|91||Wine Review Online||I was fortunate to travel to Utiel-Requena in March of this year to learn about Bobal, the most extensively planted of all red varieties in Spain (believe it or not!). I was very impressed by the better examples of the breed, but returned to the USA to find a lamentable shortage of good specimens at prices that could tempt those who don’t know Bobal and are (understandably) reluctant to drop serious cash on a wine from a grape variety they haven’t experienced. This is the wine to fit that bill. It shows good “gutsiness” and density, thanks to the high-elevation, old vines from which it was sourced, but without being heavy or tiring to drink, thanks to having been picked before getting too ripe (and then being vinified skillfully and aged for just 6 months in used barrels). Aromas and flavors of mulberries and black cherries are very attractive, with some savory undertones that keep the wine interesting sip after sip. Made by the exceptionally talented Issac Fernandez and imported by the irrepressible Aurelio Cabestrero, this should be relatively easy to find for the category…and an exceptionally good ambassador for it. A wicked good wine to pair with burgers or other un-fussy foods, but certainly not limited to that purpose.
October 15, 2019
|90||View from the Cellar||The 2016 Bovale comes in at fourteen percent octane and offers up a lovely bouquet of cassis, sweet dark berries, a touch of coffee grounds, dark soil tones, a bit of roasted game and a gentle topnote of tree bark. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and nicely soil-driven, with a nice touch of plushness on the attack, a good core, fairly sturdy, but well-integrated tannins and excellent length and grip on the well-balanced and complex finish. This is approachable today, but will be even better with a few years in the cellar to allow the tannins to soften up a bit. This is a great value, as Bobal so often is! 2018-2035.
Issue #78 - November/December 2018
|90||Vinous Media||Inky ruby. Primary red/dark berry and vanilla scents are given spicy lift by a suggestion of white pepper. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering plush blackberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. The smooth, appealingly sweet finish echoes the cherry note and betrays no tannins. (all destemmed grapes; 70% French and 30% American oak)
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Mediterranean Spain: Diversity and Consistency, April 25, 2019
|89||The Wine Enthusiast||Smoky blackberry and dark-plum flavors are robust and convincing, while this Bobal is grapy, meaty and showing rubbery tannins on a full palate. Blackberry and prune flavors come with mild oak and barbecued notes, while this is steady on a fruity, balanced finish.