We tried these wines at Pig+Fig ystrday:
1. Verdad Grenache Rose MartianVnyd/AlisosCnyn (12.5%; DemeterCertified/BioDynamic) Louisa Sawyer Lindquist/
SantaMaria 2021
: Pale rose/salmon color; lovely very fragrant Grenache/strawberry/bit earthy/spicy rather aromatic bit cinammon/cloves nose; quite tart/tangy strong strawberry/fruity/Grenache light earthy rather crisp/brisk/bright flavor w/ little tannins; very long bright/strawberry/Grenache tart/tangy finish; a bit simpler but more bright strawberry character. $28.00/$19.60
2. Verdad Grenache Rose ReevesVnyd/EdnaVlly (13%; www.VerdadWines.com) 2021: Pale rose/salmon color; some herbal more spicy less strawberry/fruity bit earthy bit more complex nose; quite tart/tangy bit herbal/spicy/bit earthy light strawberry/Grenache crisp bit more complex flavor w/ little tannins; very long light strawberry/Grenache slight herbal/earthy bit more complex but less intense finish; less overt strawberry/Grenache bit more herbal slightly more interesting character. $25.00/$17.50
3. Verdad Graciano Ibarra-YoungVnyd/SantaYnezVlly (13.0%) 2018: Med.color; strong very fragrant black cherry/plummy/spicy/Graciano/high-toned light toasty/pencilly/oak very attractive nose; rather tart/tangy/slight metallic strong black cherry/Graciano/spicy/cloves rather high-toned/bright slight earthy fflavo w/ light tangy tannins; very long bright/black cherry/plummy/Graciano/spicy slight toasty/pencilly/oak finish w/ light tannins; a bright fairly high-toned quite perfumed expression of Graciano. $28.00/$19.60
4. Verdad Graciano Ibarra-YoungVnyd/SantaYnezVlly (13.0%) 2017: Med.light color; much less intense some earthy/dusty lightish black cherry/Graciano/plummy very light pencilly/oak not nearly as perfumed/aromatic nose; lightly tart fairly earthy/dusty bit rustic/coarse slight floral/black cherry/Graciano flavor w/ light tangy tannins; very long some earthy/dusty bit rustic light Graciano/black cherry finish w/ light tannins; not as high-toned Graciano in character and a bit more earthy/rustic/clunky in character. $28.00/$19.60
More ackereffer from TheBloodyPulpit:
1. I liked both of the Roses quite a lot. Both totally dry & a crisp acidity and avoided the tutti-fruiti character of many Grenache Roses.
2. Graciano: One of the minot Rioja grapes, mostly cultivated in the Rioja Baja because it needs warmer temps. Not often seen as a varietal wine. Also grown in Languedoc wher it is known as Morrastel. No DNA info I could find on the grape. Very little is planted in Calif. 'Tis a pity. I liked both of these Gracianos quite a lot.