The Back Story:
Unfortunately, not every wine I review is going to turn out to be a winner. It’s even more depressing when the wine that I find less than satisfactory is local; it pains me to not be able to support small wineries, but it’s also necessary to remain impartial. I’m going to share with you, after giving my best score ever, the worst wine I’ve yet reviewed: Non-Vintage Grove Winery Rosé.
Back at the end of January, I bought a two-wine pack from Grove Winery called “Drink the Pink” for $20. The pack contained a blush fruit wine blend and a Rosé, which I figured would be good way for me to branch out from my usual fare. I obviously didn’t research my purchase enough because I ended up with two non-vintage wines. Now, I’m not saying that a wine needs a vintage to be a decent wine, but it’s not a good sign that I wasn’t given enough information to know I was getting non-vintage. This is one of those “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me” kind of situations, except I got both barrels at once. Most uncool.
About the wine itself? As I said before, it’s non-vintage, pressed from 100% Sangiovese grapes. The information online about this wine is sparse. I basically only know what’s on the bottle and what’s on the Grove Winery website.
The appearance of the wine was a dark pink with a very unhealthy brown tinge. This is not a good sign, folks. Swirls suggested something akin to water.
The nose of the wine was rather weak. It was very floral with a hint of plum. It smelled sickeningly sweet which combined with the floral bouquet to give off a rather rotten scent.
The mouthfeel of the wine was utterly forgettable. Like liquid dead weight.
The flavor of the wine was, as you might guess, not good. It was basically floral with a slight pepper finish and a weird metallic undertone that just didn’t fit a sweet wine. It was surprisingly acidic but poorly balanced, giving the wine an acrid aftertaste.
For the Casual Drinker:
I’ve got nothing on this wine to recommend. The flavor is bad, the smell is bad, and it’s priced well out of the bargain wine range. I tried pairing it with a BLT and it ruined the BLT.
This is the worst wine I’ve reviewed so far, and at $15, it’s not even priced low enough to recommend that those with different tastes might experiment with it. 1/10.
Update: Currently, an ’08 Sangiovese courtesy of the winemaker is on its way. I’ll move it up the queue in my list of wines to review so I can give them a fair shake on their specialty. After all, we can’t let an experimental wine be the only representation of the winery on the blog.