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Wine of the week: 2015 Bodegas Larchago Rosado

Rioja, Spain



Retail $14-$16

Since 1882, four generations of the Larchago family have farmed their vineyards and made wines in the Rioja Alavesa region in northern Spain. One of the nation's top wine producing areas, Rioja was the first Spanish region to be awarded a Denominacion de Origen designation. The Rioja Alavesa is bordered by the Cantabria Mountains to the north and west, which shield the vineyards from the cold, wet influences of the Atlantic Ocean. Tempranillo and garnacha grapes are the Rioja region's core grapes for red and rose wines. This bottling is made from all estate-grown tempranillo fruit. In the cellar, the wine underwent saignee, a process to make rose wines in which the juice from the must is drained to make the color and flavors muted. The wine fermented at low temperatures for 20 days and spent three months on its lees. In the glass, it offers aromas of strawberry and raspberry. On the palate, taste cherry, pomegranate and herbal notes. Drink it with boiled shrimp, crawfish etouffee, sushi, barbecue, oysters Bienville and Asian and Cajun dishes. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Bar & Market, Grande Krewe Fine Wine & Spirits, Acquistapace's Mandeville, Habano's & The Wine Seller and The Wine Market. Drink it at: Trinity, Cane & Table and Oak.

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