Country: Spain Region: Utiel-Requena
Varietal: 100% Bobal Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Agricola de Vinos la Higuera
Javier del Blanco and his friend Jorge Navascues were convinced that Bobal could make more interesting wines than the rosés usually produced in Utiel-Requena. Old vines, gentle handling of the grapes, and minimal intervention in the cellar turned out to be the trick. Not really a trick of course, as they had partnered with Modesto Francés and the Valsangiacomo family, locals who already had the best sites in their hands. La Pinada comes from 3 hectares of a parcel of the same name. 60 year old bush-trained vines. Spontaneous fermentation in concrete. We’re just not used to wines this fresh and subtle from this part of the world. And the wine press has, rightfully so, been quick to recognize this impressive work.
The grapes for this juicy and enticing Spanish Red come exclusively from 3 ha of a single parcel called “La Pinada”, growing on alluvial and clay soils. These bush-vines are really old now, planted in 1958, and are one of the key factors that make this so good to drink. There is a lovely intensity to the fruit - with no hard edges, no excess weight. Just an easy flow and dangerous drinkability!
None of the fruit's bright character is lost to wood as the wine is mostly aged in concrete, rather than the traditional local barrels. Altitude is key too - Utiel Requena is the undisputed capital for fine Bobal - and these old vines at 750m are about as good as it gets, this height combined with the Mediterranean climate are the perfect terroir to get expressive, bright Bobal - a wine you just want to drink.
Fine Floral aroma. Cherry fruit boldly expressed on the palate and crunchy crisp acidity. Light notes of aniseed, liquorice and some finely chewy tannins. Youthful refreshing style. 'HIGHLY RECOMMENDED'
Food Matches: Casseroles / Lamb / Smoked Fish / Soft Cheese