This calculated selection is the product of my enjoyment of Camp Viejo Crianza 2007, Rioja and my personal technique of exploring the various vinos from any particular region.  In this case, having enjoyed the Crianza which is the rich spicy toasty red and pretty much all Tempranillo, the rosé should be less dense, smoother, slightly sweeter and not wooded…

The winery itself is a fourth generation vineyard with the Faustino-Martinez family very much involved with the wine making, preserving the family integrity and unique character within this small region in Northern Spain.  Most prominent on the label is the portrait of who we can only assume is Eleuterio Martinez Arzok, who left his home village in search of a dream. He found it in Oyon, Alava where he bought a house and some vineyards and started making his own wines.

First off, the tall slender frosted bottle is beautiful!  A lovely watermelon pink in the glass, the 13%alc/vol produced some long legging when carefully swirled.  The nose is full of raspberry and light roses.  Almost creamy in the mouth, the raspberry turns jammy and smooth to refreshing finish.

Stimulating to the appetite, it didn’t take long for my guests and I to polish off this bottle with the baked penne Bolognese I prepared.  Find this vino in the Vintages section at the LCBO ~$13/btl.m  You may have to hunt for it as I’d found this tucked away in the corner of a lower shelf.

Cheers!

~tvb

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