not showing a lot, really lacking, there is a nice hit of acidity, but then it falls apart in the middle and disappears at the finish. The mouth is just acid and crazy fruity fruit, with candied and overly ripe strawberry, grapefruit, and melon, bummer. There are some refreshing notes if you like fruity wines to this extent. Drink now!

2019 Herzog Rose, Pinot Noir, Tasting Room Reserve – Score: 91 (QPR: GOOD)
This is truly a lovely wine but it is a bit more expensive than the Median. With my new QPR scoring, it is one quintile higher in price than the Median, however, it scores in the 2nd quintile, so that makes it a GOOD QPR score.
I have liked this version of their rose lineup for a long time now, yes it has oak, and yes it is a fuller-bodied wine, but it is also very enjoyable!
The nose on this wine is classical in its rose styling, with lovely dark strawberry notes, with lovely red fruit, and peach, with citrus, and sweet cedar. The mouth on this full-bodied rose, yes I wrote that is actually quite fun, the acidity is lovely, maybe their best acid showing in this wine so far, with crazy Kirche cherry, tart grapefruit, plum, and sweet notes of cedar, followed by saline, gooseberry acidity, and very tart pomegranate. The mouthfeel is tart, juicy, with great weight, but yes so very refreshing! The finish is long, tart, with lovely acidity, with sweet watermelon, hints of candied fruit, but really impressive precision with the acidity and refreshingness. Bravo!!! Drink now.

2019 Chateau Sainte Marguerite Rose – Score: 87 (QPR: POOR)
Sadly, this wine is right on the Median line for quality and it is more expensive than the median price, so this lands it as a POOR QPR wine.
Lovely nose with classic leanings for a Provence rose, showing lovely mineral, rosehip, citrus, gooseberry, classic ripe and juicy strawberry, and red fruit, but I am shocked by the ripeness/sweetness of the fruit on the nose and mouth. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine is ripe, and while there is a load of pith, it lacks the acidity to make this work, it has crazy pith and hints of tannin, the mouth shows sweet peach, apricot, guava, and strawberry, with lemon, and yet more pith. That is about it, mineral-wise it is loaded, but the lack of acid is really surprising, IMHO. In regards to my refreshing scale, this one is low, now acidity and the pith is more aggressive than it is balancing. Drink now.

2019 Carmel Rose, Appellation – Score: 91 (QPR: WINNER)
This wine is in the 2nd quintile of quality scoring and it is RIGHT on the median price line, so this wine SHOULD get a score of GREAT for QPR. However, it is ALSO the ONLY rose from the 2019 vintage, so far, that scored at least a 91, and that has a price that is at or below the median price line, so this wine gets the coveted score of WINNER for QPR. Bravo!!!
This wine is a blend of 65% Marselan and 35% Grenache. The nose on this wine is really fun, truly Provence in style, with loads of mineral, red forest berry, yellow flower, rosehip, citrus galore, and passion fruit. This is a fun and funky wine, I like how the Israeli Rhone varietals, used ina rose style wine, get funky in the right ways, with a lovely core of screaming acid, followed by luscious and tart strawberry, raspberry, currants, loads of rosehip, floral notes, with mineral, dirt, and crazy fun and refreshing acidity,  it may well be the best rose from Israel. The finish is crazy long, refreshing, with saline, slate galore, and pith to round out the attack. On the refreshing scale, this one is off the charts, showing the best so far maybe for 2019! Bravo!!! Drink Now

2019 Binyamina Rose, Grenache Barbera, Reserve – Score: 75 (QPR: NA)
This wine is a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Barbera. Let us start off by the fact that those two varietals do not belong together, at least not by any territory. In regards to this rose, it is up for debate. The nose on this wine is funky, and no, not like the funky aromas, I mean the aromas are all over the place, with sweet fruit, yet tart, with dark aromas, and also peach-like aromas, there is no clear approach of style here. Like I said, up for debate.
The nose on this wine is sweet, almost like it has some RS, with peach and apricot notes, followed by raspberry, and very ripe and maybe too-ripe strawberry, with floral notes, and almost a peach perfume. Ok, this mouth is not for me, sorry, the nose is maybe debatable, but this is really unbalanced, and the RS is really off-putting, throw on the oak, and goodbye. The mouth on this wine is unbalanced, it is really all over the place like a kindergarten kid hopped up on adrenaline and Adderall. Sure there is some fruit, loads of RS, and much of the nose’s fruit, along with Pineapple, and guava, essentially, not a wine for me, though the acid is OK. Drink now.

