José Luis Ripa
Ripa Rosado, 2017

Rioja, Spain

£30.00

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José Luis Ripa
Ripa Rosado, 2017

Rioja, Spain

£30.00

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SIZE:
75cl

This is definitely not your average rosé. Rich and gastronomic, the bottle is bursting with notes of red berries, apricot and peach, layered with Mediterranean herbs and spice. The time in bottle and oak ageing, brings so much power to this amazing wine, making it the perfect accompaniment to fish and meat alike across all seasons. Enjoy now, or age for several years to come.

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Luis Gutiérrez - The Wine Advocate

The rosé 2017 RIPA Vino Rosado was produced with the must from the bleeding of 85% Garnacha and 15% Tempranillo from the Najerilla Valley. It fermented and matured in 500-liter oak barrels for 18 months. The wine is medium-bodied, with 13% alcohol and good freshness, hence easy to drink but still complex. It has notes of strawberry and an herbal twist with a medium-bodied palate. The oak is still noticeable, and there is a sweet twist in the finish.

About José Luis Ripa

There's a tendency to see rosé as a wine to be chilled down and drunk in the sun. But those in the know have been discovering more complex, textural rosés from Spain and France, names like Pibarnon, Trevallon, Tempier and the poster child of extended ageing Viña Tondonia.

'José Luis Ripa produces one rosé in Rioja, but his idea is the rosé from Château Simone—a rosé with more colour, more body, a rosé that goes with different food.'

Luis Gutiérrez

José Luis Ripa is a fan of these more 'serious' rosés. His day job is as commercial director at a well-known winery in Haro, but in 2016 he managed to get hold of some old-vine fruit from the Najerilla Valley, a tributary of the Ebro and made his first vintage of Ripa Rosado. The wine is mainly Garnacha with a touch of Tempranillo, the must is drawn-off slowly, then fermented and aged for 18-24 months in large oak vats, called bocoyes in Rioja. He only made 3,000 bottles in the first year, but he's gradually increasing that, without losing the artisan vision of the project. After all, he has his wife María José López de Heredia to keep him focused!

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