Armas de Guerra Rosado 2018
Castilla y León, Spain
Armas de Guerra is the oldest winery in Bierzo and one of the oldest wineries in Spain, established way back in 1879. It translates as "Weapons of War", alluding to their annual battle against the elements to keep their vineyards (which on average are 50-years-old) healthy and make the best possible wines.
They have stuck with tradition and champion the local grapes of Bierzo, an ancient region famed for its slate-rich mountain vineyards and which first saw winegrowing in Roman times. Armas de Guerra's vineyards are typically 500 metres or more above sea level. Climatically it marries the cooler Atlantic influence of coastal Galicia with the hotter conditions inland in Castilla y Léon.
Their Rosado is 100% Mencía, the most famou grape of Bierzo. Pale pink in colour with lively red berry and orange zest scents are complemented by fresh floral and white pepper flourishes. Juicy and precise, offering bitter red currant and tangerine flavors that deepen and become sweeter on the back half. Taut and nervy on the finish, which hangs on with good spicy persistence.