2019 Yatir Rose, Judean Hills – Score: 84 (QPR: BAD)
This is a wine that is honestly not even good enough, so with my new QPR scoring it is one quintile more expensive than the median rose price and it is not as good as the median score so that is why this wine gets a BAD on the QPR score.
This wine is a blend of 53% tempranillo and 47% Mourvedre. This wine does not work for me, sorry, first it has sweet, I mean really sweet notes, even if it comes in at 12.5% ABV, this wine is ripe! The nose on this wine is ripe, with over the top and fruit-forward notes of blackberry, raspberry, and mulberry, with nice floral notes. The mouth is OK with the acid, but right after the acid front, the mouth behind it is sweet, unbalanced, with currant, mulberry, and black fruit, that is really not put together. The finish is ripe and it does not work. Drink Now.

2019 1848 Rose, 2nd Generation – Score: 78 (QPR: NA)
This is the 2nd blend of Grenache and Barbera of the tasting and the third from Israel, with the lovely Tepperberg also using that blend. This one is a blend of 85% Grenach and 15% Barbera.
The nose on this wine is far more put together than the Binyamina but not nearly as good as the Teperberg. The nose shows notes of mineral, red forest berry, and floral notes, the noes is less expressive than I would have liked. The mouth though is highly expressive and once again, this blend reminds me of a hopped kindergarten child, it is a mess. It has more acidity than the Binyamina and a bit of funk, the acid is really intense, but wow, this is all over the place and no, it is not refreshing. It is a hard pass.

2019 Pacifica Rose – Score: 89 (QPR: GREAT)
This is a nice enough wine, but with my new QPR scoring it is still is not as expensive as the median and its score is also above the median, so it is a GREAT QPR, though not a wine I would run after. Still, for the heady prices of rose today, this is a solid buy if you like this kind of wine.
This may well be the highest scoring off-dry rose I have ever scored. The nose on this wine is sweet and IMHO it is the PERFECT sleeper agent rose to get people to like roses, it is super bright, well balanced, and respectful to both sides of the fence here.
The nose on this wine is ripe, and sweet, with nice pineapple, guava, and red fruit, followed by tart gooseberry, and lovely floral notes. The mouthfeel on this medium to full-bodied wine is lifted by the RS and sweetness, but it has crazy good acidity and the fruit and winemaking style respects the concept of rose, with lovely sweetness, followed by much of the fruit in the nose, along with crazy pineapple again, passion fruit, and intense grapefruit, and pith. The finish is long, sweet, and well done with sweet pomelo, and its citrus pith lingering long. Nice!

2019 Tulip White Franc – Score: 75 (QPR: NA)
I know, this is not an official rose, I get it, blanc de noir, I get it, but it looks rose, so in the rose list it goes, but sadly, rose or white, this wine misses the mark. Look at the 2019 Pacifica, which is off-dry but hits the mark well. This one is semi-sweet/off-dry, who cares, it is just off.
This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Sauvignon Blanc. This wine tastes like they tried to pair sweet Cabernet Franc fruit with dry Sauvignon Blanc fruit, and for me, it is once again a crazed kindergarten child running all over the place. No focus and no approach. The nose on this wine shows intense fruity and sweet aromas with pineapple, guava, and gooseberry in the background, followed by flint, and pear. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine is indeed all over, with sweet and tart fruit trying to meld together, but all I get is the sweet pear and apple with the pineapple fighting horribly with tart gooseberry and apple. Sorry, this one does not work.

2019 Dalton Rose, Alma Coral – Score: 86 (QPR: EVEN)
This wine is below the Median line for quality and it is below the median price, so this lands an EVEN QPR score.
The nose on this wine is nice enough with red and white fruit, showing some citrus, with floral notes, and hay. The mouth on this wine is boring, with no acid, a little fruit, and some mineral. Bummer. Drink now.

2019 Jerusalem Hills Rose – Score: NA (Mevushal) (QPR: NA)
This wine is a rose from Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose on this wine is sweet and cooked rosehip, followed by cooked strawberry, sweet cherry, and candied and sweet fruit galore. This wine may win the award for the worst rose from 2019, it is pure evil, there is nothing but cooked cherry compote and residual sugar sweetness. There is some acidity, but the wine is painful.

