2016 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Rosado Rioja SKU #1291958


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Tasting Notes

Based in the Rioja Alta village of Badarán, Martínez Alesanco is a truly original bodega producing tasty, characterful wine for laughably low prices. They are entirely self-reliant in grapes, all of which are grown in their home village of Badarán, one of the coldest zones of Rioja Alta. The vineyards are closer to the Sierra de la Demanda mountains, a range whose elevation and visible snow covered peaks are even more dramatic than the Sierra Cantabria range to the north. Martínez Alesanco's Rosado is made from Garnacha and white Viura grapes in a typical "clarete" style for which this river valley is justly famous (the vineyards that Muga sources for their popular rosé are not too far away). Bright red berries, juicy blood orange and ripe citrus fruit combine to produce this mouthwatering, delicious rosé. You simply must try this one. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    You have to hand it to Joe Manekin, our Spanish buyer. Just when I begin to think that there are no great wines left undiscovered he brings home another treasure for our direct import program. This is an outstanding value - extraordinary quality at an unbeatable price! We drink a lot of rosé at my house throughout the summer and this 2016 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Rosado Rioja has quickly become our favorite "go to" wine any night of the week. Put another way, this is the wine that your obnoxious neighbor - the one who just returned from a two week vacation in Spain - always talks about. "The local wines are so inexpensive over there...but, of course, you can never get any of the really good stuff here in the U.S." Buy a bottle or two, invite him over for a glass, and prove him wrong.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Classic Rioja Rosado priced to keep your fridge full this summer. Blood orange, muted red berries and a little of the dusty mineral Rioja note. Light modestly round and refreshingly crisp perfect for any outdoor gathering, especially if there is a grill nearby.


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