Rose style wines aren't just for summer when its 40 degrees and your sitting under a tree eating a dodgy ham and cheese roll from a picnic hamper. I like to drink rose all year round and it is a perfect match for so many foods. One of the key things with rose for me is to use it as a food wine, that is its real place in life. So, you don't want huge flavours but you do want a good wack of acid for freshness, balance and length. A bit of texture is nice. Dry or with a bit of sweetness depends on the food, an off dry rose works very well with a salad with bitter leaves and blue cheese. But of course, you don't make friends with salad.
Anyway, Artazuri is a project from the good people at Artadi, the famed Rioja producer. 100% Garnacha with a little skin contact for that lovely colour.
Looks like petrol in the glass, the old unleaded stuff. A subtle nose of strawberry, mountain herbs, a little bit of earthiness and raspberry. Crisp and fresh in the mouth with a pleasing level of acid, good weight and texture. The palate mimics the nose for the most part, subtle and dry with a mid-length finish. Excellent with food.89 Pts.
Source: The Spanish Acquisition Price: $20 Closure: Conventional Cork