2019 Hagafen Don Ernesto Beret Rose – Score: 89 (QPR: POOR)
While this wine is nice enough it is two quintiles higher in price than the median and as such even with a quality score higher than the median the price pulls it down to a POOR QPR score.
This wine is a rose of Syrah. The nose on this wine is lovely, showing bright yet ripe fruit, with good strawberry, somewhat dull pear, melon, and jasmine flowers, with a compote of rhubarb. The mouth on this medium-bodied rose has a nice weight and enough acidity, but again I wish it had more, with a lovely pith and sweet fruit mouthfeel, that is still refreshing with jasmine, strawberry/raspberry compote, followed by candied grapefruit, and tart melon. The finish is long, sweet, with red fruit, dried flower petals, and rosehip, and sweet red fruit. Nice. Drink Now.

2019 Domaine Netofa Rosado, Latour – Score: 90 (QPR: GOOD)
This is a nice wine, and with my new QPR scoring even though it is more expensive than the median price for rose wine, it garner’s a quality score that is in the 2nd quintile, so the math says the QPR score is GOOD.
This wine is made from 100% Tempranillo grapes. This wine needs a bit of time to open up, I recommend opening this wine an hour before enjoying.
The nose on this wine shows ripe strawberry and saline, with some green notes, nice pink grapefruit, floral notes, and red fruit. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine has some nice weight and good salinity and with lovely ripe strawberry, raspberry, with good rhubarb, with lovely nice green notes, grapefruit acidity, with lovely lemon and slate galore. The finish is green, sweet, and very clean lines, refreshing yet lacking the fruit focus and complexity I expect and the finish is a bit short. Drink now!

2019 Domaine Netofa Rose – Score: 89 (QPR: GREAT)
This wine is above the median quality score and it is below the median price line, so this wine gets a score of GREAT for QPR.
This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre. Again, I think this Netofa Rose also needs some time to open, please give this wine a solid hour of air before enjoying, yes a strange thing, but the USA version needs that time (I cannot speak for the Israeli version). This wine took a bit of time to grow on me and that is good news, I think, as maybe this wine will not die over the summer as it normally does (I heard u, Ez).
Eben with time, the nose seems muddled but it is really just not there, it can be excited with absurd shaking, but even then it blows off in a second, the nose is this wine’s weakness. The nose shows muted with notes of candied cherry, dried strawberry, dry rosehip, and rhubarb. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine is also muted, it is not the fruit bomb, but it is very well made, controlled, with wonderful acidity, clear strawberry, tart grapefruit, green notes, tart cherry, raspberry, and more floral notes, with acidity sourced from the grapefruit/lime tartness. The finish is long, very tart, refreshing, and IMHO fun, still its weakness is its lack of fruit vibrancy and the muted nose. Drink now.

2019 Nadiv Rose – Score: 82 (QPR: POOR)
Sadly, this wine is in the 2nd worst quintile for quality and it is less expensive than the median price, so this lands it as a POOR QPR wine.
This wine is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Viognier, another of the horses mixed with white wine, sadly, it did not help. Another disaster from the Israeli 2019 rose camp. The nose has rhubarb and dirty socks, and really not much else just muted socks and some fruit. The mouth on this light to medium-bodied wine has little to no acidity and has barely any refreshing feelings to the wine. Overall, the wine is boring and while I had hoped, it left me wishing for so much more. Drink now if you must.

2019 Ella Valley Rose, EverRose – Score: 70 (Mevushal) (QPR: NA)
This wine is below the median for price and one of the lowest in quality, but it is below the drinking score, so it gets an NA score for QPR.
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Petit Sirah, and 10% Merlot. The nose on this wine is sweet but its true flaw is not obvious on the nose, the nose is almost OK, it has issues with balance, showing ripe grapefruit, but fighting with green notes and strawberry, and clumps of sugar in the background. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine is where things go really wrong, this wine is not a dry wine, it has very clear residual sugar and it is muddled with cooked notes and overripe fruit, showing grapefruit, sweet notes, ripe yellow apple, with crazy ripe notes of jasmine and yellow flowers that actually make the wine taste very sweet, with clear over candied guava. The finish is long, sweet, and not very refreshing. There are some who will like this as some like the Tura, I am not one of them.

2019 Ramon Cardova Rosado – Score: 60 (Mevushal) (QPR: NA)
This wine is less expensive than the median price and one of the lowest in quality, but it is below the drinking score, so it gets an NA score for QPR.
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Viura. The nose on this wine starts off and it does not get much better from there. The glass smells strange and the mouth is not much better, it smells like rotten eggs and really not enjoyable. The mouth on this light to medium-bodied wine is really not fun, it tastes like cooked rhubarb and while it has acidity, there is really not much else.

