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La Bodega de Pinoso "Torre del Reloj" Monastrell Rosado 2006, D.O. Alicante

Color: medium dark rosé with purple.
Nose: quite expressive, smooth, with lots of jammy, ripe fruit (strawberries, raspberries), some raisins, nice peppery and spicy, very clean and honest character.
Taste: full bodied, rich and smooth, soft, nice concentration, with ample alcohol, many nuances of ripe, juicy fruit, spicy, a touch of minerals, good acidity, but mild character, a touch of tannin and an attractive touch of bitterness, very clean and impressive balance for a "basic" wine.
Finish: medium intense, expressive with loads young and ripe red fruit, alcohol, some tannins and a touch of bitterness, but very smooth and round, clean acidity, good balance.

* Rich, soft and full bodied dry rosé, loaded with ripe and juicy fruit, obviously from a warm region: ample alcohol, spicy nuances, but with matching mild and clean acidity, clean, honest style, impressive balance for its very modest price. A great buy!

- This wine is intended to be drunk young. The expressive fruit demands early consumption. If kept too long the alcohol will start to dominate and the fruit will fade. Drink between now and second half of 2008.

- This wine is made of mainly Monastrell gapes with a dollop of Tempranillo and Syrah. The Monastrell (called Mataro in the New World) is not an easy ingredient if you want to make supple and soft wines. It is loaded with strong and fierce tannins. It is at least closely related to the French Mourvčdre (Bandol) grape, but has great fruit potential and can provide richness. These are always strong wines with good structure and extract, strong color and also a very spicy character in young wines that turns into more balsamic nuances after aging. Blending with other (less severe) grapes is common practice except in some regions as Jumilla and Yecla. Blending gives a more accessible style, Tempranillo provides freshness and elegance, Syrah intense fruit and freshness too.  
The Spanish seem to do the right thing when it comes to wine making. Huge investments were (and are being) made in the wineries and vineyards with impressive wines as a result. This astonishingly inexpensive wine offers next to its attractive fruity character an amazing price/quality ratio. La Bodega de Pinoso is a big cooperative producer to watch closely, since vintage 2006 several wines have made enormous progress. The style is more aimed at the demanding export market, before 2006 the local and Spanish market dictated the style: more sturdy and strong wines crying out for rich dishes. Now various wines are produced that easily can compete in style, quality and price with those of the New World. They still are unmistakably Spanish in style which is a very good thing these days: preserving the precious identity that makes wine so fascinating and enjoyable. Other range of wines: Pontos.
La Bodega de Pinoso is also producing excellent (since vintage 2006) organic wines too with the label/brand: Vermador tinto ecologico, Vermador blanco ecologico.

- lotnr.: 081716

- tasted: 01-03-’07

- estimated retail price ca. 4 euro

- average production: unknown

- La Bodega De Pinoso, Coop. V., Mrs. Katerina Prazakova, Paseo de la Constitución 82, 03650  Pinoso (Alicante) ; tel.: +34-965 477 04 ;  fax.: +34-966 970 149 ;  mobile: +34-620 341 237 ; e-mail: ;  web site: