For this Friday's Happy Hour we are trying 2010 Château Montaud Côtes de Provence Rosé. Cost: $10.99
Everything about this wine was promising. It has a brilliant, translucent blush color. A bottle shape different from the standard boring wine bottles. It's French. And I generally prefer rosé to reds or whites.
The aroma was also promising. It was crisp, fresh, with a faint hint of citrus and red currants. The taste, however, was overwhelmingly that of ethanol (literally, as if one was drinking diluted alcohol solution), followed by sourness (acidity was similar to that of lime, without the citrus flavor). I could not get past the strong ethanol taste and there was no other notes to speak of. Just ethanol, acidity, and a bit of bitterness.
Husband says: "Aseptic. Boozy."
Fortunately good uses exist even for wines like this one: I would simply use it in cooking.