Abel Mendoza, Risueño Rosado, DOCa Rioja, Spain, 2021
Modest, passionate and in no small part obsessive, Abel Mendoza and Maite Fernández have been making understated wines from their old vine vineyards, high up in the Cantabrian mountains near San Vicente de la Sonsierra since the late 80s.
His intimate knowledge of the diverse terroirs in this spectacular part of Rioja is enthralling, and every barrel tasted reveals startling provenance and true character of the vintage. Abel doesn’t make wines that flatter, they don’t speak of oak regimes, but rather of the quality of his fruit, expressed in its most honest form.
From vineyards located in the municipalities of San Vicente de la Sonsierra and Labastida. The grapes are collected by hand from two plots of clay-calcareous soils.
The wine is fermented in a stainless steel tank with just a short time on the skins to extract the colour and left in stainless steel until the following spring when it is bottled.
No oak ageing
Very much in line with Abel's reds and whites, this is a fresh and savoury rosé wine, with plenty of fruit character, flora, some dried herbs from the Garnacha Blanca and a sweet touch, ending with beautiful structure and elegant tannins. Very limited availability so get it whilst you can.
Serve nicely chilled with oysters!
Tim Atkin Rioja Report 2023 90 Points
Maite Fernández uses grapes with low pH levels to make this stylish cuvée of Graciano with 30% Garnacha Blanca and 20% Garnacha. Totally unoaked, it’s a pithy, focused style with redcurrant and pomegranate fruit and a tangy finish. 2023-25. 90 Points, TA, 2023.
Garnacha Blanca 30%
Garnacha Tinta 20%
6 x 75cl
Award: Tim Atkin Rioja Report 2023 95 Points
Award: Tim Atkin Rioja Report 2023 91 Points
Award: Tim Atkin Rioja Report 2023 93 Points
Award: Robert Parker 96 Points