Celler del Roure - Vermell 2022
Celler del Roure continues to tinker with and improve this wine. Working off the success of their top-end wine, Safra, Roure opted to focus more on the Mando and Arcos grapes, moving from a combined 30% to 80%. Sacrificed was the 70% Garnacha Tintorera. Yeah… we’re getting nerdy here. Let me break it down a little more…
Mando is a slow-ripening grape resistant to high temperatures, yet produces wines with refreshing acidity and elegant fruit. Seductive floral aromas mingle with succulent red cherry and berry fruit flavors with a hint of spice on the finish. Arcos is a bit more intense in its aromatics and flavors, providing length to the finish. Garnacha Tintorera? It mostly adds color. It’s the least interesting of the three…
All of which is to say - you won’t miss it!
The bright, electric fruit flavors, vibrant acidity and moderate alcohol (13.5%) 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. Of course, it is an absolute perfect match with paella. Or try 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!
Wine Advocate: 92 Points
“The 2022 Vermell was produced with 50% Mandó, 30% Arcos and 20% Garnacha Tintorera, a very different blend from the 2020 I had tasted last time, with a lot less Garnacha Tintorera, turning more into a small brother of the Safrà and Parotet. It's a light red with 13.5% alcohol, a medium body and good freshness with brightness and pretty notes, perfumed and fresh. It's elegant, with finesse, and has much more elegant tannins. It's more serious, less rustic.” WA
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