2019 Covenant Rose, Red C – Score: 88 (QPR: POOR)
While this wine is nice enough it is two quintiles higher in price than the median and as such even with a quality score higher than the median the price pulls it down to a POOR QPR score.
The nose on this wine is dry but it is ripe, there is nowhere to hide from the sweet citrus, darker red fruit, and almost candy corn notes. The mouth is dry, but the fruit is sweet, with dark cherry, kirsch in nature, with strawberry, sweet pomelo, and watermelon, and tart notes from the tart raspberry that helps to pick up the rounder mouth. The finish is long, red, and tart with sweet notes, slate lingering long.

2019 Domaine du Castel Rose de Castel – Score: 88 (QPR: POOR)
While this wine is nice enough it is two quintiles higher in price than the median and as such even with a quality score higher than the median the price pulls it down to a POOR QPR score.
Finally a rose I want to smell. The nose on this wine is a mineral joy, pure and lovely with refreshing and bright fruit, tart red and citrus, with mineral, slate, saline, with loads of floral notes like rosehip and yellow flowers, lovely. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine does show some sweet notes, it grows stronger with time, and the acidity falls off, with tart raspberry, pink grapefruit, gooseberry, and yummy sweet and juicy strawberry. The finish is long, tart, and refreshing and it does pass the “I want more” test, with nice slate, floral notes, yellow flowers, and saline, with white tea. To me, this is a wine that is nice enough at opening but not long for this world or even at this time.

2019 Jezreel Valley Winery Natural, Pet Nat Rose – Score: 70 (QPR: NA)
This wine is at the highest quintile in price and one of the lowest in quality, but it is below the drinking score, so it gets an NA score for QPR.
The color is a shocking bright neon pink almost crimson, with light touches around the side, the color really does not normally interest me unless a wine is bricking, but this color is truly attention-grabbing. The wine is made of 100% Carignan. Where the dalton Pet Nat is at least a nice enough wine at a crazy expensive price, this is literally candied cherry and bubble gum wine, with watermelon, and more candied fruit, the structure is all over the place and the fruit is so absurd without the needed acidity. Sad. Again, another wine that is absurdly expensive and not even of good value. Move on.

2019 Flam Rose – Score: 84 (QPR: BAD)
This wine is at the highest quintile in price and it is lower than the median score, so it gets a score of BAD for QPR.
The wine is a blend of 74% Syrah, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Malbec. The nose on this wine shows strawberry and creme, with tart and sweet fruit notes. Again, this is the second time I am having this wine, and it is still not better, still too ripe, it lacks the acidity, much akin to the Gush Etzion, but it is just fruit, and there is little else to grab your attention. Not refreshing enough to pass the “I want more test.

2019 Covenant Rose, Blue C – Score: 80 (QPR: BAD)
This is a wine that started off nice enough but then fell apart and even then it was oxidized, but with my new QPR scoring it is two quintiles more expensive than the median rose price and it is not as good as the median scores so that is why this wine gets a BAD on the QPR score.
The nose on this wine is ripe, with notes of papaya, juicy strawberry, but in the background are notes of oxidation and pomegranate. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine is ok, the acidity is incredible, actually a bit out of control, the balance is lacking, the sides of the mouth pucker with acidity, the mid-palate is not flabby as much as it is uni-dimensional, with more oxidized notes, showing little of interest just more ripe fruit, ripe strawberries, with grapefruit, and lemon in the background. The finish is medium in length with more ripe fruit, oxidized notes linger long with cooked notes, and little vibrancy. The wine seems to fall apart quickly. It started as a wine with insane and painful acidity, but it turns into a uni-dimensional wine after 20 minutes of being open. Drink NOW!

2019 Bat Shlomo Rose – Score: 90 to 91 (QPR: EVEN)
While this wine is nice enough it is two quintiles higher in price than the median and as such even with a quality score higher than the median it should have received a score of POOR for QPR, however, it is in the second quintile for quality as well. Therefore, it is dead even.
This wine reminds me of the good old days of Bat Shlomo when their rose and white wines were solid to very good, think 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and the 2014 Rose (even the 2015 vintage was not evil, 2016 is where the thing went very awry, I am happy to see a Bat Shlomo I like again).
This wine is 100% pure funk, a nose of funk, fruit, and very nice control, with loads of flint, and really lovely fruit in the background, with orange blossom, and hints of sweet yet bright clementines. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine has a good body, a solid fruit focus showing some sweet strawberry, tempered well with more mineral, rock, and flint, with lovely grapefruit acidity, lemon, and with clementines and sweet-tart marmalade. The finish is long, tart, yet balanced with sweetness, showing pith, hints of the sweet fruit, and more Orange blossom. Once more, this is a nice wine, but the price is absurdly high for the value. You can get a far better white wine for much less. Drink now!

