This week’s wine of the week is the 2013 Bodegas y Vinedos Minteabellon Avaniel Rosado which I tasted last night for the first time as part of a virtual tasting led by Snooth Editor-in-Chief, Gregory dal Piaz, and Sommelier Roger Kugler. Snooth virtual tastings are a great way to learn about a region and some of its wines. Last night’s edition was quite informative about Ribera, a place with a decidedly tough climate and a very high altitude. I always learn something new from these 60 minute conversations.
The wine was fruity and floral as you would expect from a good rose. It also had considerable acidity and minerality which allows it to pair well with a variety of foods. Additionally, it only costs around $14-$15 a bottle and comes in a very nice package, making it a great party gift for the Summer season. I found entries for the 2012 on Wine-Searcher.com in the States.
Bodegas Monteabellón was founded in the year 2000 in Nava de Roa. They own 70 hectares of vineyards around the township of Nava de Roa, in the provinces of Valladolid and Burgos, the heart of Ribera del Duero. The wine is made using 100% Tempranillo grapes and is fermented and aged in stainless steel. They don’t use the Saignee method but rather grapes from their young vines, 6-10 years old. According to Kugler, many make Rosados as a way of seeing the future of their grapes. They see these young grapes as a way of making adjustments for the future, if they need to. He noted that much of the Rosado doesn’t even make it to the US because they drink it all in Spain. After tasting this delicious wine last night, I can certainly see why.