Summer Sips: Rosé from Rioja

Warm weather and sunny pool days have us pretty much constantly craving a good bottle of rosé. Celebrate summer with delicious rosé wines from Rioja with Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes as the stars of each sip.

Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes are the main attractions in Spain’s favored Rioja wine region. And for good reason. But these grapes and this region is not just for red wines, rosé wines thrive here too!

Since 1970, Marqués de Cáceres has led the renaissance of wines in Rioja and bottles two different Tempranillo Rosés. With this style of rosé wine, you can expect a pale pink hue that blends a bit of Garnacha grapes to add floral notes to the glass.

Marqués de Cáceres 2018 Rosé: $13
96% Tempranillo, 4% Garnacha
This is a dry wine that is very fruity and light, made from grapes selected from the highest slopes of the Rioja Alta. A floral bouquet of small red berry fruits and a slight touch of aniseed hit the nose with beautiful acidity on the tongue. This is a wine that is easy to pair with a variety of occasions and foods. It’s a crowd pleaser!

Marqués de Cáceres Excellens Rosé: $20
60% Garnacha tina, 40% Tempranillo
A selection of vineyards planted with Garnacha Tinta at high altitudes are what provide this wine with its beautiful finesse. The Tempranillo vines are planted on fresher slopes located in Rioja Alavesa. Silky in the mouth with hints of peaches and pear make this wine fresh and juicy-tasting.

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