VALDECUEVAS | Rosé | 2019
tempranillo | verdejo


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Today we are going to review a very special wine – one that conquered our hearts from the very first sip – Rosé 2019 by Grupo Valdecuevas. This rosé wine is a blend of two varieties: a red variety, tempranillo and a white variety, verdejo – this blending formula made us extremely curious and therefore, we had no choice but to give it a try. Verdejo is a white grape variety from the Rueda wine growing area in Spain and it usually makes light-bodied white wines with a nuanced herbaceous accent, quite similar to sauvignon blanc wines. On the other hand, Tempranillo is a red grape variety that for a long time was ignored by the outside world as it was considered a slightly rustic grape of strictly local appeal, because its flavour profile is mostly savoury rather than fruity. Now you know why we could not pass by this wine here – we are too curious to find out what it is like when you marry the beauty (a young verdejo that has been aged for 3 months on fine lees) and the beast (the powerful tempranillo that has been aged for 3 months in oak barrels). Only 2600 bottles of this wine has been made. That said, without further ado, let’s take a look at the wine tasting results.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

concentration: translucent
color: pastel-pink
clarity: clear
hue/rim: silver-grey

intensity: rich
fruit profile: red fruits | berry fruits
__red fruits: cranberry | rose hips | red apple | red plum | sweet cherry
__berry fruits: wolfberry | raspberry | red mulberry | berberry | goji berry
fruit character: ripe

non fruit: sweet
__sweet: berberry candy | cranberry candy
__wood: oldlight roast

sweetness: dry
acidity: med(+)
alcohol: high
tannin: med(-)
__grip: firm
body: round | medium
balance: good
__dominant: none
complexity: complex

fruit profile: berry fruits | red fruits
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: sweet
finish: med(+)
aftertaste: velvety-sweet

VALDECUEVAS | Rosé | 2019

variety: tempranillo | verdejo
country: Spain
region: Rueda
rating: 91.9

maturity: in its prime
verdict: fine | highly recommended
96x96This is definitely a fine wine of Spain and, with a total of 91.9 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.

Verdict: this is a very fine rosé wine that is right there, at the summit of its prime form: refreshingly crisp, firm and extremely appealing, with a nuanced fruity accent and mouth-watering acidity. The wine feels nicely balanced, well structured and quite complex for  rosé wine, with expressive notes of red fruits and berry-flavoured candy in the foreground and a touch of alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel. This is a rosé that is mixing power with finesse: very fresh and punchy, with a slightly seedy finale. We would recommend to drink this wine today as long as it is still young and beautiful and enjoy it at its finest, as this is a wine that is not meant for ageing. All in all, this is one of the best rosé wines we have tasted so far – rich, firm and crisp.

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