The revival of Spanish pink wines (I)


“Discovering a new world”

Pink and rosé wines are trendy these days or at least that’s what the “Solo Rosados” (Just Pink) event reflects from their first event located in Madrid, Spain. An event where you could only find some of the best pink and rosé wines from Spain and some other from abroad our frontiers.

For years the wineries this country neglected the elaboration of this versatile wine reaching malpractices thereof and thereby creating numerous urban legends thus banishing the pink wine to oblivion until recently, until today that someone wanted to bet on them and create a unique event to show off some of the best wineries in our country (and some from abroad) and have the chance to taste them.

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It was the first edition of this kind of events, dedicated to all Pink thing. It was pretty much interesting and educational. Much that was said that evening: you usually taste rosé wines with white and red ones, and really it makes you feel like all pink and rosé are equal but nothing is further from the truth! There may be as many pink wines as tastes there are in the world, each of them elaborated for a purpose and to express something completely different. You really discover the region’s terroir can give them one character or another depending on a thousand and one reasons as small as soil type, climate differences, height, type of grapes … and elaborating these having three different ways to prepare this delicious delicacy resulting from red grapes and in some cases the mixture of red and white grapes (never from wine).

We spent a pleasant afternoon in the Hotel Miguel Angel Madrid discovering wines ideal for summer that lies ahead and really interesting projects that will read from today on our blog and social networks.

 So here I share with you, our experience, our wine tastings from that evening May 2014.

Señorio de Sarria Viñedo nº5
Señorio de Sarria Viñedo nº5

We started our tour with some old friend of us from Navarra, a pink wine, elegant with a special touch and with the Navarrese distinctive (Señorío de Sarría Viñedo nº5 2013, 100% Grenache Old vines). And in a more traditional line of pink wines from Navarra, we taste: Señorío Rosado 2013 (100% Grenache) more red lollipop color, with sweet and fruity aromas, less complex, more simple, refreshing but also more floral (More about Señorío de Sarria wine here)

Señorio Sarria pink wines. D.O. Navarra.
Señorio Sarria pink wines. D.O. Navarra.

From Juvé & Camps winery we have the honour to introduce you Ermita d’Espiells Rosé with the hallmark of the winery, well-crafted, elegant, light, easy to drink with delicious aromas and a refreshing palate.

And their new Aurora Rosé (that will also be present in the La Nariz de Oro final) sweeter, more refreshing, lighter and delightfully perfect for summer season.

Auroa Rosé. D.O. Pènedes.
Auroa Rosé. D.O. Pènedes.

After these pleasant visits we had to visit a completely new project for us: Bodegas Murviedro, a winery we loved for all the amount of different pink wines and their youthful, refreshing, modern labels. They were new to us but they areof winemaking tradition since 1927 from D.O.P. Valencia y D.O. Utiel-Requena. Discover them with us:

Vega Libre Rosado 2013. 100% Bobal. D.O. Utiel-Requena. Licorice and strawberry colour, it is sweet, smooth, tasty, very persistent and very nice.

Murviedro Colección Rosado 2013 (100% Cabernet Sauvignon). D.O.P. Valencia, Onion skin colour, with hints of fruit, in the palate is slightly saline, fruity and easy to drink.

Murviedro Colección.
Murviedro Colección.

DNA Tempranillo Rosé 2013. D.O.P. Valencia. 100% Tempranillo.The nose has hints of white flowers and strawberry, in the palate is salty, smooth, velvety, sweet and yummy.

El Copero of Muviedro winery from Valencia.
El Copero of Muviedro winery from Valencia.

El Copero Rosado 2012. Bobal & Tempranillo.The nose hints of strawberry, white flowers, with a touch of vanilla. The palate is delicious highlighting the virtues of both grapes: the sweetness of Bobal and the greasiness of Tempranillo with a slight unobtrusive tannin that seems to appear in the aftertaste. I love this blend.

Estrella Frizzante.
Estrella Frizzante.

Estrella Frizzante Rosado. 40%Tempranillo, 25% Bobal, 35% Moscatel. A wine destined for the foreign market especially with a perfect blend between strawberry Bobal, Tempranillo greasiness and the typical flavor of muscat grapes without being anything extremely sweet. Slightly salty, sweet, perfect and easy to drink.

Cava Luna Rosado, with red salmon-coloured and lollipop highlights . The nose has notes of lollipop, citrus, strawberry and hay. The palate is slightly acidic with a sweet, fresh touch with fine bubbles. Persistent.

D.O. Cava from Valencia. Luna Rosé.
D.O. Cava from Valencia. Luna Rosé.

From there we went to Ramon Bilbao Rioja winery having the chance to taste their new vintage Rosé (2013): it has a lighter colour of onion skin. The nose has notes of white flowers, bakery, balsamic, with a slight fruity twist. The palate is like a lemon candy, with more embracing notes than the previous vintage, balanced and well-crafted but in my opinion it lacks complexity to be at the height of the other wines from winery (all outstanding).

Ramón Bilbao Rosé 2013. D.O. Ca. Rioja.
Ramón Bilbao Rosé 2013. D.O. Ca. Rioja.

We changed country and end up at a wine group that combines wines from Navarra, Italy and Argentina….

But that is going to be at the second part of this wine experience….

Would you recommend me a pink-rosé wine that you have recently discovered?

Aurora Rosé of Juvé & Camps.
Aurora Rosé of Juvé & Camps.

 

>>>>>>>>>> Read here the Secod part of this event “The Great Experience” <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

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