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Celler del Roure 16 Setze Gallet 2011


SKU 8437009194980


Named after old coins of the region. Valencia is where the pretty Garnatxa of the north meets Monastrell, the champ of Spain's warmer southern Mediterranean coast. Prioritising freshness, the Garnatxa and Monastrell are short-macerated but held a long time buried clay jars, then in tank, resulting in an every-day, fresh expression. Pleasant and round, red-fruit and earthen, a modest tinto with a touch of structure, easy and fresh, earthy with great acidity. Leads with a light but typical Monastrell nose of dates, raisins, tar and straw in baked earth and is surprisingly fresh in the mouth, nicely balancing fresh-floral red fruits and a touch of tarry-licorice tannin.
Category Red Wine
Country Spain
Region Valencia
Brand Celler del Roure
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Wine AdvocateAged six months in stainless steel tanks, the 2011 Setz Gallets (a blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Monastrell, 25% Merlot and 15% Mando - an indigenous local varietal) is a beautifully expressive red revealing a terrific texture along with lots of raspberry and blueberry fruit, and a cool climate mouthfeel that belies the region from which it was produced. The proprietor's family has long believed in the potential of the indigenous Mando grape. From a vineyard planted at 1,650 feet above sea level, this is a wonderfully fruity, somewhat Beaujolais-styled offering with more body and texture than most Beaujolais possess. Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years.

Robert Parker, December 2012