About This Wine...
Celler del Roure, is a personal project of Pablo Calatayud, whose vineyards are located in Moixenet, Do Valencia. In the last decade he invested a lot of energy in restoring the XVII century underground cellars with the original amphorae (600-2800 l capacity), which he uses for fermentation and ageing. He focuses on reviving almost extinct varieties like Mando and Verdil as well as working with Monastrell, Macabeo, PX and Chardonnay.
Reviewed by Luis Gutierres for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2016
“The surprise came with the new medium range red from the ancient wines that are new with the 2015 vintage, the 2015 Safra, named after the Valencian word for saffron, fermented in old stone lagares (and part in stainless steel) with some 30% full clusters (…) This is by far the most radical and different wine I’ve ever tasted from Celler del Roure. Not only that, I think it’s a wine that starts to show the naked character of the region without any makeup, with some rusticity, Mediterranean but keeping good freshness. The colour is bright ruby, the lightest of all the reds I have tasted this time, and the nose shows bright berry fruit without any hints of excess ripeness, not terribly complex, clean and precise. The palate follows the same path, great freshness, a silky texture and great acidity. A fresh Mediterranean red to drink by the boatload without having to think too much. The bright fruit and the balsamic aromas made me think of some Pais bottling from Chile. This was a surprise from Celler del Roure. A nice surprise! This is the red I want to drink from the portfolio. 15.000 bottles were filled in April 2016” 91+ Parker Points