A wine-nerd friend sort of internally *gasp!*ed at my request for a rosé recommendation. But he knows that I’m a complete wine rookie, so gently recommended something very French. Guigal. Cote du Rhone. 2003. He even went so far as to call a nearby notable wine store to put it on hold for me so I wouldn’t walk in and embarrass myself asking for “Giga Coat Drone. It’s pink.” ;)
But the wine house closes at 7 each night, and I rarely, if ever, leave the office before 8. And of course, I couldn’t really expect a wine store to be open before 10 am. My CFO’s patience has already been worn paper thin with my attendance/tardiness in recent weeks with my renegade mission to the farmers markets, so I had to go on my instincts (scary!) and whatever was written on the sales tag at Whole Foods just before closing. 2004 Vida Organica Malbec Rose from Familia Zuccardi.
Vida Organica is from Familia Zuccardi, who also makes wines under the Santa Julia label. The Zuccardi family has been in the Mendoza region of Argentina for a very long time, but have not always in the wine business. Apparently, the family was actually in the business of irrigation, but decided to grow grapes, somewhat of a living demo of their irrigation systems. Their grapes are all organically grown, including malbec, which I tasted for the first time in a rosé form.
Malbec is a grape that’s grown in Bordeaux, France to make red wines, so perhaps that is why I have always thought malbec was strictly from Argentina. I’m learning something new every day. They make deep dark red wines, which explains why even as a rose, it was a very dark pink and looks like Hawaiian Punch in my wine glass. Malbec has lots of tannins, and according to research, tastes somewhere between a cabernet and merlot.
So perhaps that is why I didn’t love malbec rosé from Vida Organica. I stuck my nose all the way down in there, and there was nothing other than *crinkled nose*. I tried to find something. They said plum. They said anise. I am lame and I couldn’t find either of those, though I would say that upon tasting, it’s more fruity than spicy. It was a little too strongly tannic for me, which I normally am okay with when I expect it, but this is a rosé, and I guess I was expecting something sweeter, lighter, and much easier to drink (for me). Half the bottle is sitting *for shame for shame* on the top shelf of my fridge.
Ah well. You wine some, you lose some.