My never-ending thirst for all things sparkling rosé led me back to an old friend with a look that stirs up feelings: Jané Ventura Reserva de la Música Rosé 2011. It’s a Cava (the term used for Spanish sparkling wine) made from Garnatxa Negra. You might have heard of this grape by a more familiar name: Grenache. Though I’ve had plenty of Grenache-heavy still rosé, this was the first time I’ve come across it in sparkling form.
I will admit to being a bit skeptical based on the deep red color of the wine. I thought that might indicate it being sweet or heavy. But on first sip of this wine, I kind of felt like I was on the McLaughlin group, and John McLaughlin just bellowed “WRONG!” in my direction. Do you know what I’m talking about? Here’s Dana Carvey doing his impression:
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes. The Cava. It’s dry and delicious. Has a little bit of richness and plenty of red fruit flavors, but is as serious as…John McLaughlin. But unlike JMac, 1,000 times more fun. This is definitely one of the best sparkling rosés on the planet for under 20 bucks.
Oh, and about that label. From the winery’s website:
“Label symbol of the carbonic movement and rhythm also a pentagram and instruments (strings, keyboard, pipes). Colours inspired on the vineyard seasonal colours.”
Check out more of my favorite sparkling rosés:
Haywire Pink Bub (British Columbia. Sealed with a bottle cap!)
J Vineyards (California)
Tenuta Col Sandago (Italy. Made from Wildbacher!)
More Label Lust:
Minimus Vermentino (Oregon)
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling (Australia)
Chehalem Pinot Noir (Oregon)
Who’s as big a fan of sparkling rosé as I am? Leslie Sbrocco. Hear what this fantastic author, educator, and TV host had to say about the topic on my podcast: