Los Dos Rose 2015
Pair with roasted beet salad, grilled chicken, fish tacos and other casual fare.
Los Dos is Spanish for "both" or "the two." The name reflects the fact that the wine is a blend of two complementary grape varieties, Garnacha and Syrah for the red and Muscat and Chardonnay for the white. Los Dos is made by Bodegas Aragonesas, a group of notable winemakers in the Campo de Borja DO in the northeastern region of Aragón. Syrah and Chardonnay are not common here and blending them with indigenous grapes was an unusual winemaking decision for Campo de Borja. But it has proven to be an extremely successful undertaking and has created two enticing blends that possess a rare elegance. Los Dos is located in the hot, continental Campo de Borja DO in Northeastern Spain, between the famed wine regions DOCa Rioja and Catalonia. Its vineyards are in the foothills of the Iberian Mountain Range near the Ebro River, in the northern part of the province of Zaragoza. This is a privileged area for growing vineyards due to the quality of its climate, its soil and the protection afforded by the mountains. Los Dos's special cuvées are produced from 15- to 35-year-old vines. Aging occurs in stainless steel, which makes the wines immediately aromatic, full and friendly, with a refined length.
Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.
Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.
Whether it’s playful and fun or savory and serious, most rosé today is not your grandmother’s White Zinfandel, though that category remains strong. Pink wine has recently become quite trendy, and this time around it’s commonly quite dry. Since the pigment in red wines comes from keeping fermenting juice in contact with the grape skins for an extended period, it follows that a pink wine can be made using just a brief period of skin contact—usually just a couple of days. The resulting color depends on grape variety and winemaking style, ranging from pale salmon to deep magenta.