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Rioja Gran Reserva Rosado

by Bodega Akutain 2016

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Producer : Bodega Akutain

Region : Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Red Meat, Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"The 2016 Rosado Gran Reserva is the only Gran Reserva rosé other than the one from López de Heredia-Viña Tondonia. It will will be released in September 2022 and is only the second vintage of this wine, and the next one will be the 2020. It's a complex and elegant rosé that transcends the category. It's produced with Tempranillo from a specific vineyard, the one at higher altitude (650 meters), planted in 1986 on a north-facing, 2.48-hectare plot by the Gembres Rocks that delivered a wine with 14% alcohol and a pH of 3.32. They bleed some 500 liters of wine from the tank before it gets too dark and ferment it in a small 600-liter vat for seven days with indigenous yeasts and block malolactic fermentation; the wine is kept in tank throughout the winter, during which time it's racked twice to have it very clear before it goes into barrel. The élevage was in two barrels—one French and one American—where they had aged the 2015 Gran Reserva red, where the wine matured for 52 months. The wine was bottled without being fined, cold stabilized or filtered, just strained to avoid particles in the bottles. It has notes of red candied fruit, hard candy, nuts, spices, bread dough and cereals, with some development. The palate is polished and has a soft texture. I think this will age faster than the 2015. Only 600 bottles were filled in July 2021."

Luis Guttierez, The Wine Advocate, July 2022


Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Bodega Akutain
Region Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 14% alc./vol.
Style Subtle & fruity
Vintage 2016
Farming Method Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes 100% Tempranillo
Food Pairing Breads, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Red Meat, Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Fruity
Wine Type Rosé
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $809.94

The Producer

Bodega Akutain

Bodega Akutain’s history begins in the early 1970’s with the small family property’s founder, Juan Peñagaricano Akutain. Señor Akutain forged bonds with the families behind some of the Rioja region’s most storied traditionalist estates, including CVNE and La Rioja Alta.

After many years spent visiting the cellars, studying local vineyard techniques, and drinking every bottle of Rioja he could lay his hands on (all the while saving his earnings), Akutain was ready to plant his own vineyards.

He spent a few years searching for the perfect site and finally, in 1975, he found his dream property located just west of the village of Haro, the epicenter of Rioja.


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