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Marques de Caseres is a rich red wine from the region of Rioja in the north of Spain. If the rose wine is the flighty, pretty sister of the family then the red is her handsome older brother, more serious, more grown up and definitely a good dinner date!
Through my many years of living in Spain and working as a stewardess on different boats I have become well acquainted with The Marques de Caseres wines and generally, unless the owner is a wine expert they usually left the choice of wines up to me. I was always confident that if I served this dark cherry red wine it would be very acceptable and at around 6.75euros about 7.50pounds, a very reasonable price. The wine has been aged in oak barrels, in this case for 12 months and then further aged in the bottle for at least 14 months.As it ages the taste becomes deeper and rounder. The Marques de Caseres Bodega was founded in the 1960's by an experienced wine producer Enrique Forner who had an impeccable background as a wine producer in France. The area of Rioja Alta was chosen for it's ability to produce the Tempranillo grapes and a huge bodega was built where there are now over 40,000 oak barrels, that's a lot of barrels!.
The mix of 85% Tempranillo grapes and 15% Garnaca Tinto and Graciano grapes produce a deeply ruby, red wine which looks beautiful in the glass. In the bouquet there soft, red, forest fruits and floral notes with a hint of the oak barrels which give it a bit of spice. The taste is as good as the smell, rich, fruity and round and to my mind is a good choice for a winter dinner party. It compliments cold weather types of food , stews, roasts and grilled meats and aslo the strong tasting chorizo sausages and pates that are popular in Spain. Don't get too hung up on matching wine and food thogh, drink what you like with what you like. It is the kind of wine that you feel it is doing you good as you drink it and just right for chilly days.
The bottle is very attractive and mixes old styles with new. It bears the coat of arms in gold on a cherry red background with M C picked out in a little lighter red, this design is echoed on the neck of the bottle too with the crest on top of the cork. It looks quite imposing and your hosts will welcome you in if you come bearing a couple of these bottles. At 13% vol it is quite a heady drink and should be served between 16C and 18c. If you are feeling rich you can indulge in the reserva, sold four years after the harvest, or even the gran reserva, sold six years after the harvest, mine is the humble 2008 but I am still looking forward to drinking it over the winter. Whichever you choose I think you will not be disappointed with The Marques as a dinner guest.
5 stars from me. A lovely rich red wine.
I have seen this wine on sale inMorrisons in Gibraltar which is tax free so look out for offers in your local branch.
Thanks for reading my review, cheers!
P.S.If you are looking for a luscious white wine, try Esmerelda by Torres, juicy, fresh and fruity
"Attractive, bright ruby red colour. Redefined bouquet of black cherries and blackberries with a soft touch of aromatic Mediterranean herbs. Lusciously fresh and fruity in the mouth where rich fruit (cherries, strawberries, raspberries) and notes of cinnamon mingle to give a pleasant fullness with a backbone of silky-smooth tannins. Long-lasting, unctuous finish. A splendid vintage that is velvety-soft and elegant. A perfect accompaniment to Mediterranean cuisine, fried food, grilled vegetables, pulses, paella and other rice dishes, pasta, fish in tomato sauce, ham, chorizo, pâté, beef (roast,stewed or grilled) and cheese (mild or medium matured). Serve at 16-18°C. Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha."