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Wine of the Week: Las Rocas, 2012 de San Alejandro Rose

The Las Rocas’ rosé is really good. It's a wine where bright fruit meets sassy spice.

The reason the wine is a popular success, to a large degree, is because the grapes are groomed on the sunlit slopes of Spain’s dynamic Calatayud growing region.

That’s according to Yolanda Diaz, managing director of Bodegas San Alejandro, the woman behind our wine-of-the-week winner — the Las Rocas, 2012 de San Alejandro Rosé, Calatayud, Spain at the irresistible price of $12.

“The mountains of Calatayud soar to 3,500 feet, with nearly 20 different soil types dotting the slopes, from chalk and limestone to clay and marlstone,” she said.

“With its harsh landscape and extreme weather conditions — dry, hot summers and cold, snowy winters - Calatayud, at first glance, would appear inhospitable to grapevines. But this hidden gem is heralded as one of the world’s ideal regions for growing garnacha grapes.”

The rosé has met with great success in the U.S. market because Americans embrace its fuller body and vibrant color, Diaz said.

“It’s a beautiful intermediate option between our robust garnacha and a light, fruity rosé wine,” she said. “Not only does Las Rocas rosé offer refreshing flavors, but also a firm structure that's not always found in rosés.”

The challenge in producing a rosé is choosing the right style because rosé can made in so many different styles, Diaz said.

“We strive to capture the balance of white wines’ lighter body and refreshing characteristics along with the beautiful colors and ripe red fruit aromas characteristic of red wines,” she said.

You can reach Wine Writer Peg Melnik at 521-5310 or peg.melnik@pressdemocrat.com.

Wine writer Peg Melnik had a blind tasting this week of rosés, from fruity to elegant. Our wine-of-the-week winner is crazy good -- the Las Rocas, 2012 de San Alejandro Rosé, Calatayud, Spain at the irresistible price of $12.

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