Straight out and up front I have a fondness for Rose wine and continue to be amazed about two things in the wine market. First, the variety of rose available to us, from sweet sort of White Zin flavor to dry, edgy wine from Rioja to mention one region. The 2010 Quo Grenache Rose from Campo de Borja walks the line between those extremes and does so successfully in a recent tasting.
Pretty pink with a tinge of orange color in the glass the wine is 100% Grenache grapes aged in stainless steel. That creates a wine with a solid core of fruit that doesn’t come across as fruity. What does that mean? Consider the difference between smelling a rose on the bush and bathing in the petals, the infusion of petal in water reduces the freshness and leaves the essence of the flower to enjoy, in the same way this wine is infused with flavor from start to finish, with a dominant mid palate expected from the Grenache grape. The nose reminded me of a glass of cherry juice which carries through into a flavor profile of strawberry and red raspberry ending with hints of cherry juice and mineral following up the end. This is a medium weight wine that finishes clean and dry, but oddly enough leaves you with the essence of sweetness lingering in the mouth, really interesting.
This could be a good food wine, though to be honest in this case it didn’t quite make it to meal time. Nonetheless the solid character would stand up to foods that lighter rose would be buried under, however, the lack of tannin would hurt if paired with grilled red meat or a cured meat platter. Consider stews, roasted vegetables, ham or a shrimp dish for a few starting points, better yet, try it and see what you like, that is the ultimate arbitrator in taste and experience.
The Quo Grenache Rose is widely available in area wine stores, I have seen in occasionally in the grocery aisle, but if memory serves it was SweetBay and not Publix. Look around and ask if you don’t see it where you shop and expect to pay somewhere around the $8 price point, like many wines from Europe prices have moved up over the last couple of years. In fact, a casual comparison last week bears out the reported growth in demand for wine in some higher prices for most of the wine on the shelf. The bottle I sampled was a 2010 vintage and it seemed a bit “flat”, so look for a more recent vintage if you want a more “lively” wine. The rating limitations cause me to stick with three stars for this wine, but frankly that is a bit lower than it rates in my book, yet four is a bit high so three it is. Three or four stars I suggest you give the Quo Grenache Rose a try next time you want a good wine that doesn’t break the bank or take itself too seriously.