This dry rosé is a vivid, expressive pink made from a blend of Garnacha tinta and Tempranillo grapes. It is a young wine that does not require barrel age after being bottled immediately after harvest. It smells like red fruit with a hint of aniseed against a gentle floral backdrop of violets and carnations. On the palate, it is sweet, with a refreshing, energetic structure and a nice acidity.
This is, without a doubt, a paella wine. Rosés from Rioja are usually medium-bodied and can stand up to the strong saffron and pimenton flavors found in many Spanish cuisine. This wine pairs well with a range of robust seafoods, including saltwater fish like swordfish and shellfish. It also complements light grilled meats like chicken or pig.
The Marqués de Cáceres winery is located in Cenicero, in the heart of La Rioja’s Rioja Alta sub-region. Because it produces a high amount of wine and employs many local families, this is the only location in the region with more than one vote in the Royal Economic Society of Rioja Winegrowers. This region was also a shelter for Bordeaux wine merchants, providing them with wine after their own vines were decimated by a plant epidemic in the mid-nineteenth century. Cenicero vines are among the oldest in the region, and hence among the heartiest.
Store your unopened bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 15°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.