Highlights: Ripa, a rosé from Rioja that’s being dubbed the new Tondonia

Ripa. It has been dubbed the new Tondonio rosé, but half the price. [For those not in the know, the rosé from Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonio has become a cult wine of late, and now fetches very high prices: some retailers make you buy six of the excellent but less culty red reserve in order to snag a single bottle of the rosé.] There’s a connection here: the man behind Ripa is José Luis Ripa Sáenz de Navarrete, who is married to Maria Jose Lopez de Heredia. He makes just one wine, this aged rosé from a hectare of vines in the Najerilla Valley, in Rioja Alta. It’s 85% Garnacha and 15% Tempranillo. 24 h maceration in stainless steel followed by 18 months ageing in 500 litre barrels. [I’ve updated this with a note on the new release, the 2017.]

Ripa Vino Rosado Cosecha 2017 Rioja, Spain
13.5% alcohol. Complex, fine and spicy with marmalade, and red apple. There’s lovely texture here. A complex core of citrus, pear and spice. This is such a textural and rich rosé. 94/00

Ripa Vino Rosado Cosecha 2016 Rioja, Spain
13% alcohol. Made by José Luis Ripa Sáenz de Navarrete. 18 months in 500 litre barrels. First vintage, and this is the only wine he makes. Orange/pink in colour. This is complex, layered and finely spiced with nuts, spice and marmalade, as well as some citrus notes. Very detailed with a wonderful savoury quality, as well as some taut citrus fruit, a touch of pear skin, and also some cherry hints. 94/100 (£30 The Sourcing Table – I declare an interest here as contributing editor)

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