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.
Marqués de Riscal was founded in 1858. Based in the town of Elciego, in the Rioja region of Spain, it is one of the oldest Rioja wineries. In addition to the red wines produced out of Rioja, the winery has expanded to the Rueda area where they produce white wines.
The 2001 Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva was a red blend consisting of Tempranillo, Graciano, and Mazuelo (Carignan). The wine was aged in American oak for 32 months and spent an additional 3 years aging in the bottle prior to release (The great thing about Spanish wines is that the wineries age the wine for you.). The label listed ABV was 14%.
The first wines I ever drank came from Rioja. Over the years, I had tried Marqués de Riscal Reserva, but I had never tasted the Gran Reserva until I attended the Wine Spectator Grand Tour in New York City in May of 2012. The Gran Reserva was delicious that night. Unfortunately, the evening was not conducive to note taking.
I was pleasantly surprised when I found the Gran Reserva in stock at a local beverage store.
The town of Pesquera de Duero is home to Bodegas Emilio Moro in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. The winery produces six different red wines.
The 2007 Emilio Moro was 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo). The wine was aged in American and French oak for 12 months. The ABV was 14% and there were roughly 30,000 cases of this vintage produced.
I hadn’t tasted Emilio Moro for close to a year, not because I didn’t care for it, I was just focusing on other things. I had the opportunity to pick up a bottle and decided to give it a try.
Bodegas Valduero is located in the small town of Burgos in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. The winery produces a white, a rose, and several red wines. The reds include Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva.
The 2004 Bodegas Valudero Reserva Premium 6 Anos was 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo). The wine was barrel aged in four different types of oak for 36 months, and then spent an additional 36 months aging in the bottle. The label listed ABV was 14%.
While I have enjoyed many wines from Ribera del Duero, I was not familiar with Bodegas Valduero. The six years of aging intrigued me.
I decided to give the wine a try.
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.
Remirez de Ganuza produces red and white wines in the town of Samaniego, located in the Rioja region of Spain.
The 2004 Rioja I sampled was 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. The wine was aged for 24 months in oak casks (80% French and 20% American). The label reported ABV was 14%.
Despite being a fan of many Riojas, I was very unimpressed with this bottle.