From: Castilla, Spain
Varietal: 50% Tempranillo, 50% Bobal
Taste: The 2022 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rosado reveals a graceful complexity rarely found at this price point. Hailing from the expansive Castilla region of Spain, this 50% Tempranillo and 50% Bobal blend offer a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers, rose petals, and dried tea leaves. Upon tasting, flavors of dried cherry, wild strawberry, and a hint of spice dance across the palate. These flavors are framed by smooth acidity, culminating in a bone-dry, citrusy finish. This rosado balances refreshing sophistication with everyday drinkability and is the epitome of easygoing summer refreshment.
Pairing: Enjoy this rosado on its own or with whatever fresh summer vegetable dish you're craving at the moment. We'd love it with a chopped salad with some olives mixed in! Ok. Now that said, we just tasted this charming rosado again recently & had the biggest hankering for Fish Tacos. So, we’re sharing Sam Sifton’s recipe for just that thing. It’ll yield 4-6 servings and will only take 30 minutes to get you into a blissful state.
by Sam Sifton
About. From the expansive wine region of Castilla, Spain, comes a rosado that dances with elegance and grace while maintaining an incredibly approachable price point. The 2022 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rosado is a sophisticated gem that rivals and outshines many pinks at twice the price.
This rosado has been the darling of wine enthusiasts and critics over the past few years, thanks to its delightful composition of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Bobal. A deep inhale will transport you to a garden in bloom, where fresh-cut flowers provide a fragrant welcome. On the palate, the enchanting flavors of dried cherry, wild strawberry, and spice make a grand entrance, seamlessly supported by smooth acidity and ending with a bone-dry, citrusy finish. This rosado's balance of character and class, coupled with affordability, is a complex combination to surpass.
Regarding summer wines, dry rosé stands undisputed, with the Protocolo Rosado shining brightly in its category. This jewel is crafted at the fourth-generation family winery, Dominio de Eguren, led by brothers Marcos and Miguel Angel Eguren. Their philosophy of creating exceptional quality, everyday wines at affordable prices is a testament to their dedication to the craft.
Jim Nejaime, a seasoned wine taster, has enjoyed visiting their winery in Spain and was impressed with their commitment to producing remarkable wines. The Eguren family's attention to detail is evident in their careful selection of specific vineyards and rigorous control of yields. The resulting wine, a dry rosé, stands as the star of their portfolio.
When you uncork a bottle of Protocolo Rosado, you are greeted with beautiful aromatics of rose petals, dried tea leaves, and ripe berry fruit. You'll find notes of wild strawberry and stone fruit flavors on the palate, framed perfectly by a spine-tingling acidity. It offers a crisp, dry finish that mimics the sophistication of a classic Provencal rosé. This balance of simplicity and complexity makes it an excellent dry rosé and a fantastic value for summertime indulgence.
Dominio de Eguren hails from Manchuela, Spain. While not an estate wine, the Eguren family manages and controls various vineyards, selecting those with advanced age and low yields to ensure the exceptional quality of their wines. As a negociant, they have transformed the once-poor reputation associated with the term into a synonym for reliability and quality-driven wine sourcing.
Castilla - La Mancha is a quintessential wine region located in the heart of Spain. Its wine's quality, made from indigenous and foreign vines acclimated remarkably to the area, has earned it the title "the winery of Europe." Today, the wines of Tierra de Castilla stand toe-to-toe with those from Chile or Australia, boasting an impressive quality-to-price ratio.
The poor calcareous clay soils in the region, rich in limestone and speckled with pebbles, allow excellent surface drainage, which favors the vine's development. The region's continental climate with Mediterranean influence adds a fresh palate to the wines and surprisingly low alcohol levels, further enhancing the quality-to-price ratio.
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