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Spotlight Rosé: Los Bermejos Listán Negro Rosado 2017

Body: medium
Fruit: salty citrus, grapefruit, cherry skins, blood orange, rhubarb, and brine, with ash, orange oil and grapefruit rind on the finish
Food Pairings: seafood (squid, sashimi, clams) as well as gazpacho, deviled eggs, charcuterie, and rustic, nutty cheeses.
Organic: yes, certified


Los Bermejos’ Listán Negro rosé appeals to both the intellectual and sensory motivated enthusiast. The sipper or the thinker. A delightfully tasty and mouthwatering rosé that can appropriately be called “pretty” from an unforgiving, almost martian landscape in what must be the most overlooked but historically significant wine-growing region, the Canary Islands.

Lanzarote is a unique growing region, an incredibly maritime influenced, volcanic soiled island that allows for a particular dry-farming technique. The vines themselves are planted in craters protected by stone walls from the wind and are forced to grow deeper due to the lack of nutrients in the top soil. They’re farmed sustainably, kept low-yielding and harvested by hand using camels.

It’s vibrant pink in color with complicated, mineral-tinged citrus notes on the palate and bright acidity. It’s pretty in the glass, easy and wildly refreshing and has more depth of flavor than other direct press rosé that are delicately pale in color. It’s lively fruit is pleasant and taut minerality intriguing.

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