In Spain, rosado means rosé, and when Bodegas Bleda makes a rosado, it means business. Made from 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre) grapes, this vivacious Spanish rosé literally glows with a cheerful pink color. Bodegas Bleda has installed state-of-the-art vinification facilities, and has vastly reduced the yields on its organically tended vineyards to a miserly 18 hectoliters per hectare. Because Monastrell has robust varietal character, this rosado packs a lot of flavor. A refreshing bouquet of fresh cut strawberries, herbs, and zesty citrus leads to flavors of red berry and ripe cherry, which sail over the palate before coming to a crisp, commendably dry finish. Subtle undercurrents of minerality and earth persist on the aftertaste. -- Ben Giliberti
The 2009 Berola is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Some oak enters the picture here, as this cuvee is aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for about 14 months. There are 1,400 cases of this serious red. While priced nearly twice as high as some of its siblings, this is a hefty, rich, impressive wine that will drink well for 7-8 years. Abundant notes of black currants, black cherries, licorice, flowers, vanillin and spice box are found in the aromas and flavors of this medium to full-bodied, silky, well-endowed wine. Unbelievable!
Harkening back to the elegant style of the 2001, 2004, and 2006 vintages, the 2008 Banda Azul opens with a rich perfume of dark cherries and vanilla; on the palate, the authoritative Tempranillo fruit is well-seasoned by notes of spicy vanilla oak from aging in new barrels. Although fully ready to enjoy now, this wine offers a significant aging potential of 3 to 9 years.
The 2011 Bodegas Zerran Tinto, which comes from the heretofore obscure region of Montsant, is the latest discovery of Jorge Ordonez, who has been ferreting out great, undiscovered values from Spain’s incredible diversity of regions for well over a decade. Located in the northeast corner of Spain, Monstant borders the well-known Priorat region, and benefits from same combination of proximity to the Mediterranean s ea, along with an excellent, well-drained soils. A blend of Grenache, Mazuelo and Syrah, Zerran come from gnarly old vine vineyards planted between 1934 and 1942, at an elevation of 1,500-1,800 feet. An excellent value, this wine received an impressive 92 point score from Robert Parker.