2019 Tura Rose – Score: 70 (Mevushal) (QPR: NA)
This wine is super expensive and not of any interest to me, so NA.
This is an off-dry rose, IT IS NOT dry! When a wine label says it is dry and it has enough residual sugar that tastes like a would make a dentist take notice, IT IS NOT dry! This is a fruit bomb wine and I have ZERO interest in it. Yes, it made professionally, but it is not my cup of tea, not refreshing and far too sweet to be taken seriously, with little to no acidity to counter that much fruit juice. I know people, my good friend, who likes wine this way, but it is not my cup of tea, and it truly should say it is off-dry on the label. Move on!

2019 Domaine Herzberg Rose, Coteaux de Sitrya – Score: 84 (QPR: BAD)
Sadly, this wine is not as good as the Median score and it is more expensive than the median price, so this lands it as a BAD QPR wine.
Sadly, this rose has no acid and though the fruit is clean and proper, the lack of acid makes a low alcohol wine feel flat and flabby. Drink UP!

2019 Chateau Roubine, Cru Classe, Premium – Score: 90 (QPR: GOOD) (Mevushal)
Of the three Cotes de Provence wines that Royal imported, this one wants to be cold, but not fridge cold, this one wants to be more like 56 degrees or so, that way it shows its acidity best. This is the third or fourth time I have had this rose. Overall, the Royal French rose prices have gone up this year, bummer. Also, they made this mevushal this year.
This is a nice wine, and with my new QPR scoring, it is sadly expensive, higher than the median, however, it scores in the 2nd quintile, so that makes it a GOOD QPR score.
This wine is a bit better than previous vintages but nowhere near the 2015 vintage which is still the best ever. The nose on this wine is nice with loads of yellow blossoms, hints of jasmine, great mineral, and lovely classic notes of strawberry and cream, with green notes. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine is quite nice, it shows a good fruit focus, and lovely pith and acidity, but it is uni-dimensional in nature, with mineral, grapefruit, hints of orange, and melon in the far background, and green notes in the foreground with tart raspberry. The finish is a bit short as well, again the mouth searing acidity and pith make you almost miss the shortness, with lovely mineral, citrus, slate, and orange/grapefruit notes lingering long. Drink now.

2019 Goose Bay Pinot Noir Rose – Score: 70 (QPR: NA) (Mevushal)
This wine is too ripe for me. The nose is candied fruit, with a color that is too red for me. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine has little to no acidity, with tutti-fruity notes, cotton candy, and candied cherry and strawberry. Not my cup of tea.

2019 Shiloh Rose – Score: 75 (QPR: NA) (Mevushal)
This wine is expensive as it is above the median price and one of the lowest in quality, but it is below the drinking score, so it gets an NA score for QPR.
The wine is a blend of 70% Barbera and 30% Cabernet Franc. The nose on this wine is not as much cooked as it is just plain sweet, with sweet and ripe pomegranate and red fruit. The mouth on this wine does taste cooked, almost like cooked strawberry jam, with sweet Asian Pear, and plum, with some acidity, but again, it lacks the “I want more” test. It does show saline and slate on the finish.

2019 Matar Rose – Score: 86 (QPR: POOR)
Sadly, this wine is right on the Median line for quality and it is more expensive than the median price, so this lands it as a POOR QPR wine.
This wine is a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Counoise. The nose on this wine is nice showing ripe yet somewhat controlled strawberry and cream, with orange blossom floral notes. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine starts off nice but dies away quickly, the acidity is there to start but then it disappears, with strawberry, gooseberry, grapefruit, and lemongrass, that gives way to an almost plush mouthfeel. The finish is long, nice red fruit, orange hints, and flint, with almond pith. Drink now.

2019 Jezreel Rose – Score: 87 (QPR: EVEN)
This wine is right above the Median line for quality and it is more expensive than the median price, so this lands an EVEN QPR score.
This wine is a blend of 40% Carignan, 45% Syrah, and 15% Sauvignon Blanc. The nose on this wine is not complex, simple, with strawberry, floral notes (rosehip), and mineral notes. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine is ripe and sweet in nature, it is not overly sweet, and the acid is balanced, but there is too much sweetness for me, showing strawberry, watermelon, with pomegranate, grapefruit, and slate.

