Marques de Caceres Rioja Rosado 2016
In 1970, Enrique Forner founded Marqués de Cáceres Unión Vitivinícola S.A., a historic alliance of growers in the village of Cenicero in the Rioja Alta subregion of Rioja. The enterprising Forner family has been devoted to the wine trade for five generations. Their search for the best vine growers and vineyards in Rioja and the introduction of a Bordeaux concept revolutionized the production and business model of the region. They work with one single objective: producing the highest quality wines. Today this obsession continues to be the leitmotif of Cristina Forner, the fifth generation of this distinguished wine family.
Wines from the Rioja region are the world’s most food-friendly wines and are predominantly produced from the Tempranillo grape. Located in North Central Spain, Rioja spans both sides of the Ebro River and is divided into three growing zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, and Rioja Oriental.
Indigenous to Spain, the Tempranillo grape is Rioja’s hallmark. Elegant and versatile, Rioja Tempranillo can be found in every expression of Rioja wines– from young and fresh to rich and complex. Tempranillo provides the backbone of Rioja wines, adding complex notes of red and black fruit, leather, toast, and tobacco. This versatility makes Tempranillo a perfect pairing for any cuisine.
Well-balanced with moderate alcohol, the wines of Rioja can stand up to flavorful dishes from all international dishes. Tempranillo Reservas and Gran Reservas bring out the best in savory meals like grilled steaks or lamb chops while lightly chilled young reds like Crianzas or Genericos pair well with simple pastas with light sauces. Rose wines are the perfect choice for any picnic, pairing well with salads and charcuterie. Rioja Whites (Viura grape) provide perfect acidity for any seafood dish.
As Spain's most celebrated wine region, Rioja’s quality standards are high. Every bottle of Rioja wine has a color-coded “trust seal” on the back of each bottle. This identifies authenticity and origin as well as the aging classification (Gran Reserva, Reserva, Crianza, Generico). Providing age on demand, Rioja is the only wine region in the world that releases wines when they are ready to drink, meaning wines are aged in barrel and bottled up to the time they are released.
Rioja is ready when you are for any occasion.
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.