|92||View from the Cellar||The 2016 Bobal single parcel bottling from Señor Manzaneque Suarez is made from vines that are fully eighty years of age, planted on a parcel of gravel and sand. The wine was fermented with fifteen percent whole clusters and indigenous yeasts and aged for fourteen months in second fill French casks. The wine is a touch riper than the 2017 Cencibel bottling, coming in at a full fourteen percent, but offers up impressive purity in its aromatic constellation of sweet dark berries, cassis, a bit of spiced meats, cola, a fine base of soil, just a whisper Emidio Pepe-styled botanicals and gentle cedary wood tones. On the palate the wine is pure, precise and full-bodied, with a lovely core of sappy black fruit, fine focus and grip, ripe, well-integrated tannins and a long, complex and very well-balanced finish. This is approachable today, but will be even better with a few years in the cellar to let the backend tannins soften up a bit more. It is a superb wine and really underscores just how good Bobal can be! 2023-2045+.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020
|92||Vinous Media||Deep violet. Vibrant cherry and black currant scents are complemented by cracked pepper, licorice and floral accents. Taut and focused on entry, then fleshier in the midpalate, offering intense dark berry and bitter cherry flavors sweetened by a violet pastille nuance. Fine-grained tannins build on the penetrating finish, which lingers with strong, spicy tenacity. 2022- 2029
Josh Raynolds - February 2021