The name Bovale comes from the Latin word for shape of the Bobal grape bunch, similar to a bull's head. Bobal is known to have one of the highest levels of anthocyanin (color) of any red wine grape.
This wine is produced from vines aged 60 years and older. They are planted to mainly flat vineyards, at high elevations with the vines growing in brown limestone and clay soils. Vines are trained to wires to allow optimal control of ripening.
Grapes were hand harvested and brought to the winery. After destemming the grapes underwent alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Following fermentation the wine was aged for 6 months in a combination of 70% French oak and 30% American oak barrels.
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. Jan/Feb 2017
(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 New Releases from Spain Part 1