The town of Cenicero in the Rioja region of Spain is home to Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres. The winery produces 5 red wines, 3 white wines, and 1 rose wine. The varietals they use for their wines include Tempranillo, Garnacha (Grenache), Graciano, and Malvasia.
The 2010 Marqués de Cáceres Rosado was 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks (no oak at all). The label listed ABV was 13.5%. The winemaker recommends consumption within 21 months from the date of its vintage.
With all the Italian Rosati I have been enjoying this summer, I was dying to try a good Spanish Rosado. Unfortunately, most of the local stores only had very old vintages available. Eventually, I was lucky enough to find the 2010 Marqués de Cáceres Rosado at a discount beverage store. I’ve known Marqués de Cáceres wines for many years and commented on their Gran Reserva a few months back.
I was looking forward to trying their Rosado.
Prior to tasting, the wine was chilled.
The primary aromas from the glass were citrus, red berries, and peach.
Taking a sip, melon was the first thing I recognized. This was followed by red berries, with strawberry being prominent. There was something else in the background, a slight hint of what I would swear was banana. The entire mix was absolutely delicious. While the wine was fruity, it was not the slightest bit sweet.
The finish was medium, longer than I had expected, containing a whisper of vanilla.
This Rosado was very light and quite refreshing. The 2010 Marqués de Cáceres Rosado was $8.54 in the discount store (wait, did he just say he drank a bottle that cost $8.54! Yes…yes, I did.). It offers significant value at that level. Keep in mind the winery’s recommendation to consume it within 21 months of release. That leaves a month or so for the 2010. Find it, buy it, drink it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.