Wine Wednesday: Marqués de Cáceres Rosado Rosé

Along with Torrontés wines from Argentina (which I wrote about last week), one of my favorite types of wine to drink during summer are rosés. They’re refreshing, fruity, lovely to look at — what more could you ask for?

Unfortunately, a lot of rosés aren’t very good. Although this is true of most (all?) types of wine, rosé seems to suffer especially. So many of them are too sweet and one-dimensional. You’re just as likely to pour the bottle down the sink as finish it.

Fortunately, I’ve found several so far this season that I’ve enjoyed. One of them is the 2014 Rosado Rosé from Marqués de Cáceres, a noted Spanish producer of Rioja wines.

The Marqués de Cáceres Rosado Rosé 2014 is a coral-red color, standing in contrast to the pale pinks of most French rosés. It has a moderately intense aroma, with the smell of ripe red berries paired with a more subtle floral bouquet.

This wine is crisp and medium-bodied — a little fuller than I expected — slightly tart and very fruity. It’s a nicely restrained rosé, dry and well balanced. You could enjoy this as an aperitif or pair it with Mediterranean food, pasta, or grilled chicken. An excellent value for the price.