|91||View from the Cellar||The 2015 Bovale comes in at an even fourteen percent octane and offers up an outstanding bouquet of sappy black cherries, pomegranate, bitter chocolate, chalky soil tones, wild fennel and a nice touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and complex, with lovely focus and balance, a fine core, very good soil signature and a very long, moderately tannic and classy finish. The 2015 is more precise and complex than the good 2014 version [and] is a notable step up in quality. This is really a terrific bottle of wine and at fifteen dollars a bottle, it has to be one of the best red wine values to be found anywhere in the US! Great juice! 2017-2035.|
|89||Vinous Media||(aged in 70 percent French and 30 percent American oak barrels) Glass-staining ruby. Ripe red and blue fruit aromas, accompanied by a cracked pepper nuance and a subtle floral note that builds in the glass. Fleshy and broad in the mouth, showing good depth to the cassis, bitter cherry and dark chocolate flavors. The peppery note returns on the finish, which clings with good tenacity and chewy tannic grip.
2018 - 2022
|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