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".
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.