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2017 Aguila Clarete Picaro VV Rose

Aguilla

Regular price $27.99

While this is a rose-colored wine, it is a 'clarete', not a rose.  This means it is a wine made by co-fermenting red and white grapes together, rather than making a rose wine with a light press of only red grapes or the saignee method, also only red grapes where juice is bled out of a tank of red wine to concentrate the must.

Before we get into the weeds, I'll just say that this wine reminds me very much texturally of Domaine Tempier rose, maybe the greatest rose wine in the world from Bandol in the south of France.  I visited with Jorge in Spain a few years ago and here is my article from my website LINK.

In the years gone by (the old school), clarete was a common wine of Ribera del Duero, not classically a rosé but certainly pink in color. Picaro Clarete is actually made by treading, or blending, a mix of whole cluster red and white grapes bunches in tank followed by a couple days' maceration, then into large oak vats for a slow fermentation.  After about 8-9 months, the wine is transferred to neutral French and American oak barrels where it ages for 16 months before bottling.  This is a SERIOUS "rose", or clarete more importantly.  It has body, some tannin, so textural depth, as well as a vinous quality that marries both red and white wines.

  • Grapes: Tempranillo, Albillo, Garnacha, Bobal
  • Soil: Sandy clay limestone, heavier clay soils, gravel
  • Vinification: Whole cluster crushing by foot in tank, two day maceration, slow natural yeast fermentation in oak vats (8-9 months)
  • Maturation: 16 months in neutral oak barrels, no racking

2017 - 93pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
It's a wine with aromas of a white and the soul of a red, really different from a rosé. It fermented slowly in oak casks for eight to nine months in a very cold underground cave and matured in cask for some 23 months. Despite the warm and low-yielding year (2017 was a year of terrible spring frost in the region), the wine keeps a moderate alcohol and very healthy pH. This has already developed the beautiful spicy perfume that makes me think of the rosé from López de Heredia. The 2017 is open and seems to have developed a little faster. The wine is balanced and tasty, without the chalky and fresh sensation of the 2019, perhaps a little like the 2012 (the first vintage released). Even if this is developing a little faster, the color is very stable.

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