Bovale Rose

"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 Rose 2018
90 (VM) 89 (I-WR) 88 (VfC)
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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 Rose 2020
89 (WRO) 88 (VM) 87 (VfC)
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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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Bovale Rose 2021
90 (OB) 89 (VfC) 87 (WE)
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90 Made from Bobal grapes, this Utiel-Requena DOP bottling offers Christmas spices, ripe teaberry, and shades of orange rind on the nose. Beautifully textured and fresh, with no hard edges, this would be a delightful Rose for a hot summer day that will pair well with an endless range of tapas. Drink 2022-2026.
Owen Bargreen - July 20, 2022
89 View from the Cellar The Bovale Rosado is made entirely from the lovely grape variety of Bobal, with these vines fully forty years of age. The 2021 Bovale Rosado delivers lovely aromatics of white cherry, casaba melon, rose petal, salty white soils and a lovely touch of spice in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and succulent, with a fine core, good framing acids and grip and a long, impressively complex finish. I really like the backend lift here. Fine juice. 2022-2025.
John Gilman - Issue # 98 – March-April 2022
87 Wine Enthusiast This wine has a bouquet of apricot, cherry and rose petal. Floral notes continue on to the palate, where they are joined by flavors of grapefruit and honeydew melon with the faintest hint of green bell pepper. A soft savory note carries into the bright finish
Mike DeSimone - Issue November 2022
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Bovale Rose 2022
88 (VfC)
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88 View from the Cellar The 2022 Bovale Rosado is made entirely from the Bobal grape variety, with the vines going into this bottling forty years of age or older. The wine is a lovely pale salmon color and offers up a nose of watermelon, candied orange peel, salty soil tones and dried flowers. There is also a touch of savory notes in the nose which are from the screwcap, but these blow off if one gives the wine some time in decanter. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and succulent,with a good core, sound acids and very good length and grip on the well-balanced finish. Bobal is clearly a grape that lends itself to making good Rosado! 2023-2026.
John Gilman - Issue #105 May/June 2023.
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