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WBW#35: Passionate Spanish Wines

This month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday (WBW) event is brought to us by the folks at My Wine Education, Michelle and Kevin. Their challenge for us this month was actually a three part challenge:
      • Taste a Spanish wine – either white or red
      • Try to keep it under US$10 
      • Stay away from Rioja!

Well it just happened that I had the perfect wine on-hand that I’d been hoping to open soon.  However, it actually wasn’t either white or red but instead is a rosé!  And it turns out with the heat wave the country is currently experiencing – even here in the Seattle area the temperatures are predicted to be close to or at 100°F for the next couple days – this wine would be perfect for cooling you down! 

I actually bought this wine last year as one of the wines for my (overly) ambitious plans for rosé tasting all summer long.  I don’t remember the exact price but I’m fairly confident it was between $10 – $12.  And it is from Penedes, which is about an hour south of Barcelona and is known for whites, reds and cavas – Spain’s version of sparkling wine

This rosé I selected, 2005 Pares Balta Ros de Pacs rosé caught my eye for a couple of reasons.  The color is intense!  Way darker than most rosés, yet still crystal clear.  Upon examining the label more closely I noted that the grapes were Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot something I don’t remember seeing on a rosé label in the past. 

As you can see from the photo this wine is very pretty and almost the color of strawberry or cherry Koolaid!  I served this wine very chilled.  The nose is super delicate, much lighter than expected given the deep color.  I could just get a whiff of creamy strawberry, if I worked at it. 

The taste, however is much more assertive!  There was still some strawberry and some cherry – but more like dried fruits than fresh.  A hint of floral.  I thought that rose didn’t seem quite right that it seemed more like geranium and so I consulted my wine wheel to see what description was closest to geranium and was very surprised to see that is an actual descriptor!  I believe this is the first time I’ve ever used it!

This wine is off-dry, not really sweet but not quite as acidic as some. Each sip pleasantly lingers and then fades leaving you feeling refreshed.  

I thought it was quite nice on it’s own but also paired it with a Thai inspired chicken recipe that had a bit of heat to it and caprese salad.  The wine went well with this meal the coolness of the rosé negating the heat of the chicken.  

The only thing I did not care for was when the wine warmed up the flavor became very maraschino cherryish and sweeter.  I don’t like maraschino cherries so I did not think this was a good thing.  Then again, I like my rosé chilled so normally this would not be an issue.

I think this is a great choice for summer sipping!  It’s beautiful, tasty, will cool you down and at this price could easily be a party wine – what more can you ask for?         



  1. Marcus permalink
    16-Jul-2007 4:16 pm

    Well done Brenda. You\’ve sold me on the whole deal. I did a rosé paired with dinner for WBW35 too (but you totally knocked it out of the ballpark with that yummy looking thai dinner, especially compared to my boring pizza). Btw I think I\’ve tasted that geranium in other Cab rosés – it seems to be the flavour of the young but heavy tannin coming though. I\’m thinking especially of a Chilean rosé I posted about last week — the third one listed here. It\’s a buyer-beware taste if you ask me!

  2. Culinary permalink
    17-Jul-2007 7:16 am

    Hi Doktor!  ;-)  Nice to hear from you.  I didn\’t mind the geranium as long as the wine was cool but I think you\’re right in that\’s probably what pushed into the not-so-good category once the wine warmed up.  Sound like you\’ve been doing quite a bit of rose tasting! 
    ~ B

  3. 17-Jul-2007 6:12 pm

    OK, I admit it.  I\’m stuck on Rioja appelation.  ;-)

  4. Culinary permalink
    17-Jul-2007 9:14 pm

    Hi BH!  Nice to hear from you. :-)  Hey, there\’s nothing at all wrong with Rioja – it\’s very popular because of all the great wine that comes from there.  I think the point of this exercise was just to realize that Spain has several other great regions, too. 
    ~ B

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