2014 Honorio Rubio "Lias Finas" Rosado Rioja SKU #1311288


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Tasting Notes

Honorío Rubio is a Riojano white and rosé specialist. In a land best known for its incredibly age-worthy reds, among many die-hards out there it is undoubtedly the traditional whites which represent Rioja's finest and most original wines. We would add as well the barrel aged rosés, which are incredibly rare (Lopez de Heredia's has not been available for over 5 years, and we hear that they will finally have a little bit of the next release, 2008, in 2018!) Honorío makes an absolutely killer rosé, from some of his oldest Viura and Garnacha, briefly macerated and co-fermented, then aged 16 months in used barrels (which previously held his Lias Finas white wine). An inimitable, rich and bright, incredibly food friendly style of rosé.

Staff Reviews

  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    Easily one of the best rosé wines we currently have in store. This offering from Honorio Rubio is made in the clarete style from both Garnacha (60%) and Viura (40%) grapes. It is beautifully expressive on the nose with aromas of Bellini and raspberry crème brûlée, button mushrooms, and soft cheese. Flavors on the palate initial in ripe peach and strawberry, and slowly lead into bourbon vanilla and mineral notes on the finish. The acidity and round texture of this wine lend it to being incredibly versatile in food pairing applications. It is very easy to enjoy some Jamón Ibérico with it as well!
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    If you're in the market for serious, expressive, barrel aged rosé, Honorio Rubio makes a wonderful rendition. His long lees aged rosé is a classical local Rioja style known locally as clarete: a blend of 60% Garnacha and 40% Viura, which combines red fruit with Viura's focused acidity and in this case, a lovely peach skin quality as well. Served with top quality ibérico, it makes for a memorable special occasion food and wine pairing.


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