Celler del Roure ‘Vermell’ Garnacha Tintorera-Mando 2018

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Celler del Roure, DO Valencia - subzone Clariano 'Terres dels Alforins'
Rare Valencian varieties, carefully made to retain freshness, then aged in tinajas in a bodega fonda (large clay jars buried in an underground cellar). Below, Pablo Calatayud (with his father Paco).
Celler del Roure 'Vermell' Garnacha Tintorera-Mandó blend

30% Mandó, 70% Garnacha Tintorera grown at 550 metres. 70% de-stemmed, 3-5 days maceration, fermentation in stainless, 4 months in clay.

The red 2018 Vermell had just been bottled when I tasted it. This is the entry-level red of the old-style range produced exclusively with local grape varieties and aged in amphorae. 2018 was a year of low alcohol but also some challenges, which meant they had to sort the grapes for this blend of 70% Garnacha Tintorera and the rest Mandó. It feels like this Vermell is lighter and is getting closer to Safrà, as it's floral and delicate, with a medium-bodied palate, fine tannins and great balance. They keep fine-tuning their wines, controlling the power, making them subtler. LUIS GUTIERREZ, eRobertparker.com