Wine of the Week: Las Rocas, 2012 de San Alejandro Rose

The Las Rocas' ros?is really good. It's a wine where bright fruit meets sassy spice.

The reason the wine is a popular success, to a large degree, is because the grapes are groomed on the sunlit slopes of Spain's dynamic Calatayud growing region.

That's according to Yolanda Diaz, managing director of Bodegas San Alejandro, the woman behind our wine-of-the-week winner — the Las Rocas, 2012 de San Alejandro Ros? Calatayud, Spain at the irresistible price of $12.

"The mountains of Calatayud soar to 3,500 feet, with nearly 20 different soil types dotting the slopes, from chalk and limestone to clay and marlstone," she said.

"With its harsh landscape and extreme weather conditions — dry, hot summers and cold, snowy winters - Calatayud, at first glance, would appear inhospitable to grapevines. But this hidden gem is heralded as one of the world's ideal regions for growing garnacha grapes."

The ros?has met with great success in the U.S. market because Americans embrace its fuller body and vibrant color, Diaz said.

"It's a beautiful intermediate option between our robust garnacha and a light, fruity ros?wine," she said. "Not only does Las Rocas ros?offer refreshing flavors, but also a firm structure that's not always found in ros?."

The challenge in producing a ros?is choosing the right style because ros?can made in so many different styles, Diaz said.

"We strive to capture the balance of white wines' lighter body and refreshing characteristics along with the beautiful colors and ripe red fruit aromas characteristic of red wines," she said.

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