Review: Wines of Marques de Caceres, 2019 Releases
Marques de Caceres is a large, value-oriented wine brand in Spain’s Rioja region. Today we take a spin through Caceres’ 2019 releases, including its sparkling wine. Thoughts follow.
NV Marques de Caceres Cava Brut – Instantly big with apple juice notes and a touch of lemon peel; this sparkler immediately reminds me of holiday parties. Moderate to heavy fizz gives wine a refreshing character, though the lightly sweet (not quite brut) body makes it come across a bit like adult soda. B
2018 Marques de Caceres Rioja Rose – A rose of 96% tempranillo, 4% garnacha tinta. Boldly flavored with strawberries and vanilla, this is an overwhelmingly sweet, almost gummy, wine. The only nuance in effect is a somewhat gummy, yet vaguely green, character on the lengthy, increasingly unctuous finish. C+ / $10
2018 Marques de Caceres Verejo Rueda – A golden yellow wine, fragrant with both florals and lemon peel, with lots of acidity to cut through the fruit. Pineapple and apple crisp notes dominate, with an edge of gooseberry. Definitively approachable — though a bit sour, with an edge of green herbs, on the finish. B+ / $10
2015 Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza – Bright and approachable, if uncomplex. This lightly tannic wine finds elements of dark chocolate, cigar box, and tea leaf against a backdrop of blackberry and raspberry. There’s tons of restraint here, which makes the wine drink with somewhat more austerity and gravitas than expected. B+ / $13