2016 was Ripa Rosado's first vintage, and boy did it come out of the gate strong. 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.
Made by José Luis Ripa Sáenz de Navarrete. 18 months in 500 litre barrels. First vintage, and this is the only wine he makes. Orange/pink in colour. This is complex, layered and finely spiced with nuts, spice and marmalade, as well as some citrus notes. Very detailed with a wonderful savoury quality, as well as some taut citrus fruit, a touch of pear skin, and also some cherry hints.
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 is a fan of these more 'serious' rosés. His day job is 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, 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!