2019 Chateau Roubine Rose, La Vie – Score: 91 (QPR: WINNER)
This is a nice wine, and with my new QPR scoring even though it is more expensive than the median price for rose wine, it garner’s a quality score that is in the 2nd quintile, so the math says the QPR score is GOOD. Overall, the Royal French rose prices have gone up this year, bummer.
This is the third or fourth time I have had this rose and the first time I really had it with no noise around me, still, my score only moved a bit from the previous tastings. The nose is lovely with loads of mineral, pith, showing floral notes of yellow flowers with orange blossom, along with strawberries and cream, and red fruit. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine has a clear and present focus of acidity, with a lovely attack showing more focus and complexity, showing lovely tart and juicy strawberry, lemon, grapefruit, tart cherry, and crazy mineral. The finish is incredibly long with pith and rock, slate, and tart juicy fruit, and loads of acidity, wow!

2019 Gush Etzion Rose – Score: 87 (QPR: EVEN)
This wine is right above the Median line for quality and it is more expensive than the median price, so this lands an EVEN QPR score.
The wine is a blend of 49% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, and 21% Syrah. A classic GSM style Rose. The nose on this wine is tart and bright showing great control, with funk, straw, hay, followed by tart cherry, red fruit, and lovely citrus, and mineral. Sadly, the mouth is where the wine goes wrong, it has no acidity, it is not refreshing or bright, it lacks the “I want more” sentiment, with dry raspberry, rosehip, floral notes, and lemon. The finish is long and funky and if this had more acid it would be a huge winner.

2019 Psagot Rose – Score: 86 (QPR: EVEN)
This wine is the very definition of boring, not exciting, and not horrible, QPR wise, I mean. It is just the median price line and the quality line, so this lands an EVEN QPR score.
If you like cotton candy in your rose, this is for you. The nose is nice with notes of cotton candy, flint, raspberry, and sweet notes. The mouth is sweet with nice enough acidity, showing sweet strawberry and tart notes. Drink now!

2019 Cantina Giuliano Costa Rosato – Score: 90 to 91 (QPR: GREAT)
This wine is in the 2nd quintile of quality scoring and it is RIGHT on the Median price line, so this wine gets a GREAT score for QPR.
This wine is more a Gris than a rose and I really liked it. The nose on this wine is pure funk, mineral, and more funk, with blossom and almost no fruit other than apple. The mouth on this medium-bodied rose is lovely, showing great acidity, focus, no flaws, showing notes of strawberry, tart raspberry, with green apple and spice galore and saline. The finish is long, green, earthy, and flinty, with loads of rock and smoke. Bravo! Drink Now!

2019 Le Rose de Chateau Greysac – Score: 88 (QPR: GREAT)
This is a nice enough wine, but with my new QPR scoring it is still is not as expensive as the median and its score is also above the median, so it is a GREAT QPR, though not a wine I would run after. Still, for the heady prices of rose today, this is a solid buy if you like this kind of wine.
This wine is not a Saignee it is pressed grapes with a few hours on the lees. The wine is a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 14% Merlot. The nose on this wine is ripe, with candied cherry, raspberry, and almost plum-like notes with nice saline, mineral, and citrus. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine is ripe, it comes at you with good acidity but man the fruit is very present and not really controlled, yes, there is crazy acidity, but the fruit is ripe and feels out of balance even with that acidity, followed by clear plum fruit fighting with grapefruit, orange, and lemon, it is a bit off-kilter. The finish is super long, crazy acidic and tart, wow, with slate and mineral, but man the off-kilter fruit, and the acid fight each other. Drink now!

2019 Dalton Rose – Score: 88 (QPR: GREAT)
This is a nice enough wine, but with my new QPR scoring it is still is not as expensive as the median and its score is also above the median, so it is a GREAT QPR, though not a wine I would run after. Still, for the heady prices of rose today, this is a solid buy if you like this kind of wine.
This one showed less sweetness than the Psagot, but it is still very fruit-forward. The nose shows nice enough sweet notes with strawberry, raspberry, and sweet fruit, with bubblegum rounding out the notes. The mouth is sweet, too sweet, but balanced, too much bubblegum and sweet candied fruit. Drink now.

2019 Twin Suns Rose, Reserve – Score: 88 to 89 (QPR: GREAT)
This is a nice enough wine, but with my new QPR scoring it is still is not as expensive as the median and its score is also above the median, so it is a GREAT QPR, though not a wine I would run after. Still, for the heady prices of rose today, this is a solid buy if you like this kind of wine.
This wine is made from Graciano, a Spanish grape that grows in Califonia as well. The nose on this wine is tart, showing a great balance, with nice white blossom, with strawberry and cream, raspberry, nice herb, and loads of tart pear/Asian Pear in the background. The mouth on this lovely medium-bodied rose is a slight step behind last year’s success, showing some control, but it becomes watery too quickly, sweet strawberry, ripe raspberry, and a plush mouthfeel. The finish is long, sweet, ripe, yet balanced enough, with sweet red fruit, tart pear, hints of citrus, and flint. Drink now.

