I usually abide by the conventional wisdom that almost all rosés should be drunk within a year after their release? So, why am I drinking a 2009 rosé? I blame it on being so eager for spring and the arrival of the 2010 vintage that I simply was not thinking about the date when I bought the Alois Lageder Lagrein Rosé a couple of weeks ago.
The saturated deep pink (or fuscia) is more a color I would expect from a rosé of Malbec than a wine from Italy or France. A closer look reveals that it is starting to show its age with shades of orange creeping in. On the nose, there’s strawberry, bubble gum, and herbs; the palate is dominated by strawberries and cream. Despite having only medium minus acidity and no detectable tannins, this wine does have some weight to it. But, it finishes rather quickly and without fanfare.
With the 2010 now appearing on store shelves, I‘m eager to try other rosés of Lagrein. And even though I wasn’t wild about this wine, I’ll be looking for the current Alois Lageder release.