Hacienda Lopez de Haro Rosado 2015
You guys know I love rosé, I really do. I especially love rosés with interesting labels at incredible price points.
Enter this delicious Spanish rosé. It’s delightful.
You may recall, way back a few months ago, I wrote up a little Riojan Rosado made in the unusual “blending” method? This bottle is nothing like that bottle.
Sure, it’s from the same region but that’s where the similarities end. This Rosado is from a modern winery in Rioja Alta (the most elevated of the three subregions in Rioja) that I’ve been a fan of for years (I promise to review some of their reds soon because they are ace). So when I saw this rosé in the Vintages release last week I was thrilled.
It’s a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha, two of Spain’s most important grapes, and it’s perfect for this heatwave we’ve been having (but legit, I could see this as a Thanksgiving sipper because it’s got a bit of heft to it that can take it to cooler months).
Tempranillo is typically used in red Rioja, as well as a few other iconic Spanish wines. And it takes really well to oak but it can also produce lovely, juicy wines because it’s all about berries and texture. That’s probably why it also makes delicious rosés.
In France, Garnacha goes by another name, Grenache, and is a key grape in the Southern Rhone and Châteauneuf de Pape. It’s also essential to the Spanish wine scene, because it thrives in arid heat and produces delicious, often high-alcohol wines. I’ll definitely go over Garnacha more in the future, but for now let’s just say it’s the perfect playmate for Tempranillo – especially when blended into a lovely summer rosé.
Lopez de Haro has done a great job with this wine. I opened it with a friend while we gossiped over grilled sausages, kale, and corn and it was perfect. The air barely moved, it was sticky with heat, but this bottle cooled us down immediately. Plus, it totally complemented the food. What more could you ask for?
Nose: Strawberries and oranges. It smelled like summer, all red fruit and flowers. Like a not-gross sangria (maybe).
Palate: This is not a light rosé. It’s mid-weight with strong, persistent flavours that actually get better as it warms up (maybe I don’t need to buy an ice-bucket after all). It’s got great acidity for that refreshing feeling we’re all looking for but with delicious strawberry-orangey goodness that makes it so gulpable. I wish I’d taken better notes, but really the point is that this wine is super tasty and you’ll love it. Let’s not overthink it.