2019 Les Lauriers de Rothschild Rose – Score: 90 (QPR: GREAT)
This is a nice wine, and with my new QPR scoring it is still is not as expensive as the median and its score is also above the median, so it is a GREAT QPR. With the heady prices of roses and the really good score, this is a no brainer!
First, note the new label – awesome! Next, this wine is 100% Cabernet Franc, I love it! The 2018 Les Lauriers de Rothschild Rose was a step back from the inaugural 2017 vintage, which was great. Thankfully, the 2019 vintage picks up where 2017 left off and we are all good here, IMHO!
The nose on this wine is rich and redolent, with ripping pink grapefruit, lovely tart strawberry, mineral, dried rhubarb, raspberry, and lovely floral notes. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine shows a nice weight, with good fruit focus, showing equal fruit focus to the 2017 vintage, with great acidity, nothing like the Greysac rose’s acidity, but that thing is CRAZY. The mouth has a drop of sweet fruit, showing tart passion fruit, a drop of candied strawberry, but that is it, with a lovely mineral core, and really nice tart citrus lingering long. The finish is long and tart, with ripping acid, great balance, lovely mineral, and pith lingering long. Lovely! Drink now!

2019 Tabor Barbera Rose, Adama – Score: 86 (QPR: GOOD)
The wine’s quality score is in line with the Median score and the price is below the median line so this wine gets a GOOD QPR score.
The nose is nice, less sweet than the other Israeli rose, with nice notes of grapefruit and strawberry, sweet notes, with some balance, showing nice pith, good focus, and some mineral.

2019 Herzog Rose, Lineage – Score: 87 (QPR: GREAT)
This is a nice enough wine, but with my new QPR scoring it is still is not as expensive as the median and its score is also above the median, so it is a GREAT QPR, though not a wine I would run after. Still, for the heady prices of rose today, this is a solid buy if you like this kind of wine.
This may well be the most balanced of the sweet roses, but I am not sure that helps. The nose on this wine is sweet, the mouth is balanced, but the notes are too much for me with candied fruit, little complexity, and uni-dimensional. It is a nice enough of a quaff. Drink now.

2019 Capcanes Peraj Petita Rosat – Score: 60 (QPR: NA)
This wine is less expensive than the median price and one of the lowest in quality, but it is below the drinking score, so it gets an NA score for QPR.
I must be honest, the label really caught my attention! Bravo on that, and yeah, that is where any good news ends, IMHO, in regards to this rose. The nose on the 14.2% ABV wine is exactly what you would expect from a 14.2% ABV rose, sweet, sweet, and ripe, with notes of candied and sweet cherry, pomegranate, floral notes, and not much else.
The mouth on this wine is just sweet, ripe, and has not freshness, it lacks the “I want more” score, and it lacks anything to make me think beyond the sweetness, ripeness, and nice pith that is on the long sweet finish. Drink now.

2019 Borgo Reale Rose – Score: 60 (QPR: NA) (Mevushal)
This wine is less expensive than the median price and one of the lowest in quality, but it is below the drinking score, so it gets an NA score for QPR.
The nose on this wine has nice funk, but that is where the fun ends, the wine is too ripe/cooked with sweet fruit, little control, and no brightness. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine is heavy with no litheness or brightness, showing cooked fruit, no joy, and really nowhere to fin happiness. Drink NOW.

2019 Elvi Wines Herenza Rose – Score: 83 (QPR: EVEN)
This wine is below the Median line for quality and it is below the median price, so this lands an EVEN QPR score.
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah. The nose on this wine starts off with sweet Rhubarb, pomegranate, juicy strawberry, and boysenberry, cotton candy, and some white fruit/melon. The mouth on this wine starts off with some mouthfeel but with time the wine opens and it falls flat, making it very uni-dimensional, with much of the same fruit as on the nose, with not enough acidity to make it all work. The finish is short and really not there, showing sweet candied fruit, and pith, but that is about it. Drink NOW!

2019 Terra di Seta Meshi Rosato – Score: 83 (QPR: EVEN)
This wine is below the Median line for quality and it is below the median price, so this lands an EVEN QPR score.
This starts off nice but it too falls off the cliff quickly. It starts with good enough acidity, but the amount of alcohol on a Rose should never be 14%. It makes the wine to cloning and fat, and less refreshing than lighter alcohol rose. Nice enough. Drink NOW!

