This is a really intriguing wine that I’ve fallen in love with, and which I buy. It’s the in-between land – not a red wine, not a rosé, but a clarete, made from old vines high up in Ribero del Duero by one of the region’s top producers. And it is ageworthy.
Pícaro del Aguilar Clarete Vinhas Velhas 2016 Ribera del Duero, Spain
13% alcohol. Orange-pink in colour, this has a complex, spicy nose of orange peel, vermouth, sandalwood and mandarin. The palate is vivid with good acidity and a fine spicy quality, as well as orange peel and almond and some cedar spice. This complex wine, somewhere in between red and white in style but not really a rosé, is ageing beautifully, showing a lovely savoury dimension. 94/100
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