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Señorio de Sarría Rosado, Navarra 2013

Rose Wine from Spain - Navarra
Bodega de Sarría, located in the heart of Valdizarbe in Navarra, covers an area of 210 hectares with vineyards stretching out over the slopes and hillsides of the El Perdón mountain range and along the riverbanks of the river Arga in Miranda de Arga. Gentle yet full-flavoured rosado which is smooth, soft and fruity.
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Code: SP8971

Wine characteristics

  • Rose Wine
  • Dry
  • Grenache/Garnacha
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Navarra

Navarra’s ancient winemaking heritage has not left it looking backwards and today the region has a well-earned reputation for modernity, innovation and improving quality. Like most Spanish wine regions it possesses a state funded research facility, the Estacion de Viticultura y Enologia de Navarra, that has been particularly influential, proactive and successful in its endeavours to advise and assist the growers of the region. Navarra lies to the north-east of Rioja on the pilgrim route to Santiago di Compostela in Galicia, a fact that has been instrumental in the growth and reputation of the regions vineyards and wines as pilgrims slaked their thirst as they passed through. Despite this, and though a part of the Rioja vineyard area straddles the River Ebro and occupies a small piece of Navarra, the wines of Navarra itself have for many years been somewhat in the shadow of their more famous neighbour and have not, until recently, enjoyed the same level of investment and international...
Navarra’s ancient winemaking heritage has not left it looking backwards and today the region has a well-earned reputation for modernity, innovation and improving quality. Like most Spanish wine regions it possesses a state funded research facility, the Estacion de Viticultura y Enologia de Navarra, that has been particularly influential, proactive and successful in its endeavours to advise and assist the growers of the region. Navarra lies to the north-east of Rioja on the pilgrim route to Santiago di Compostela in Galicia, a fact that has been instrumental in the growth and reputation of the regions vineyards and wines as pilgrims slaked their thirst as they passed through. Despite this, and though a part of the Rioja vineyard area straddles the River Ebro and occupies a small piece of Navarra, the wines of Navarra itself have for many years been somewhat in the shadow of their more famous neighbour and have not, until recently, enjoyed the same level of investment and international focus.

The region today is divided into five main vineyard areas. In the cooler, wetter north, closer to the Pyrenees where the vineyards are prone to westerly winds and subject to the most Atlantic influence, are Tierra Estella and Valdizarbe. Autumn temperatures here are cool enough to mean that Bordeaux varieties like cabernet sauvignon planted there are often harvested later than they are in Bordeaux itself. Site selection for vineyards is particularly important here to ensure ripening and there are many aspects and microclimates to consider.

Closer to the Ebro, and slightly warmer than the areas further north, are Baja Montana and Ribera Alta. Baja Montana, as the name suggests, is hillier than Ribera Alta, and therefore a little cooler and it is from here that many rosado (rosé) wines emerge. Ribera Alta is warmer and flatter, more often planted with garnacha on alluvial soils. The influence of the Mediterranean has more impact here.

Warmer and drier still, though a little protected from the influence of the Mediterranean thanks to the Sierra del Moncayo mountains, Ribera Baja is the most southerly of the Navarra wine producing areas. Soils here can be lighter and sandier than elsewhere in the region, with some sites bearing similarities to the soils of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône.

Though there are differences in soils in some sub-regions, there is an unusual uniformity of loam and gravel over a clay-limestone base across Navarra as a whole, with most to be found in the north. Climatic variations over the region mean that many producers blend wines from across all areas to achieve a house style in their more generic wines.

Garnacha was traditionally the most widely planted variety but in recent years it has been caught and overtaken by tempranillo, with the expansion of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay plantings also impacting its share. Red wines, often blends though there are many fine single-varietals too, are the dominant style, but rosado is widely produced and enjoys considerable popularity. Whites form only 10% or so of production, usually viura (macabeo) but with chardonnay coming up on the rails, particularly from the cooler northern areas, and sweet muscats maintaining an increasingly high-quality toe hold. Though garnacha has been overtaken by tempranillo in plantings, it still makes some of the best and most distinctive wines of Navarra as many winemakers reappraise its inherent qualities, where it is best planted and how to make it.

Co-operatives are an important element in Navarran production, but there are also many independent family owned companies establishing an excellent reputation for their wines and their forward-thinking approach to making them.
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Señoría de Sarría

Señorío de Sarría, located in the heart of Valdizarbe in Navarra, covers an area of 210 hectares with vineyards stretching out over the slopes and hillsides of the El Perdón mountain range and along the riverbanks of the river Arga in Miranda de Arga.

New management has transformed the quality here and we believe this bodega is producing some of the best wines available in Spain in this price category. Their delicious, complex red blends are made from tempranillo, graciano, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, mazuelo and garnacha matured for a year in new oak, and their delightful rosé has been a huge hit with members and critics alike, and was voted a wine Champion in our annual tastings in 2020.

Spain Vintage 2013

Rioja had a difficult, challenging vintage. A cold spring developed into a summer interspersed with frequent rain. As a result there was much uneven ripening. However, things look promising as the harvest was protracted and the fruit that did ripen had plenty of time to do so, though hail at vintage time caused considerable damage (Contino picked just 10% of their crop). Those who picked before late rains made attractive, fresh and vibrant wines. Ribera del Duero had a cooler time of it over the growing season than is usual but in their case it led to good, even ripening across the board, with concentration and flavour being balanced by freshness and structure. In Priorato too, cooler conditions have led to wines with lovely fruit and freshness and the ability to age very well.
2013 vintage reviews

JancisRobinson.com

Pale raspberry pink. Broad, very slightly sweet fruiton the nose and then a dry finish. Substantial weight in the mouth – good withfood?

- Jancis Robinson MW

thewinegang.com

Garnacha rosado infine fettle, this is the epitome of crunchy, fruity Navarra pink wine and is agreat little buy for the summer months ahead. Chirpy pomegranate fruit withlashings of strawberry fruit and...
Garnacha rosado infine fettle, this is the epitome of crunchy, fruity Navarra pink wine and is agreat little buy for the summer months ahead. Chirpy pomegranate fruit withlashings of strawberry fruit and a bite of red grapefruit to keep things freshrather than jammy.
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- The Wine Gang

The Mail on Sunday

Best buy: Likehoovering an entire field of strawberries and raspberries direct to your face -scrumptious, must-have summer pink.

- Olly Smith

The Scotsman

Navarra rosés shouldbe better known as they offer much better value than rosés from its neighbourRioja. The same grenache grape is grown here too; this wine hails from theValdizarbe zone with a...
Navarra rosés shouldbe better known as they offer much better value than rosés from its neighbourRioja. The same grenache grape is grown here too; this wine hails from theValdizarbe zone with a backdrop of the El Perdon mountains as shelter. This hasa tutti-frutti sweetness and less acidity, which would appeal to those who likevery fruit-driven New World wine styles and those with a sweet tooth.
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- Rose Murray Brown

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