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La Bodega de Pinoso "Torre del Reloj" Monastrell Rosado 2007, D.O. Alicante

Color: very light red / dark rosé.
Nose: quite expressive, rich, ripe and mild, brimming with jammy, strawberry and raspberry fruit, some spices, warm and also a touch of freshness, juicy and appealing, clean and honest.
Taste: full bodied, rich and smooth, soft, mild, good concentration, with lots of jammy and juicy fruit, dry, but also a whiff of sweetness (ample alcohol), some spices, clean, mild acidity, very clean and well balanced, impressive quality for a "basic" wine.
Finish: expressive, quite intense, very mild and smooth, rich and soft with loads of juicy, ripe red fruit, good balance.

* Rich, soft and full bodied dry rosé, brimming with juicy, ripe fruit, some spices and mild acidity, amazing balance, intensity and cleanness for a wine with such a modest price. Like last vintage again 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 2009.

- 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.: 0702

- tasted: 12-11-’08

- 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: