Grapes: 100% Tempranillo
Produced from 100% Tempranillo grapes from vines aged 15 years, planted on brown limestone gravel and grown organically (not certified) at the base of the Castrillo hill on the Torremilanos estate. The vines are trained to wires for better control over ripening. The vineyard is 2,700 feet above sea level, the lowest elevation on the estate.
All of the must from these grapes is used to produce this rose. The grapes are harvested relatively early in the season, about 5 days prior to the harvest of tempranillo from the same vineyards intended for the production of red wine. Ricardo intends to produce a fresh wine with a moderate level of alcohol, so the wine is inviting and lively on the palate. The grapes are harvested, destemmed and left with the skins for about one hour prior to pressing. The grapes were fermented with neutral yeasts at cool temperatures to maintain a brightly fruity character.
The medium pink-colored 2010 Montecastrillo Rosado is 100% Tempranillo fermented and aged in stainless steel. Cherry blossoms, rose petals, strawberry, and cranberry aromas lead to a medium-bodied, dry, impeccably balanced Rose with a solid core of fruit. Drink this superb value over the next 12-18 months. Issue 195, June 2011
Wine & Spirits Magazine
Green herb scents hold the sweet cherry-strawberry flavors of this tempranillo rosado tight, a juicy combination for grilled fish steaks with green sauce. Best Buy
Issue 3004, August 2011
International Wine Review
The medium pink-rose colored wine is redolent of fresh red summer berries. It has a soft attack and a fruit forward palate showing freshness and brisk acidity. A pleasant, straightforward sipper made from Ribera del Duero Tempranillo fruit.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Bonus Features
Lurid pink. Red berry preserves and spices on the nose and palate, with subtle floral and spice notes gaining power with air. Sappy and deep but lively, finishing with good breadth and cling. This would work well with spicy grilled birds. The 2011 Rose Roundup, July 2011