Bovale Rosado

"Brilliant pink. Musky red fruits, rhubarb, blood orange and a subtle herb nuance on the nose." —
Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media
Utiel-Requena D.O.
100% Bobal, from the single, 40-year old Ladera Fuentesca vineyard
900 meters / broken, brown limestone with high proportion of marine fossils
Farming Methods
Sustainable methods
Hand harvested into small boxes
Short, 2 hour maceration at low temperature, pressed, followed by cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks
Aged for a few months on fine lees prior to bottling
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Bovale Rosado 2018
90 (VM) 89 (I-WR) 88 (VfC)
Score Publication Review Copy
90 Vinous Media Limpid orange. Pungent red berry and citrus fruit aromas are complemented by a white pepper nuance that adds spicy lift. A chewy, energetic midweight whose tightly focused bitter cherry and red currant flavors deepen and take a sweeter turn on the back half. Finishes firm and quite long, with repeating spiciness and a lingering cherry pit note.
2019 Rosé Roundup – August 15, 2019
89 International Wine Review Light pink blush. The Bovale offers a floral, spicy nose with notes of roses and a touch of cinnamon. It’s crisp and clean on the attack with original flavors of watermelon, pear, citrus, and poached pear, finishing with a lingering chalkiness.
"2018 Vintage Rosés from Spain and Portugal" - June 5, 2019
88 View from the Cellar The 2018 Bovale Rosado is composed entirely from the lovely grape of Bobal, with the wine fermented and aged in stainless steel and coming in at a cool twelve percent alcohol in this vintage. It is a pale salmon color and offers up a bright bouquet of watermelon, cherry skins, dried flowers, a nice base of gently chalky soil tones and a topnote of wild fennel. On the palate the wine is bright, bouncy and medium-full, with good focus and grip, zesty acids and fine length on the well-balanced finish. Very tasty and a good value. 2020-2025.
Issue # 85 - January/February 2020
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Bovale Rosado 2020
89 (WRO) 88 (VM) 87 (VfC)
Score Publication Review Copy
89 Wine Review Online Bobal is an important if still little known grape variety outside of Spain. In addition to making fine red table wine (usually from very old vines) in Utiel-Requena (near Valencia) it also makes very tasty rosé. This is a fine case in point and a good value too, featuring red berry fruit notes recalling cranberries and strawberries, with good freshness and flavors that strike a fine balance between restraint and generosity.
Michael Franz - April 6, 2021
88 Vinous Media Limpid orange-pink. Spice-accented red currant and orange zest aromas and flavors show good clarity and a subtle herbal overtone. Taut and focused, with the spicy note carrying through the nicely persistent finish. 2021- 2023
Josh Raynolds - March 2021
87 View from the Cellar The Bovale Rosado hails from forty year-old Bobal grapes grown at an elevation of three thousand feet above sea level. The 2020 is a lovely, very pale salmon color and offers up a pretty nose of watermelon, white cherries, white soil tones and a topnote of violets. On the palate the wine is bright, fullish and nicely light on its feet, with sound framing acids, good focus and bounce and a sneaky long finish. This is made for easy quaffing and is quite tasty. 2021-2022.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021
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