WHAT IS IT?
A rose wine from Marques De Caceres.
This is a light and refreshing wine, it is very fruity and I can tastes raspberries and strawberries in the flavour even though I am not very good at picking out different flavours in wine usually. It is sweet and tastes of the sugars you find naturally in fruit, it is not the sort of wine that is so sweet that it takes flavour away and it does not taste sugary.
WHAT I THINK
This is a very nice wine that is good for any time. It has a pleasant flavour and that means you can serve it with all types of food. I think it goes best with fish and chicken dishes because the flavour is so delicate but I was not very happy with my decision when I served it with a creamy pasta dish last weekend because the wine gave the sauce a bit of a funny taste whenever I had a sip between mouthfuls.
The flavour is strongest while I am drinking and the aftertaste is not very strong to me. The fruity taste lingers on my tongue and I think that is very refreshing. I like drinking this wine in the summer because of how light it is but it is very nice in winter as well. I like how the aftertaste is of a medley of berries instead of pure raspberries because it makes the wine seem a lot more interesting to me. The sweet flavour also comes through more in the aftertaste and this wine never tastes dry.
When I serve it at a dinner party I always offer a white as an alternative because I have noticed that men do not like this wine very much, my husband says it is too fruity for his palate and I think this is because of how strong the flavour of strawberry is.
This wine costs about £5 a bottle and contains 13% alcohol so be careful because it is so easy to drink that you could drink too much and end up drunk and feeling very sick.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I am lucky that having lived in Spain for many years I have been able to enjoy it's lovely food and wine which is generally of a very high standard. Some things do still surprise me though and one of them is the length of peoples names. You never get some one called just John Brown or Juan Brown. It is always Juan Brown of the windmill by the big hill . So I was not surprised by the fact that one of my favourite Rose wines has a long posh name attached to it. The title of Marques was granted to Juan Ambrosia Garcia de Caseres in the 18th century for his achievements as a Captain in the Royal Armada.Marques. Let us not be too overwhelmed by this though and fast forward to the 1960's when the Torres Bodega that makes this lovely orangey pink wine was founded by Enrique Forner and the name Was lent to him by the present Marques Don.Vicente Noguera y Espinosa de los Monteros. Lent, that is strange, will he want it back? will they have to take all the labels off?
This in no way detracts from this fruity wine which tastes and smells of strawberries and raspberries. It comes from the Rioja Alta region in the north of Spain and is made from a mix of grapes, Tempranillo 85% and Garnacha 15%. I always thought that rose wine was made from a mix of white and red grapes but this is not so. The colour depends on the length of time that the grape skins are in contact with the juice. n this case just a few hours before it is separated and fermented at a low temperature in stainless steel vats. The result is a vibrant coloured wine which is great to serve with light dishes of chicken and pork, vegetables and all light Med type food. The label on the bottle reflects the clear blush colour being in darker shades of pink with the coat of arms picked out in gold. It looks quite impressive.
Drink it Young!
Don't keep this too long though, it should be drunk within 21months of the date of vintage , my bottle is 2011 but there is no danger of it hanging around too long in our house. You will always be welcome if you turn up at a party or meal with a couple of bottles of this flirty, happy wine, the colour is spectacular and the taste fruity with a hint of flowers. It also bears the coveted Denominacion de Origin Calificada mark which means that it is a wine of true quality.It slips down easily but be aware that it is 13.5% vol so take care.As for temperature , between 8c-10c will bring out it's best qualities.
So if you come across the Marques please give it a try, at 5euros or around 5.00pounds for a bottle it is great value for a quality wine. I know it is sold at Morrisons but look around for special offers and if you do indulge please drink a toast to the original Marques who lends his name to this delicious, flirty, colourful wine.
5 stars from me.
Thanks for reading, please enjoy responsibly.
More info available at www.marquesdecaseres.com
Vivid, pale raspberry colour. Charming bouquet of red berries with a whiff of fragrant flowers in the background. Lusciously fresh in the mouth with full fruit and good structure. A vibrant, elegant rose. The perfect rose for fish, pork and chicken. An excellent accompaniment to Mediterranean cuisine: vegetables sauteed in olive oil, paell, pasta, and even lightly spiced dishes (thyme, larel, oregano etc.) It will even brighten up your table in the winter season! Discover this wine as an aperitif. A real tonic! Grape: 80% Temranillo, 20% Garnacha.