The 5 Joses proclaims itself “one hard workin’ bottle” and this red earns a grin in both its aspirations as well as its execution. This “Old Vines” Grenache hails from Spain (perhaps garnacha is thus more appropriate) and was part of an internationally flavored dinner for our humble table. The Cinco Joses accompanied a great quinoa and kale salad, accented with onions, cucumbers, arugula, and tomato salad–fresh and with just the right amount of kick to it.
Unconventionally, the red also complemented a fish entre, a whitefish packing too just a hint of zest. Not quite the way you might draw it up on the whiteboard but just fine for this family. Throw in a side of portabello mushrooms and you’re ready for good eating.
Grenache seems to have one of those easy growing profiles (you can find it in Europe, Australia, and the U.S.) and it takes on a similar profile in this 2012 red. It was a bit acidic right out of the bottle, but I seem to have this inherent flaw in that I never let a new bottle breathe enough, so you have to balance that into your own evaluation. That’s how I regarded the tannins in the Cinco Joses, but it definitely packed in the fruit right from jump too. I would say less strawberry or raspberries in your taste here, and more black berry.
If you’re a fan of Zinfandel I think you’d be happy with this affordable, rich red. Give it a try and let me know what you think.