2016 Castillo de Vinas Rosado Rioja SKU #1311287

$14.99

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Tasting Notes

Castillo de Viñas is a label put together by our good friend María Alvarez for her Spanish Wine Exclusives portfolio of wines (many of which we direct import ourselves). The Castillo de Viñas white and rosé both come from a true maestro in the village of Codorvín, Honorio Rubio. Having quickly earned a reputation amongst staff and our more savvy customers for producing whites which recall the great whites of Lopez de Heredia, this rosé bottling is produced from about 60% Garnacha and 40% Viura, the classic blend for "clarete" style rosé in this famous area of Rioja which pioneered the style. For fans of Muga's rosé, we would enthusiastically suggest this wine.

Staff Reviews

  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    3/7/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This pale rosé impressed me with its cool strawberry aromas, its great balance of clean, dry drive and generous fruit flavors, but most of all with its length. This is a long finishing, classy rosé from Spain that will easily compete with wines costing $10 more from provence.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    9/24/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    My new favorite rosé has arrived, just in time for the tail end of the season! This is the classic style of Rioja "clarete," which is to say a delicious blend of Garnacha and Viura, macerated together briefly and fermented dry, dry, dry. Flavors of tangy red berries, ripe citrus and peach skins carry an electric acidity, though texturally speaking this wine has plenty of weight to allow for a wide variety of food pairings. From Ossau-Iraty cheese to grilled salmon, or oven roasted chicken thighs with preserved lemons, tomatoes and olives, this wine is ready for whatever you throw its way. A wonderful old school expression of Riojano rosé, produced by one of the region's leading talents in Honorio Rubio.

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