Souvenirs from Valencia: Parotet Rouge 2012

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After a brief interruption I am back, I was stunned by a nasty cold and its very difficult to concentrate on tasting wine and writing when your body aches and your nose is blocked.

Vermell 2012 is a wine made by Celler del Roure in Moixent, Valencia. The most important characteristic f this wine is that is aged 4-6 months in clay vessels underground.

The wine is a blend of varieties Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera and local variety Mando. All this varieties are grown at high altitudes in Valencia. Above 600 meters, I believe. This combined with the cold mediterranean winters give the varieties a very aromatic profile.

The estate has a very old underground cellar in which they have almost 100 clay vessels buried underground. This antique cellar was believed to be built-in the first balf of the XVII, of which can be implied that those clay ” containers” have almost 300 years.

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The estated is owned by Pablo Calatayud. In 1995, he decided to extend his vineyard holdings and build a state of the art cellar. Quickly Celer del Roure became the leadetrs of quality wine in Valencia. The estate has received important acclaim from the international wine press including Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson. Actually, she raved about Parotet, the big brother of Vermell, which is mostly a blend of Mandó with the remainder of Monastrell.

Celer del Roure has always invested in indigenous Valencian varieties such as Mando (red) and Verdil (white). historically the local wines made out of this varieties had always been fermented and aged in Tinajas. The Spanish version of Amphoras.

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Celler del Roure Vermell 2012
D.O Valencia

On the nose, fine aromas of red and black fruits in coulis with lots of balsamic nuances. Very peppery with crushed dry mediterranean herbs, zaatar? maybe. Also hints of dry pimenton. Violets as well ( paprika  soft animal nuances, leather and game fur comes to mind. Could pass easily for a cotes du Rhone. In the mouth, full body. Fresh tasting and round with a sublime elegance. Harmonious with a tarry tannins at the end of the palate. 92\100.

Celler del Roure is represented in Quebec by Vini-Vins. For more information on availability on this wine, please contact Valeriane Pare at: valeriane@vini-vins.com.

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