A Frenchman and an Italian walk into a wine bar, and, in this case, they order a glass of Rolland and Galarreta.
Renowned French winemaker Michel Rolland and Spanish wine maven Javier Galaretta will release this month their own line of wines under the “Rolland Galaretta” label. The new venture includes wines from Spain’s Rioja, Rueda and Ribera del Duero regions.
“Two cultures and two different winemaking styles but a common goal have brought French winemaker and consultant Michel Rolland and Spanish wine entrepreneur Javier Galarreta,” the new range’s profile reads on its website. “They both believe that Spain has excellent terroir and extensive know-how to make great quality wines with real projection in the international markets.”
Rolland Galarreta’s Ribera del Duero was created from grapes grown at nearly 3,000 feet. The grapes are grown in ground with high limestone content, helping the grape reach high acidity levels which translate into a “more balanced, markedly fruity wine. “It is rich, concentrated and fleshy and shows elegance and complexity,” the R&G site says. “On the palate, it shows silky tannins, with a succulent structure and excellent depth.”
The wines are aged 10 months in French oak.
R&G’s Rioja offering is from Alavesa, regarded as the best area of the world-renowned wine region. The grapes are grown in altitudes between 1,400 and 2,300 feet.
The wine has a “lively, delicate nose with liquorice and fresh fruit aromas of the Tempranillo variety, with spicy hints.”
R&G says the wine boasts a velvety structure and a long finish. The Rioja is aged 10 months in American oak.
The French-Italian duo’s final offering is a white wine from Rueda. The grapes for the wine are grown in vineyards located near the villages of Serrada and Rueda. Poor, rocky soil with good drainage are the hallmark of these locations.
R&G harvested the grapes at night “in order to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and avoid must oxidation provoked by sunlight.
Tasting notes for the wine offer a bright compliment to the more serious demeanor of its Rioja and Ribera del Duero cousins.
The nose features “a fine, fresh, aromatic (scent) with tropical fruits followed by melon, mineral and floral aromas.
Brightness dominates the palate – “Crisp and round, with a dominance of tropical fruits and citrus notes. It displays an impeccably balanced acidity, outstanding depth and volume, giving way to a persistent and ample finish.”
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