Summer is the ‘high season’ for rosé wines. Something logical if we take into account that they are usually light, sweet and are taken cold. On this occasion we have selected and tasted five references from different parts of Spain, from Ribera del Duero to Castilla, Navarra, Rioja and Castilla León to achieve a generic vision. Y we bring a very special claret, arrived from the Burgos Ribera, which will surprise the most seasoned palates
It is an undeniable fact that these wines are in fashion after those years of black legend in which it was stated that “the best rosé is a red”. The reality is that the winemakers began to elaborate them better and the level rose spectacularly as we already have in Vozpópuli. Of course, it follows the trend of pale pink in the style of Provencal rosés, compared to those strawberry or almost red tones that were all the rage a decade ago. A refreshing and quality mosaic in a pink key. And don’t forget about them for paella this summer: it’s the best possible pairing for this traditional dish.
1) Mernat 2020
Bodegas NOC / VT de Castilla
Recommended retail price: nine euros
New wines from this winery (also white and red), directed by the great winemaker Ignacio de Miguel. NOC, located in the Montes de Toledo, makes this rosé with 100% own grapes. Syrah grape aged on lees for three months and the personal commitment of Elena Rincón, titular winemaker and right-hand man of Ignacio de Miguel. A round wine, very well made, with citric touches, very fresh, fruity and with sweet notes, perfect for the summer. It has a glass stopper that serves to prevent oxidation of the wine and can be reused.
2) Claret Eagle Rogue 2018
B. Domain of the Eagle / DO Ribera del Duero
Recommended PVP: 22.90 euros
Jorge Monzón and Isabel Rodero have made reality an atypical winery in the Burgos part of Ribera del Duero (La Aguilera). On Eagle Domain They are made in the old-fashioned way on many occasions (even with grape treading) and using traditional techniques with excellent results. So much so that Parker has scored his red Canta la Perdiz with a 100/100.
But now we talk about this claret so special, that it comes from old vines located at about 830 meters of altitude. Once again they go back to the past and mix tempranillo and white from the country (albillo) with a small percentage of many others, from garnacha to malvasía, etc … all vineyards with more than one hundred years and certified organic cultivation. Without clarifying or filtering, it ages for 15 months in French oak barrels in an underground cave.
A real discovery. Aromatic, incisive, complex, very dry and without sweet notes. Long wine with an amazing saline finish. Rosé with a red soul (in the mouth) that surprises and excites. Has aging potential. Production limited to 9,821 bottles and 456 magnums. Unique.
3) Aráiz Payments 2020
Pagos de Aráiz Winery / DO Navarra
Recommended retail price: seven euros
Recently selected as “Best Wine of Navarra” in blind tasting, is the perfect pattern of a rosé wine from those lands, in this case made with Grenache. The winemaker Juan Glaría has done an excellent job with this rosé made by bleeding almost immediately to obtain a wort with little color. All the grapes used are from their own vineyards. It has a bright salmon pink color. Aromatic (flowers, citrus …). In the mouth it is elegant, measured, lively and with a sweet finish at its perfect point. Long and fleshy on the palate while remaining extremely subtle and expressive. There is a good quality price relation.
4) Barón de Ley teardrop rosé 2020
Bodegas Barón de Ley / DO Rioja
Recommended PVP: 7.5 euros
Precious pale pink necklace for an elegant wine and all delicacy that this year comes out with a renewed image (for the better). Made with Garnacha from Rioja Oriental, its tasting offers what it promises: floral aroma and fine fruit trees (fresh peach). Surprising in the mouth for its minerality. Complex and unctuous, even reminiscent of White and black (white wines made with red grapes). Pablo Tascón, its winemaker, has made a very special “tear” wine – which means that it is made with the best musts – that has spent three months on the lees. A delight at great value for money. It is suitable for vegans.
5) Castle of Medina Rosé 2020
Bodegas Castelo de Medina / VT de Castilla y León
Recommended PVP: 6.90 euros
A multi-award-winning rosé made with orange-pink Grenache grapes. Light, evanescent and fruity, it will do a good role in an aperitif based on nuts, semi-cured cheeses or with any informal snack. The winery has released a limited edition case containing its Sauvignon blanc (Rueda), the Verdejo monovarietal, the Castelo Nouvea red (Tempranillo) and this rosé, in a nice box by artist Simmon Said. Its price is 59.90 euros.
Rosé wines from different parts of Spain which show that the production of these wines continues ‘smooth sailing’ and that, in addition, enrich the Spanish wine heritage.
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