A New Wine, A New Grape – Cuatro Pasos Rosado (the world’s perfect rose’)

Cuatro Pasos Rosado 2009

Cuatro Pasos Rosado 2009

As a wine shop owner, there are few things that get me as excited as finding a wine made from a grape which I am not familiar with. Often, I am left wondering who would buy that wine, but there are those isolated instances and products that you simply know ill be a hit. This is the case with Cuatro Pasos Rosado; this fantastic dry rose wine is made from a little known grape by the name of Mencia. Mencia is very close genetically to the Cabernet Franc grape, but very unique in its flavor profile and appearance, and comes from the north-western corner of Spain ina little known region called Bierzo.

The wine itself shows lovely with a crimson-pink hue and perfect clarity. The aromas are light and flirt with you as you swirl the glass leaving nice thin legs that are short lived. Raspberries and red currants predominate the in the nose and dance lively upon the tongue from start to finish. Speaking of a finish… the Mencia Rose finishes clean, crisp, and dry; just like a good, well-structured rose should! This is a wonderful wine that anyone starting out in their winej ourney really should try as the fruit flavors are easy to discern, and with enough balance and complexity to drive you into a curiosity about deeper, bigger reds.

This wine is really wonderfully priced under the magic $15 point, typically coming in around $13. Making it a great summertime deck wine before dinner, or a perfect pairing with grilled salmon or creamy pasta dishes… think about using seasonings of rosemary, garlic, dill, and other clean fresh herbs in those dishes.

Cheers & Bon Appetit!


3 Responses to “A New Wine, A New Grape – Cuatro Pasos Rosado (the world’s perfect rose’)”

  1. June 29, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Dear Christopher,

    On behalf of Bodegas Martín Códax, I would like to thank you for your kind words and review of Cuatro Pasos Rosado. In the upcoming weeks we will be launching the Cuatro Pasos website and we hope to involve members of the wine blogging community like yourself. If you would be interested in trading links please don’t hesitate to contact.

    Alex Domeniconi

  2. August 27, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Dear Christopher,

    I’m looking for a photo of the 2009 Cuatro Pasos Rosado for a “Best Roses” article on FoodandWine.com. I was wondering if we would have permission to use this photo? Please let me know at: kelly.bazely@aexp.com. We would of course give proper photo credit. Thank you!


  3. 3 Christopher
    January 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    One word of warning about this wonderful Rose- it is only available for about three months of the year- right in the midst of the summer. I recommend capturing a few bottles and holding them for thanksgiving! The rest of the year, the red mencia wine from the same producers are available and truly wonderful!

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