Penrosa Tempranillo 2006

The nose offers up a rich, creamy fruitiness that’s reminiscent of strawberry paletas, with a slight pepperiness and a hint of grapefruit peel; it took a few minutes for the wine to express any clear flavors, though, so it may be best not to serve this wine straight from the refrigerator – give it fifteen minutes or so to warm up a bit.

In the mouth, there’s a definite spritziness which seems somehow appropriate; it’s quite full in the mouth, with a good amount of sweetness nicely counterbalanced by the CO2 and moderate acidity. Although it’s overall too sweet to be a truly fine rosé, it works quite well for what it is and is a nice halfway point between, say, a pink Bandol wine and “my teeth are melting” white Zinfandel from California. Overall, the effect is basically liquid strawberry shortcake: easy to drink, and nicely refreshing on a warm summer’s day.

Serve with chiles en nogada, I reckon.

Bodegas Realeza [but really Acciona, owners of Hijos de Antonio Barceló, S.A., presumably under contract to fresh&easy]
Price: US $4.99
Closure: Stelvin
Tasted: November 2007

2 thoughts on “Penrosa Tempranillo 2006

  1. This is such a nice wine. I get it at Fresh & Easy here in California. Enjoy if you can get you hands on it!

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