Made from a combination of Garnacha tinta and Tempranillo grapes, this dry rosé is a bright, expressive pink in color. Going straight to the bottle from harvest, it is a young wine that does not require a barrel-aging period. It has the scent of red fruit with a touch of aniseed on a delicate floral backdrop of violets and carnations. It is sweet on the palate, with a refreshing, lively structure and a pleasant acidity.
This is a paella wine, through and through. Rosés from the Rioja region are typically of medium body and can stand against the strong saffron and pimenton flavors incorporated in many Spanish dishes. This wine is wonderful with a wide variety of hearty seafoods, such as saltwater fish like swordfish, and a variety of shellfish. It also goes well with light barbecued meats like chicken or pork.
The Marqués de Cáceres winery is located in Cenicero, in the heart of the Rioja Alta sub-region of La Rioja. This is the only area in the region to have more than one vote in the Royal Economic Society of Rioja Winegrowers, because it produces a large volume of wine and employs many local families. This region was also the refuge of Bordeaux wine merchants, their source of wine when their own vineyards were destroyed by a plant plague in the middle of the 19th century. Cenicero vines are some of the oldest in the region, and therefore, some of 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 5 to 7 days standing upright in the refrigerator.