Navarra’s Rosés Are Terrific Food Wines

Rosés are magnificent food wines. Highly versatile, they pair well with a wide variety of dishes from les moules to Moroccan tangines. Today almost every wine-producing country makes respectable rosé. However, few rosés can compare with the Garnacha rosés (rosados) produced in Navarra.

Navarra’s rosés are dry wines. They are not bone dry but pleasantly dry with good acidity. Most wines (eg. Chivite Gran Feudo, Bodegas Ochoa Rosado Garnacha, and Campos de Enanzo Rosado, to name but a few), are made for early drinking and thus offer fresh, fragrant, and complex red fruit aromas and vibrant flavors upon release. Navarra rosés are generally low in alcohol and, while pleasantly fruity, are dry on the finish. The best producers achieve notable purity, elegance, and balance in their wines. Some producers, most notably Julian Chivite also craft rosados such as the Colección 125 Rosado with extended lees contact that are made for aging and are simply outstanding.
The International Wine Review recommends food pairing possibilities for Navarra rose’s in its recently published Report # 18 the Wines of Navarra. If you have ideas for pairing these remarkable rosés with food, please share them with us.
Mike Potashnik
International Wine Review
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