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Posted: Friday, August 10 2007. 1:00 PM

Robert Parker Rates Spanish Rosés High

Robert Parker has devoted one of his latest columns in Business Week to praise the good health of rosé wines. After considering the changes that these wines have undergone in their quest for quality over the last few years, he now makes his own personal recommendations. On this occasion the list is made up of nine wines, of which three are Spanish, reports Wines of Spain.

“Dry, Sophisticated - And Pink”, is the headline of the column where Parker, the most eminent international wine critic, talks about the path that rosé wine has taken over recent years. “Sales of rosé have been climbing over the past few years as consumers discover that pink wine can be crisp and dry, not just sugary plonk…most rosés generally are food-friendly but equally enjoyable as aperitifs”, he explains.

Parker’s list in made up of vintage wines from 2006. Of the nine wines on the list, the three Spanish wines are placed in the first four positions. The first, Protocolo Rosado (88 points) from Dominio de Eguren, he says stands out for its, “…bouquet of cranberries and raspberries…light in body, hot pink in colour…” and considers it, “…terrific value”. Next is Mas Donís a wine from DO Montsant by Celler de Capçanes, which Parker describes as having, “… excellent acidity for a great price”. And lastly, Muga Rosado, made by the bodega of the same name and registered with QDO Rioja, he considers as one of the best Spanish rosés with its, “…wonderful sweet cherry notes with some flowers and touches of lavender and Provençal herbs”. These are just some of the characteristics that the prominent critic is adamant about.

These three wines rub shoulders with other rosés from France, California and Australia.

The Eguren family owns some of the top bodegas in Spain, from the value oriented Dominio de Eguren bodega to the Sierra Cantabria, San Vincente and Viñedos de Paganos bodegas in the Rioja DOCa region, two of which I visited during my visit to Rioja last summer. The Tempranillo and Granacha based Roses are a testimonial to the passion of Eguren brothers one of whom is the winemaker. I also visited Bodega Muga in Haro, Rioja, an old family winery steeped in traditional winemaking methods, being modernized by the present generation of young Muga cousins.

To add to the list , I must mention Valduero Rosado from DO Ribera and Rosado Gran Feudo from Bodegas Chivite, in Navarra are very good quality Rose wines from Spain that we have tried in India. In fact, North West part of Spain (except Galicia)does a let better with Rose’s made from Tempranillo and Granacha than whites. So it is not surprising that Robert Parker is enamoured with the Pink-editor.



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