2014 Honorio Rubio "Lias Finas" Rosado Rioja

SKU #1311288

Honorío Rubio is a Riojano white and rosé specialist. In a land best known for its incredibly age-worthy reds, among many die-hards out there it is undoubtedly the traditional whites which represent Rioja's finest and most original wines. We would add as well the barrel aged rosés, which are incredibly rare (Lopez de Heredia's has not been available for over 5 years, and we hear that they will finally have a little bit of the next release, 2008, in 2018!) Honorío makes an absolutely killer rosé, from some of his oldest Viura and Garnacha, briefly macerated and co-fermented, then aged 16 months in used barrels (which previously held his Lias Finas white wine). An inimitable, rich and bright, incredibly food friendly style of rosé.

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Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2017 | Send Email
Easily one of the best rosé wines we currently have in store. This offering from Honorio Rubio is made in the clarete style from both Garnacha (60%) and Viura (40%) grapes. It is beautifully expressive on the nose with aromas of Bellini and raspberry crème brûlée, button mushrooms, and soft cheese. Flavors on the palate initial in ripe peach and strawberry, and slowly lead into bourbon vanilla and mineral notes on the finish. The acidity and round texture of this wine lend it to being incredibly versatile in food pairing applications. It is very easy to also straight for some Jamón Ibérico!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/24/2017 | Send Email
If you're in the market for serious, expressive, barrel aged rosé, Honorio Rubio makes a wonderful rendition. His long lees aged rosé is a classical local Rioja style known locally as clarete: a blend of 60% Garnacha and 40% Viura, which combines red fruit with Viura's focused acidity and in this case, a lovely peach skin quality as well. Served with top quality ibérico, it makes for a memorable special occasion food and wine pairing.

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5