It’s Friday night and after a few “cheap”, but unknown wines to me, I think a more familiar wine is due. Tonight Las Rocas Granacha 2007 is swiped from my wine rack and gets center stage to cap off the work week. Though this wine registers $9.99, I still think it fits in the “cheap wine” category because of the Quality to Price Ratio (QPR). At least that’s what my memory tells me. And coincidentally this is the second grenache of the week. Is my varietal leaning starting to rear it’s ugly head? You know, you stick with what you like sometimes and this wine is in it’s drinking window. Let’s see what we have, bargain hunters:
Color: Medium purple with a bright edge.
Nose: Assertive smoked meat comes to mind at first. When I sniff deep into the center of the glass it is backed by a mash-up of V8 juice sprinkled with red fruits. A lighter inhale near the lip of the glass gives off a bit of a chemical smell but it’s not from the glass it’s from the wine. It might be acetone but it is faint and it might just be a little volatile alcohol blowing off.
Palate: Having this wine before I feels this is a bit boring from the bottles past. Perhaps it is a little over the hill but it is still bright and vibrant. There is red fruit, tobacco and light minerals. The mid-palate is a bit stemmy and the finish is smooth but tails off. This is medium bodied and actually the smoothness and integration of flavor in this make it quite quaffable.
I just feel that this one has no soul. Too many years scratching out a living at the $10 price point I guess. The wine definitely delivers and you should seek out subsequent vintages since I’m sure the 2007’s are gone. This wine has been very consistent over the years and it is a great way to expand your palate while enjoying familiar flavors as you go. For a food pairing, though this sounds strange, I’m think roasted mushrooms turned into a herbaceous omelette. Yes, eggs and red wine! Heresy, but I trust my palate. Cheers!