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(2021) The first of two wines from Ribera del Duero producer Protos, from their brand new rosé-dedicated winery in higher altitude Cigales is a bright, very pale pink blend of Grenache and Tempranillo. It opens with confectionery and pear-drop notes, before a palate that also feels a touch too confected for comfort: jammy strawberry and decent acidity adds up to a quaffable but not distinguished drink that feels to me to be rather too 'manufactured' for commerical appeal. No UK stockist listed at time of review.
(2021) No UK listing as yet for this second offering from Protos's new rosé project, which is very, very different from the 'Aire de Protos' in colour, a deep cherry pink to light-red. Made mostly from Tempranillo, there's lots of bubblegum and raspberry on the nose here, much more obvious red fruit character, though still a little tanky pear-drop too. The palate is sweet and creamy, with a dollop of residual sugar I think. I find this just a touch cloying, though there is acidity and generally good balance as well as plenty of flavour.
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