Bodegas Ortega Ezquerro, Rosado, Tudelilla, Rioja, Spain, 2017

Very elegant, complex and expressive in the nose, with a huge number of aromas and sensations. Ripe and sweet aromas, with hints of tropical fruit (grapefruit, passion fruit and orange peel). In the mouth, it is friendly in its volume, greedy, leaving a long and crispy aftertaste.

Grape Variety: Grenache Noir

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Bodegas Ortega Ezquerro, Rosado, Tudelilla, Rioja, Spain, 2017

Tasting Note

Very elegant, complex and expressive in the nose, with a huge number of aromas and sensations. Ripe and sweet aromas, with hints of tropical fruit (grapefruit, passion fruit and orange peel). In the mouth, it is friendly in its volume, greedy, leaving a long and crispy aftertaste.

Region and Producer

Based in the village of Tudelilla in the Rioja Baja area, this bodega was founded by Quintin Ortega, a local cooper in 1896. It is now run by his great grandson Carmelo Ortega, assisted by winemaker David Bastida. The ancient vines (some original plantings made by Quintin) are goblet pruned and only organic fertilisers are used. All harvesting is by hand and traditional winemaking techniques are followed, using a mixture of French and American oak barrels for ageing. The soils of Tudelilla are calcareous clay and are of poor fertility, making them ideal for fine wine production, but what makes the village stand out is the Pedriza, an area of around 700 hectares which is covered in large flat stones, similar to the galets found in Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe. These help control temperatures and moisture in the vineyards and combined with the ancient vines planted on these soils, give wines with a strong identityThe story of Ortega Ezquerro begins with Quintín Ortega, who planted the family’s first vines back in the year 1896. At that stage, our founding father was a humble barrel-maker with ambitions, who as well as making barrels for the ageing and shipping of wine, decided to go a step further by planting some vines. Later he refurbished an ancient wine cellar to turn it into a winery where he made and aged wine for his family. Many years have passed down to the present day in which Quintín Ortega’s great-grandson, Carmelo Ortega, the current head of the family, also heads the winery and is responsible for leading it along the right path. Eager to evolve and improve, Carmelo has embarked on a new project with ambitious oenological objectives and a clearly defined goal, namely to give the wines from our Pedriza the value they deserve and to position the concept in the market, with the support of a solid modern brand that meets the quality expectations of the Designation of Origin area in which we find ourselves, without ever forgetting our origins as a “village wine”.

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