Armas de Guerra Rosado
Vinos Guerra, founded in 1879, is the oldest winery in the Bierzo region. The founder Don Antonio Guerra was a pioneer in many ways. Mr. Guerra was one of the first producers to bottle method champanois wines in Spain. In addition to wine, Don Antonio also produced a variety of spirits from Agua Ardiente, to Vermouth and Anisettes. Today the Guerra winery farms 1/3 of all the vineyards of the Bierzo region. Out of the 3,000ha (7,413 acres) of vineyard land in Bierzo, Guerra takes care of 1,000ha (2,471 acres), however they only make wine with the best 10% of grapes. This rigorous selective process allows the Guerra wines to show, consistently, extraordinary quality. In addition to been so selective, Guerra possesses among the oldest and most precious Mencia (Mehn-cee-ah) and Dona Blanca vines in the Bierzo region. The average age of these vines is 50 years making wines that are able to communicate an impressive sense of depth and flavor. In summary Guerra is one of the most historic wineries in Spain focus in making wine with the best selection of grapes coming from old vines that are 50+ years old. All these vineyards are organic and dry farmed.
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE? An historic winery founded in 1879, making wines with old vines 50+ years old, from organically grown dry-farmed vineyards. In addition Guerra controls 1/3 of all the vineyard land in Bierzo (1,000ha - 2,471 acres) and only makes wine with the best 10% of the grapes harvested.
RATING HISTORY: 2015 89 VN; 2013 89IWC
GRAPE: 100% Mencia. Vines planted in 1963. Tended in river stone and clay soil at 525 m (1,722 ft) elevation. This is a vegan wine.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: This light dry rose is perfect for light salads, light pasta and rice dishes, especially with seafood, raw and lightly cooked shellfish and grilled fish and goats' cheeses.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING: Thee free-run juice is drained at low temperature without previous maceration and under an inert atmosphere. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 12 days at 12C. 100% unoaked
PRODUCTION: 5,500 cases
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE: The vineyards are located mostly in the lower valley of the Bierzo region. The vines are tended in clay and river stones. The average elevation of the vineyards is from 525 m (1,722 ft) elevation. Temperature from April to October average 16.3C (61.3F) with annual rainfall of 626mm (24.6").
TASTING NOTES: Pale pink. Lively red berry and orange zest scents are complemented by fresh floral and white pepper flourishes. Juicy and precise, offering bitter red currant and tangerine flavors that deepen and become sweeter on the back half. Taut and nervy on the finish, which hangs on with good spicy persistence.Notes by Josh Raynolds.
All photos: Friederike Paetzold