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The Rozas 1er cru Garnacha is, as the name says, classified premier cru by Comando G. Elegant and poised, this wine is a step up in classification and altitude, sitting above the Rozas Villages vineyards close to the ceiling beyond which growing grapes isn't really viable. The brick-red tinge to the colour bring Langhe to mind, Nebbiolo specifically, and there are more hints of that in the glass. The colour and the approachability owe a lot to the greater presence of silt midst the layers of granite. For the 1er cru, the vines are older, the soils are lighter and the altitude of the vineyard is higher than the village showing that signature highwire Sierra de Gredos/Comando G acidity.
Superb aromatic complexity. Beautifully caught ripe strawberries, cherries and raspberries with fragrant and exotic violets and roses. A very juicy, fleshy and engaging texture. The tannins fold out in sheets and make for very compelling freshness and length. Drink or hold.
97 points, jamessuckling.com (8/2018).
The 2016 Rozas 1er Cru is their Garnacha village selection from the village of Rozas de Puerto Real was aromatically captivating, showcasing the style of the village, always lots of violet and wildflowers and the freshness, elegance and subtleness of the vintage, without a doubt their finest vintage to date. They refer to this as their mini-Umbrías, and it does have the elegance of that single vineyard bottling. This could be the bargain of the cellar because it over-delivers for the money.
95 points, Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (December 2018)