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(2022) Ramon Bilbao has cracked the secret of making a commercially attractive Provence-style pink from Tempranillo, clearly including early picking with its 12.5% alcohol. A sweetie, rose-hip and cherry lips character leads on to a fruity and fresh palate, a touch of residual sugar (I think) adding to the easy-drinking, summer in the garden pleasure.
(2021) I think it's fair to say that rose Rioja would once have been much deeper in colour, but like so many others this follows the Provencal path, pale and peachy pink, a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Tempranillo. There's a light yeastiness and creaminess over quite understated, lemony aromas. On the palate there is ripe, sweet fruit, as much about melon and citrus as red fruits, the 14% alcohol quite noticeable, but a bright finish a there is good fruit here.
(2020) A contemporary, pale-hued rosé from Rioja, this is 85% Garnacha (Grenache) with 15% of the white wine grape, Viura. There's a little bit of elderflower and passionfruit, presumably from the Viura which often exhibits those characters, onto the palate which is nicely concentrated with a bit of fruit skin grip and intensity, oranges and more of that passionfruit character, and keen citrus zest acidity, presumably early picking ensuring that raciness, with only 12.5% alcohol.
(2018) Full-fruited and attractively buxom for a rosé, this pale-ish but more deeply-coloured pink has loads of sweet, ripe berries on nose and palate, a big squirt of lemon juice acidity to freshen, and is enjoyable in an unpretentious and straightforward way.
(2016) Made from 100% Garnacha (Grenache), this has a fashionably pale peachy/salmon colour and pretty nose with dry red fruits, some floral notes and a cool watermelon character. Bone dry, it has more tight reducurranty fruit and a bit of texture, in a savoury, food friendly dry style.
(2015) 12.5% abv. From the top Rioja house of CVNE, a blend of the white Viura with colour coming from Tempranillo. Moderately deep in colour (by today's fashion) this has a touch of Tempranillo earth and smoke, but more of Viura's herby and lemony freshness, with pleasing red berry notes. The palate is very easy going, with a softness to this, fairly low key acidity, and charming fruit. A rosé of class, if not hugely distinctive.
(2015) Alc 12.5%. Quite a pale, Provençal-style colour that is not really traditional for a pink Rioja. Made from 100% Garnacha Tinto, it has a cool, peach and yellow plum fruitiness, quite delicate with a blossom lift. It's not hugely distinctive, but it is well-made and clearly successful in its Provence lookalike pitch, with savoury lemon acidity and a dry red fruit quality into a decent finish.
(2013) 13.0%,Screwcap. A blend of 60% Garnacha, 30% Viura and 10% Tempranillo from 30-year-old vines, fermented and aged two months in 1,000 litre wooden vats. Very pale and delicate colour, nice notes of tobacco and softly earthy, softly creamy fruit. The palate has a lot more raspberry and strawberry sundae sweet fruit ripeness than you might guess from the nose, really charming and finishing with fresh dry acidity.
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