I was looking around the store the other day and saw a label that caught my eye. Once I saw the Las Rocas, I knew that it had to come home so I could review it. It was also a varietal that I have never tried before so I couldn’t wait to test it out.
(Price can vary on state, taxes, the store’s mark-up, and if you .)
First, I have to talk about the label…and no I don’t mean my thumb being in the image… I understand that some wines try to understate themselves on the label. Black and white labels are all fine and dandy. In-case you decide to make your own wine in the future I only ask one thing of you. Please, please…do not make the text on your label 40 point Comic Sans. I’m a fan of sans serif (which means without feet, in-case you didn’t know) but please do not use that specific font. It’s a bottle of wine, not a comic book. The only exception would be if you had a label in the theme of a comic book. In that case, it would actually be pretty cool and, if you price it under $15, I would be more than happy to review it. Anyway…
I opened the bottle and took a look at the wine. It was a deep purple color that didn’t let any light through. As a fan of dense reds, I was happy to see this was the case. The wine smelled very spicy with a moderate amount of oak and plum. Another I could smell was the dryness of the wine. Again, this was something that I was excited about.
My first impression of the taste was that it didn’t actually taste like a dry red. Rather, it was more fruity with the plum and some red fruit flavors that I didn’t detect during the smell test. It was very balanced between the spice and tannins, but had a short, dry finish. I would have really liked to have this wine with grilled chicken over rice with mushrooms, capers, and a red sauce. Maybe also a bit of red pepper flake to the sauce to kick it up a little.
Rating: Enjoy again.
I would definitely like to get my hands on another bottle of this wine when I have an opportunity. I don’t see as often at the store as other varietals but I know I will always be able to pick it out of a line up with that label.