2016 Ostatu Rosado Rioja

SKU #1296581 90 points Vinous

 Pale pink. Bright and energetic on the nose, displaying intense red berry and floral qualities and a dusty mineral overtone. Fresh and light on its feet, offering tangy strawberry and red currant flavors and a refreshingly bitter suggestion of orange pith. Closes taut and nervy, displaying very good persistence and resonating florality. Drink 2017-2019. (JR)  (6/2017)

K&L Notes

Based in the Rioja Alavesa town of Samaniego, Ostatu has worked diligently to fine tune the style of their rosado and truly has produced one of our favorite, everyday value pink wines from Spain over the past few vintages. A blend of Tempranillo with some Garnacha and Viura, this rosé's gently hued pink color suggests a light touch and relatively quick skin maceration, as does its fresh, lively, red fruited profile. This is a big gulp type of wine, delicious on its own or with charcuterie, cheeses, veges and aioli, grilled fish, cured anchovies, roasted chicken, portobello "burgers," grilled veges with pesto, you name it ... (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2017 | Send Email
One of my favorite rose wines has returned, in a strong new vintage! This lovely little rosado is lighter in style, with crisp acidity and a nice dry finish. It is based primarily on Garnacha, so it has lovely floral aromatics and delicate red berry notes. Easy to drink on its own, this would also work well with lighter vegetable dishes or appetizers.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13