Bodegas Taron Rosado Rioja Alta
Bodegas Taron is a cooperative based in the northernmost part of Rioja Alta. The cooperative is made up of four small towns; Cuzcurrita de Rio Tiron, Sajazarra, Villaseca and Tirgo. These four towns decided that as they share not only the landscape but their culture too, they would benefit from pooling together their vineyards and knowledge to create one Bodega focussed on creating high quality Rioja`s. Bodegas Taron have 700 hectares of vineyards spread over more than 1000 small plots. Some of the oldest vines are over 100 years old which go into making their premium wine; Cepas Centenarias.
This Rosado from Bodegas Taron is a traditional `clarete`, a 50/50 blend of white and red grapes. In this case it is a blend of Viura and Garnacha. As the winery and vineyards are situated in the northern point of Rioja Alta, traditionally the weather was not warm enough to make fully ripe red grapes so the dilute red wine was mixed with white to create a pale rose. Nowadays, thanks to global warming, the weather is warm enough to sufficiently ripen grapes but they have also kept making this traditional style of rose. The resulting wine is a delicate pale pink colour with notes of peaches and cherry blossom on the nose. The palate is crisp with summer fruit flavours and a fresh acidity.
Serve with shellfish or summer salads such as feta and pomegranate.