2019 Sainte Beatrice B Rose – Score: 89 (QPR: GREAT) (Mevushal)
This is a nice wine, and with my new QPR scoring it is still is not as expensive as the median and its score is also above the median, so it is a GREAT QPR. With the heady prices of roses and the really good score, this is a great buy and throw in Mevushal, which no one cares about now, given our current circumstances, and it is nice indeed!
This is the third or fourth time I have had this rose and the first time I really had it with no noise around me, still, my score stayed the same. Overall, the Royal French rose prices have gone up this year, bummer.
The nose is nice with near green notes, but hiding in the background is sweet mango notes, strawberry, red fruit, orange, and fruit blossom. The mouth on this medium-bodied rose is close to La Vie’s acidity, showing great balance, loads of pith, with a nice fruit focus showing a mineral backbone and rich salinity with raspberry and tart strawberry, and grapefruit. The finish is a bit short and that gets covered up so well by the incredible lingering fruit, acidity, and crazy graphite/slate and mineral that comes up after the finish falls off. There are a clear tension and grip with this rose, and if you can ignore the short finish the lingering pith, graphite, slate, and orange all wrap up a wonderful rose with a great tart and refreshing experience. Nice! Drink now.

2019 The Butcher’s Daughter South Rose – Score: 75 (Mevushal) (QPR: NA)
This wine is less expensive than the median price and one of the lowest in quality, but it is below the drinking score, so it gets an NA score for QPR.
This reminds me of the rose I had in France from Victor called South Rose as well, but it had a different label.
The wine starts off ok but galls apart in a few minutes showing overly sweet notes of rhubarb and candied strawberry, with candied grapefruit. The mouth is flat with no acid, a bit of pith on the finish. Not very refreshing, too sweet for that. Drink UP

2019 Contessa Annalisa Rose, Veneto IGT – Score: 70 (Mevushal) (QPR: NA)
This wine is less expensive than the median price and one of the lowest in quality, but it is below the drinking score, so it gets an NA score for QPR.
This tastes like cooked grapefruit and strawberry, with a side of rhubarb compote, truly uninspiring, to say the least. Move on! Also, that cork is a BEAST to get out, and it has slight fizziness, totally uninteresting.

2019 Elvi Wines Vina Encina Rosado – Score: 87 (Mevushal) (QPR: GREAT)
This is a riper wine, and with my new QPR scoring it is still is not as expensive as the median and its score is also above the median, so it is a GREAT QPR. With the heady prices of roses and the really good score, this is a great buy and throw in Mevushal, which no one cares about now, given our current circumstances, and it is nice indeed!
The nose is candied fruit with lovely sweet notes, red fruit galore, with nice acidity, gooseberry, and dirt. The mouth is lovely with crazy acidity, dirt, and lovely raspberry, strawberry, pink grapefruit, and nice candied fruit. Nice

2019 Baron Herzog Rose – Score: 83 (Mevushal) (QPR: GOOD)
This wine is barely above the drinking line, qualitatively, but it is in the lowest quintile, price-wise, and it is one level down quality-wise, so it is a GOOD QPR.
The nose on this wine is actually nice, but the mouth is too ripe/sweet for me. Showing watermelon, ripe strawberry, sweet tea, and sweet pomelo.

2019 Recanati Gris de Marselan – Score: 88 (QPR: EVEN)
This wine is above the Median line for quality and it is above the median price, so this lands an EVEN QPR score.
With so many disappointing 2019 roses from Israel, and honestly from around the world, this one is one of the more reliable roses out there. Sadly, it took forever for this wine to make it to the USA, it is finally here and many I am sure will be very happy!
The nose on this rose is lovely tart, with impressive fruit, loads of floral notes, white flowers, with Jasmine, citrus, red fruit, and the always present mineral. The mouth on this light to medium-bodied wine is nice, but it too is a step behind the previous vintage, with nice mineral, but the mouth feels hollow with a stunted acid focus, with raspberry, tart and juicy strawberry, slate, and overall the wine is refreshing – just not what I have come to expect – man 2019 in Israel sucks for wine. Drink now.

Posted on September 25, 2020, in Israeli Wine, Kosher Rose Wine, Kosher Wine, Wine and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Will there be a Royal French 2020 (via zoom) ?

    LOL! No idea? Maybe – Zoom maybe I can get there, all in God’s hands.

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