Wine of the week: Robert Hall Rose de Robles 2013

robert hall rose de roblesOne of the best winemakers too many people have not heard of is Robert Hall’s Don Brady. The Wine Curmudgeon has waxed poetic about his work many times, that Brady is able to make interesting, terroir-driven, value-worthy wines in California’s Paso Robles when so many others there go for scores, an excess of fruit, sticker shock, and too much alcohol.

The current version of the rose ($11, purchased, 13%) is a case in point. It’s a blend, including grenache and cinsault, and has a little more strawberry fruit this year than last, so it isn’t as lean or as mouthwatering as in previous vintages. But that’s not a bad thing, for it reflects Paso Robles, which is warmer and produces richer, fruitier wines. And this is a rich, comforting rose that is still low in alcohol. How many others can make that claim?

Highly recommended, not just for summer porch sipping, but as a food wine — hamburgers, smoked chicken, and pulled pork (for the au courant among the blog’s visitors).

3 thoughts on “Wine of the week: Robert Hall Rose de Robles 2013

  • By Don Brady - Reply

    Thanks for the kind words!
    The Rose is only available in Texas and here in California. The winery is currently out of stock, but don’t worry we will have a fantastic 2014 to follow up! With this vintage’s early season the rose grape harvest is just around the corner!!!

    • By Wine Curmudgeon - Reply

      Of course it is. Silly me for thinking the wine would be generally available. Stupid three-tier system.

  • By Dwayne - Reply

    I’ve been picking this up at the Huntington Beach Trader Joes for $6 for the last 2-3 years, a tremendous value. TJ has also carried another Paso rose from Josefina which might even be better than the RH for about the same price or maybe less. I shake my head when people put their noses up at roses. Their loss is my gain.

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