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.
Domaine de Nizas is located in the village of Caux in the Languedoc area of Southern France.
The winery produces several red wines, one white wine, and one rose wine.
The 2010 Nizas Rose was a blend made up of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 20% Mourvedre. The wine was aged for 3 months in stainless steel tanks. It carried an ABV of 13.5% and an AOC classification.
In honor of Languedoc Day on the 3rd of May 2012 (expertly pointed out to us by a fellow blogger. Thank you, Ernest!), I set out in search of a wine from that region. This rose was the only wine I could locate nearby.
In general, I am not a very, big fan of rose wines.
That said, this bottle was a pleasant surprise.
El Coto de Rioja is based in the town of Oyon in the Rioja section of Spain. The winery produces four red wines, one rose, and one white wine.
The 2001 Coto Real Reserva was a red blend, consisting of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 10% Garnacha Tinta (Grenache). The wine was aged in oak barrels for 20 months, and then for an additional 24 months in the bottle. Its labeled ABV was 13.5%.
Previously, I had tasted the 2004 Coto de Imaz Reserva and the 2001 Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva. Having positive results with those samples, I was looking forward to the Coto Real.
It delivered in line with expectations.
Bodegas Muga is based in the town of Haro in the Rijoa region of Spain. The winery produces red, white and rose wines using a number of different varietals.
The 2004 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Seleccion Especial was a red blend, made with 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha (Grenache), 7% Mazuelo (Carignan), and 3% Graciano. The wine was aged for 28 months in oak casks, and an additional 12 months in the bottle. It carried a label listed ABV of 14%.
Having tried a number of their wines over the years, I was looking forward to this tasting.
The wine delivered within expectations.