RKS Wine: Confidencial Reserve Rosé from Lisbon

Confidencial is a label of Casa Santos Lima. They make a low-priced red that is a real winner and one of those old-style red wines that needs some serious ageing to flourish. This rosé is from “more than 10 grapes” and the winery considers the types as “confidential”. I suspect that with so many varieties we are looking at a field blend meaning that the grapes are all mixed growing in the field. Very old school from a time when grapes were grapes and wine was wine.

The wine is neither dark nor light pink but somewhere in the middle. On the nose somewhat delicate notes of raspberry, cherry, tangerine and wet stone. On the palate there are some tannic influences but not imposing ones. A bit strange but the dominant palate influence would seem to be marmalade! There is a fine seam of acidity. Notes of watermelon, ginger and a bit of white pepper. A short finish.

All said and done a run of the mill rosé and rather weak kneed like the polite response to Tsar Putin by NATO. I would say for the same price you can be drinking a Featherstone Estate Rosé 2021 from Niagara and experience how exceptional a rosé can be.

(Confidencial Reserva Rosé 2021, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Casa Santos Lima, Portugal, $15.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 19846, 750 mL, 12.5%, RKS Wine Rating 84/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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