Alfredo Maestro Sobrecasa Rosado Clásico 2017
£9.12 (Inc. VAT bot. 75 cl.)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There is one new Rosé, from a classical zone for such wines, Cigales, even if the wine called 2015 Rosado Clásico de Valladolid Parcela Sobrecasa is (like all the wines here) sold with the generic Vino de la Tierra de Castilla León appellation. It's produced with Tempranillo plus some 20% of other grapes (Verdejo, Palomino and Garnacha) from a vineyard that names the wine that was planted back in 1932 at 850 meters altitude on stony and alluvial soils. It was hand harvested, destemmed, crushed and fermented without skin contact in a 2,000-liter chestnut wood vat and some French oak barriques with indigenous yeasts. It didn't go through malolactic fermentation (but has a relatively high pH, 3.5) and was bottled after six months into 5,000 bottles in June 2016. It has a little appealing brownish color and a blurry nose with notes of clay and earth, with clear oxidative notes. The palate is consistent with what you find in the nose, really not up to what you should expect.