(2020) One of the more unusual and more interesting pink wines here, principally because it is a rare barrel-fermented rosé, the blend composed of 54% Garnacha (Grenache) and 46% Tempranillo, from Chivite's Navarra vineyards in northern Spain. There's a white partner too, which I'll be tasting soon, and both come in a striking amphora-shaped bottles with an inscription on the back that explains that the wines are produced in collaboration with the fabulous 3* restaurant, Arzak, in San Sebastian, where I had a fabulous meal a couple of years ago. The rosé is pale in colour and pretty on the nose, the aromas immediately betray that barrel influence from the Alliers oak, vanilla, toast and a touch of truffle, but that's amongst the fragrant raspberry and summery, blossom fruits. In the mouth that creaminess and toast from the barrel is evident again, adding lots of intrigue, and melting into the soft pillow of red berries, a good and slightly salty acidity, all completing a fascinating picture.
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