Fatum Tempranillo Bobal

"Fresh, easy-to-drink style, excellent balance" —
Manuel Manzaneque, winemaker
La Mancha D.O.
90% Tempranillo, 10% Bobal
750 meters / large stones over clay, lime-rich clay
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Hand harvested fruit from 35 year old vines
Cold maceration with skins for 3-4 days, fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks
Aged for a few months in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling, no oak.
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Wine Name
Fatum Tempranillo Bobal 2015
89+ (VfC) 89 (VM) 89 (VfC) 87 (RP)
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89+ View from the Cellar The 2015 Fatum offers up a lovely and quite complex bouquet of black cherries, a touch of chicory, roasted game, lovely, sandy soil tones, smoky overtones and just a touch of tree bark in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and nicely plump at the core, with modest tannins, tangy acids and excellent length and grip on the well-balanced finish. Bobal often finishes with just a touch of backend bitterness that recalls top-end Montepulciano, and there is just a whisper of this on the finish here. This is another absolutely stellar value! 2017-2027.
89 Vinous Media (all stainless steel) Vivid red. Aromas and flavors of fresh red berries and candied flowers slowly develop a peppery nuance. Smooth and weightless in style, picking up an exotic and refreshingly bitter orange zest note on the back half. Closes silky and taut, showing good cling, no obvious tannins and a lingering suggestion of candied strawberry.
2017 - 2021
89 View from the Cellar This particular bottling of the 2015 Fatum from Manuel Manzaneque Suárez again is a slightly different blend from the first 2015 version I reported on a year ago, as this time the cépages is ninety percent Tempranillo and only ten percent Bobal (the blend is listed on the back label). This version of 2015 is the same octane level as last year, coming in at 13.5 percent alcohol. The new version of 2015 Fatum offers up a fine and more red fruity aromatic constellation of cherries, a bit of blood orange, venison, bonfire, discreet savory elements (wild fennel?) and a good base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and very nicely balanced, with a good core, impressive soil signature, moderate tannins and lovely focus and grip on the long and complex finish. Bobal and Tempranillo really work nicely together in this blend! This is again a terrific value! 2018-2025+.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
87 The Wine Advocate This entry-level red is already on the 2016 vintage, but I tasted the 2015 Fatum Tinto. It's a juicy and fruit-driven blend of Tempranillo and Bobal grapes from La Mancha that reflect their place and varietal typicity. It's clean and approachable after some time with lees in tank, but the wine was bottled without having touched oak.
Issue 234, December 2017
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Fatum Tempranillo Bobal 2016
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Fatum Tempranillo Bobal 2017
90 (VM) 88 (VfC) 15.5/20 (JR)
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90 Vinous Media Brilliant ruby. Ripe raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by building spice and floral accents. Appealingly jammy red fruit and lavender pastille flavors show very good clarity and seamless texture. The red fruit qualities carry strongly through a long, sappy finish that's framed by smooth, even tannins. This wine is ridiculously easy to drink. All stainless steel. 2021- 2025
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
88 View from the Cellar The 2017 Fatum Tinto has a cépages this year of eighty percent Tempranillo and twenty percent Bobal (a grape I really like and feel is quite underrated). The grapes hail from organically-farmed vineyards, are fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in stainless steel prior to bottling. The 2017 comes in at 13.5 percent octane and offers up a stylish nose of cherries, raspberries, clove-like spice tones, a bit of cigar smoke and a good base of soil. On the palate the wine is bright, ripe and full-bodied, with a good core of fruit, fine focus and grip, moderate tannins and a long, tangy and complex finish. This has plenty of robust personality and is an absolute steal at $13 a bottle here in the US! 2020-2030.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020
15.5/20 Jancis Robinson.com Tasted blind. The nose is intense and shows garrigue herbs and lots of pungent spices such as black pepper. It is well ripened, with fruit lying beneath the spiciness. It is very rounded and broad, like a fruit explosion on the palate, lots of sweet-related texture and a voluminous approach. It has a characteristic bitter and rustic back palate.
The kingdom of Bobal - April 2019
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