Vinous 90 points!
Celler el Masroig Sola Fred Rosat is a delightful rosé with a long name from one of our favorite wineries, Celler el Masroig, in the Montsant region of northeast Spain. It's a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah. The Montsant region received DO status in 2001 and lies west of Barcelona bordering on the north of Priorat. Celler el Masroig was founded in 1917 as the Cooperativa of El Masroig. It is an association of grape and olive oil producers with approximately 300 members who are associated owners of the company. The winemaker is the young and dynamic Carles Escolar, who strongly believes in the potential of the Montsant appellation. Jay Miller of Wine Advocate praised the winery in April 2008: "Celler El Masroig, located in the up-and-coming region of Montsant, is a role model for how a cooperative ought to function. The winery keeps only the best grapes and sells off the rest to other producers, some of whom are quite well known. The wines are very fairly priced and offer an excellent price to quality ratio from the top to the bottom of the portfolio."
"Neon pink. High-pitched red berry and white pepper scents, with an emerging suave floral nuance. Juicy and sharply focused, its redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors have firm cut and lift. Becomes sweeter with air, finishing with very good cling and subtle tanginess on a distinct raspberry note. I'd serve this delicious wine with everything from classic garlicky, herby roasted chicken to southeast Asian beef or pork dishes. It would be awesome with fresh goat or sheep milk cheeses and charcuterie, too."--J.R., Vinous, 90 points!
Enjoy Celler el Masroig Sola Fred Rosat over the next 2-3 years with summer salads, paella and aged cheeses.