Grifone Rosé has to be the best Rosé I’ve ever had under $10. It’s one of the better Rosé’s I’ve had, period. Toad Hollow and Hogwash are nice, but this wine has more intense and varied flavors with the perfect balance of acidity. I know next to nothing about the Grifone Rosé. I don’t know what type of grape it is (though it’s been suggested it’s the blush skinned Pinot Grigio) which may be true. There is also no year on this bottle, but I’d assume it’s from 2014 or 2013 vintage year as it tastes young and fresh.
As for the drinking, we chilled the Grifone Rosé down to about 45 degrees. We used stemless white wine glasses for tasting. The wine, when opened, let out a soft aroma of watermelon and citrus. It poured out to be a pale pink in the initial tasting, but it’s a Rosé that deepens with more in the glass, so the end coloring is a nice salmon pink.
The nose on the Grifone Rosé is fairly complex for a Rosé. There were tropical fruits, peach, apple, raspberry, strawberry, white florals, minerals, watermelon, citrus, and white currant. The flavor was a little more streamlined with the apple, peach, and raspberry coming to the forefront. There was also a nice white/green grape note in the mid-palate that was exceptionally juicy. The beginning of the finish brought in more minerals and grapefruit that faded into a minerally and peppery finish. As the wine opened up there was a deep aroma of European strawberries and cream. If you haven’t had European strawberries, you are missing out. The berries there are much more concentrated in the strawberry flavor and the flesh is juicer and almost silky. As it warmed up even further, the wine also gained a sweet roasted tomato flavor that was actually exceptional. Once all the wine was consumed, even the glass smelled like the best strawberry and sweet cream dessert you had ever had. I didn’t want to put my glass down and I smelled it all the way into the kitchen before taking one last deep whiff before it went into the dishwasher. The acidity was racy but not too acidic you couldn’t sip it alone. It was dry but not bone dry so it will go with savory food as well as fruits, cheese, or desserts. We had ours with homemade prosciutto and arugula pizza with an olive oil and feta based sauce with a chocolate cookie for dessert and it paired perfectly with both.
Rating this wine is a bit hard for us. Our initial impression at the first cursory tasting was in the 88 point range. Seeing the wine develop in the glass and tasting it over time raised our estimation to a 90 point level. Thinking back on it, we almost wanted to rate it higher because just thinking about the wine caused both my husband and I to salivate and contemplate the 30 minutes round trip it would take to get another bottle, not out of the realm of unreasonable. Being fairly lazy about leaving the house, that should tell you how special the wine is. The fact that it’s $4.99 is even more stupefying. For now, we’re going to go with 90 points and purchase a case for further scientific study. If you are looking for an inexpensive Valentine’s Day bottle, get this ASAP. If you are more interested in Champagne for your romantic interludes, check out my suggestions here and here.
Have you tried the Grifone Rosé? Are we crazy for loving it?