Albero Spanish Rosé 2014

A few months ago I mentioned that I had tried a varietal wine made of 100% Bobal grapes.  I liked it, so my blog friend whirlaway let me know when they saw this Rosé made from Bobal mentioned in a Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer.  Thank you, whirlaway, for giving me a heads up!  I definitely wanted to see what this one was like.

Winemaker:  Albero
Wine:  Spanish Rosé
Varietal:  Bobal
Vintage:  2014
Appellation:  Utiel-Requena DOP, Spain
Price:  $5.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:   In the glass this wine was fairly dark for a rosé.  It was pink, yes, but a dark pink.  It was light-bodied, and acidity was OK.  On the palate this Albero seemed dryer than it’s 12.5% alcohol content would suggest.  Tannins were light with a late onset.  Flavors for me included tart cherry, spice notes and a bitter woody finish.  It was interesting to try a blush wine made from Bobal grapes.  I think, however, that I want to try some more Bobal red selections.  This Rosé was not my personal favorite.

Click on the picture to read the article online.


Albero Tempranillo Barrica 2010

Yet another Spanish Tempranillo.  This one is made from grapes certified organically grown in the Valencia region and aged in oak barrels (barrica).

Winemaker:  Albero
Wine:  Tempranillo Barrica
Vintage:  2010
Appellation:  Spain, Utiel-Requena (Valencia) DO
Price:  $5.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  This selection is made by Spain’s oldest estate bottled winery, dating back to 1335!  To the eye this wine looked inky purple in my glass.  On the nose I found sweet dark fruit and spice.  It was fairly light-bodied with alcohol at 13%.  On the palate I tasted dark fruits, including black currant and some raisin, as well as plenty of olive.  For me the tannins were fairly light, and the finish brought a dash of bitters.  I’m not a big lover of olives except as olive oil, so this won’t become my personal go-to Tempranillo.  Still, it was totally an OK wine.  And I think it will probably do just fine as beverage accompaniment to a pot roast or skirt steak (fajitas are often made from skirt steak, I believe).

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.