Temperatures are warming up in Los Angeles - again - this week, and this afternoon's "Sunny and 81" has me in mind of a Spanish rosado I tried a while back, Marques de Caceres.
This Rioja rosado is either a light strawberry color or a darker salmon. Either way, it makes a beautiful statement in the glass. 13.5% abv, it's a dry rosé made from 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. Let's smell it.
Aromas of raspberry dominate the nose for me, but there's a very nice floral layer underneath it. I wanted to say hibiscus, but I don't know how accurate that is. I'll just say it's a beautiful fragrance without any further elaboration.
Don't worry about this rosé being too sweet for you. It's nice and dry. The strawberry flavor is matched with raspberry notes and the taste lingers quite nicely afterward. The label suggests the usual pairings (paella, chicken, seafood) and I wouldn't argue with any of those. However, I had it with a dessert my wife made and the taste was exquisite. She created a mascarpone-based whip which we put on a cracked pepper and olive oil Triscuit. The wine really had a good time pairing with that unlikely match. We were duly impressed. Not to mention a bit surprised.