This is a fun looking bottle, isn’t it? ^ Well, that’s where the fun ends with this one. Since I enjoyed the Exotic Berry Splash so much, I figured I would give this one a shot, since Aldi has done well with their wines as of late. Well, this rose ends that streak. The bottle is the best part, sadly. The other sad part? This is supposed to be 10.5% alcohol content, but the 5.5% Exotic Berry Splash from last week was far superior as far as doing anything, and that did nothing…yet this has more alcohol content. Makes no damn sense to this wino. Nothing, nothing, nothing here.
The back of Aldi wines have comparison bars, so that you get an idea how light, fruity, dry, semi-sweet, etc the wine is. This one is stuck at semi-dry. That’s bullshit. Imagine drinking something with the consistency of sawdust, and you have this. It is beyond dry. There is no semi anything! It is supposed to taste like raspberry, cranberry, and citrus notes throughout. The only thing I taste is carbonation and dry. It’s so fucking dry you can’t taste any of the fruits noted. I waited and drank one dinky glass over a two hour period, and there is no taste. I’ve had tonic water with more flavor than this wine! It’s ridiculous.
It tells you that it’s best paired with: seafood, grilled chicken, honey glazed ham, salads, or on its own. Lies, all lies! I paired it with salmon that was seasoned with salt and pepper only, and a spinach salad with sunflower seeds and extra virgin olive oil for dressing. I can taste the food, but I had a hard time choking the salmon down my throat when pairing it with the sawdust rose. I was dehydrated before I got home. This didn’t help matters!! I probably drank a gallon of water with this one..So worry not, Holly, I made up for all the water I didn’t drink by drinking a shit ton after one glass of this. How can they sell this and call it wine? It tastes like nothing. Less than nothing, not even fruit notes in here. Rose’, in my experience, isn’t very sweet, nor very fruity, but there is usually some flavor. No flavor, no savor.
Terribly disappointed doesn’t cover it. The pretzels aren’t making me thirsty, it’s the fucking wine! I would say avoid at any and all costs. This is currently retailing for the ripoff price of $3.99. Hike over to your closest liquor store and get some Barefoot or Sutter Home for the price range, and you’ll have more flavor. I could have drank an entire quart of melted wax lips and had more taste than this swill. (PS- the one star is for the awesome bottle and label. It completely fools you into believing this is good. It’s not!).