Celler del Roure - Safra 2021
Reading up on this wine is a very deep rabbit hole. It’s made from 70% Mando and 30% Arcos, indigenous grapes found only in Valencia. After fermentation in stone lagars and tanks, the wine is aged for 6 months in amphorae buried in the ground inside tunnels.
And… yeah… I could go on…
But let’s just get to the wine…
Absolutely stunning… aromas of raspberries, cherries and chocolate lead into a pure, focused wine. “Huh?” What I mean is there is no oak to obscure or otherwise dominate the flavors. What you smell is what you get – raspberries, cherries, chocolate… a little bit of rose petal and citrus. The fruit is ripe and succulent. The tannins are present, but soft. You can Google and geek out about the wine if you want. But it is just so darn seductive and drinkable that you probably won’t!
Comparisons? Well, the flavors are unique, of course. But I would wager you will enjoy this if you partake of Oregon Pinot, Burgundy, mid weight Grenache/Garnacha, ripe Loire Cabernet Franc, Mencia…
The bright, electric fruit flavors, vibrant acidity (3.45 pH) and moderate alcohol (13%) make this a textbook example of a wine destined for the table. It won’t overpower lighter foods yet has just enough tannins and alcohol to stand up to heavier options. And the acidity will cut through any richness thrown at it. Try with one of my favorites from the region – revuelto: eggs scrambled with beans, garlic onions and ham. Man, the Spanish love their eggs, and so do I! Not just for breakfast, folks! Or… Paella! Click the pic for a classic take from the region that invented it - Valencia!!!
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