2016 Juan Antonio Ponce "Las Cañadas" Rosado Manchuela

SKU #1311043 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Las Cañadas is the second vintage of their pale rosé. It is mostly all Bobal, but it contains 10% white Albilla grapes to give the wine more complexity in the palate and some of the salinity that is very evident in the white Reto. In fact, the production is very similar to Reto--direct pressing of the bunches and the must goes to ferment in 600-liter barriques with indigenous yeasts and kept with the lees without bâtonnage. As there was almost no skin contact, the wine is pale, but it has plenty of character and serious aromas that are earthier and more developed than other rosés often found in the zone; it's quite different. I'd call this clarete rather than rosado. Beautiful, refreshing and very pleasant. 90+ points. (LG)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

A delicious new rosé offering from one of our favorite Spanish winemakers! Juan Antonio Ponce is one of Spain's leading lights amongst a new, younger set of vignerons who pair their vineyard knowledge with serious discipline and curiosity in the cellar, often borrowing techniques from the north of the border, where their influences are more likely to reside in the Loire, Beaujolais and Burgundy than in Bordeaux. Used larger barrels and foudres, separate fermentations according to parcel, foot treading for the red wines, and no additions (apart from a minimal amount of sulphur) are a few of the typical work methods chez Juan Antonio.

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