60% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha; 13.5% ABV
Navarra DO, Spain
$5 at the Berkeley and Richmond, CA, stores on 24 May
I liked the dark orange color of the wine and I don’t recall having previously tasted a Spanish rosado before, so… here it is!
Although I didn’t find it especially aromatic, on the palate the fruit is very nice, with flavors of quince jelly, orange raspberries / oranges, orange and pink roses, and wood. At times, the acid was slightly rough. For me, the wood component was the most different from what I’m used to in French and American rosés, and I found it sort of a mixed blessing. On one hand, it often overshadowed the delicate floral aspects of the wine. But on the other hand, it did add strength, support, and an interesting character to the fruit, for example, making the “orange” somewhat like “orange marmalade”. (I use “jelly” and “marmalade” to try to describe the flavors, not sugar content. The wine is quite dry.) So, while I would guess this is not the rosé for weinish, many others will probably like it. This wine would probably go well with ham, tuna, or other strongly flavored seafood.
The next day, I thought the rest of the bottle was smoother and more delicate, and better integrated. If you try this wine, and there seems to be plenty of it, please let me know how you liked it.