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Desperately seeking Spanish Rose'

Any fans of Spanish rose' (rosado) out there? I'm looking for a dry, crisp, yummy wine that is generally available and not too expensive.

Last summer, my everyday hot-weather wine was Vina Vilano, but it's not available this year in my area. (A distributor told me that the vineyard had been sold, and the new distribution and "rebranding" isn't done yet.)

I've tried the Marques de Caceres rose, and don't like it - it tastes thin and bland to me. I'm looking for something with more fruit and character that's still dry and classically "Spanish".

Any suggestions?


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  1. I too am a fan of Rose. Lately the Spanish wines have been going a little over the top, 14+% alcohol, lacking acidity etc. But was happy to find one of my old favorites back in the states after an absence of several years.

    Julian Chivite Gran Feudo Rose is all Grenache, relatively low in alcohol, crisp, and has gobs of fruit - reminds me of pomegranates. It is also inexepensive $8 as I recall.

    I picked it up at K and L in San Francisco - but you might be able to find in in MSP at one of the better wineshops. It's a fairly high production item - I am sure that they could order it for you.

    1. I've been drinking the Muga rose this summer - about 12 dollars in NY.

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      1. re: MMRuth

        Tried the Muga rosé in San Francisco last month - loved it. Very crisp, minerally and elegant. For a long time, the local importer wouldn't bring it in. I'm happy it's here now. But I don't consider it a fruit-forward style, so don't know if it will please the OP.

          1. re: maria lorraine


            Also CUNE and El Coto.

            Nice article on Spanish rosados by Gerry Dawes found here:

            1. re: maria lorraine

              we went though a boatload of CUNE over the summer and, with our weather here in San Diego, I expect to keep on drinking right through the winter...also enjoy Muga and Gran Fuedo

      2. A few months ago, I had a Comtesse de Leganza (sp). I liked it - intense strawberry flavors.

        ed (the poster formerly known as e.d.)

        1. Thanks for the suggestions! I've seen Muga and Gran Feudo somewhere in town, so I'll check them out. Never seen Comtesse de Leganza, but I'll keep looking.

          And I discovered one more: Vega Sindoa rose' ($8 on sale). I had a bottle this weekend; it wasn't as good as Vina Vilano, but it was pretty good. It's a mix of Tempranillo and Cabernet grapes. (I think Vina Vilano is 100% Tempranillo.)

          So at least I have a few options.

          Thanks for the help!

          1. Try the 1+1=3 Cabernet Rose 2004 from Penedes. Runs around 14-18$ Out of all the Spanish Rose options i've tasted, this one is the best IMO

            1. We drink a lot of the Muga Rioja. It's not especially complex, but dry, with good, clean fruit, and great balance. Let us know what you think! Also, K & L wines, in the SF Bay Area, is featuring roses right now (in their newsletter?). You might check their web site for more suggestions.


              1. My standard here on the East Coast is Protocolo Rosé, which I believe is mostly tempranillo. Its inexpensive and nice and crisp, but not too complex. I also find its an excellent cooking wine (especially pork dishes) as it gives a little more flavor than a dry white... I got my local wine merchant to order it a few years ago and in the past couple of years its gotten quote popular there. They also have the Muga and I prefer the Protocolo, but its not bad.

                I also am a big fan of red wines from portugal made with Touriga Nacional and recently found a rosé that is 100% touriga. Quinta da Alorna Touriga Nacional Rosé. It is a lot more syrupy than the Protocolo, but I am liking it a lot. I think alcohol is about 13.5 or so. Its probably a SE Mass thing (lots of Portuguese Importers), so not certain where else to get it in the country, but its worth asking for.

                1. Dear Anne,

                  I am the managing director of Viña Vilano winery in Ribera del Duero, Spain. I was just looking around and saw your message and positve comments on our Rosado wine. Thanks for that! I am very pleased that you liked it so much. This is a 100% Red grape "Tempranillo" from Ribera del Duero. I am not sure where you are. I suppose you're in the States. Our importer is "Prestige Wine Group", This Company belongs to Johnson Brothers of Minneapolis. www.prestigewinegroup.com. You can contact Mr.Bob Nichols there and he will help you out to find it in your area. Thanks and keep enjoying the wine! Regards from Spain!

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                  1. re: desiderio

                    This is wonderful news, Desiderio! I'm so pleased to learn that this wine is available. Yes, I'm in the states, and I actually live in Minneapolis, so I will contact Johnson Brothers.

                    I firmly believe that rose and rosado aren't just for summer, so I'll be getting some Viña Vilano for my winter drinking.

                    Muchas gracias!

                  2. I'm not sure where you are located, but the best rose I have tried this year and in a long time is from Cameron Hughes, his Lot 37. It is made from 100% grenache grapes, grown in Spain. Certain Costcos in California carry them for $8 and it is available for a couple dollars more on the website: http://www.chwine.com. It is dry, crisp, yummy like you are looking for, but it may not be widely available.

                    1. After a year of looking and experimenting, I found some good roses for the summer of 2007:

                      - T Sanzo Tempranillo Rosado (Spain)

                      - Brumont Rosé vin de pays de Gascogne (France)

                      - Makulu Pinotage Rosé (South Africa)

                      - Robert Sinsky Vin Gris of Pinot Noir (USA)

                      - Perelada Cresta Rosa (Italy) - this one's slightly fizzy

                      - Quinta de Alorna Touriga Nacional Vinho Rosé (Portugal) - thanks for the tip, itaunas!

                      And now I learn that Vina Vilano is available again - hooray!