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2009 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja White & Rosé

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Marqués de Cáceres is, of course, widely known for it’s red Rioja line of wines, but their white and rosé bottlings also offer excellent QPR (quality-price-ratio). I sold a boatload of the 2005 and 2006 vintages of these two in a previous life in retail, and they’re pretty much always welcome at Gang Central. For whatever reason, the 2008s didn’t tickle our fancy the way they usually do; they weren’t bad wines by any means, but neither did they inspire us to go out and buy more after trying them. Happily, the 2009s hit the mark for us once again, and they’ll have a welcome place in our rotation of daily drinkers.

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2009 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja White, 100% Viura, 12.5% alc., $8.99 SRP: Clean medium color, with a penetrating intensity of flavor, offering engaging citrus-grapefruit with a hint of banana and a nice streak of underlying minerality. Medium-to-medium-full bodied, with excellent acidity and good length, this is an excellent match for seafood and a variety of baked or grilled birds. Find this wine

2009 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Rosé, 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha , 13.5% alc., $8.99 SRP: Watermelon pink color, with strawberry and watermelon flavors and aromas that show good intensity and a strong, earthy minerality, which gives this a dimension that was lacking in the previous vintage. Medium-to-medium-full bodied, with excellent acidity and good length and perfect for a wide variety of foods. Find this wine

Marqués de Cáceres imported by Vineyard Brands, Inc., Birmingham, AL

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