2008 Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "La Casilla" Manchuela

SKU #1076528

Produced from 100% bobal, a grape variety indigneous to the Manchuela D.O., west of Alicante, this wine is INTENSE. Dark plums and cherries, pits and all, show a distinctive aromatic pungency. On the palate, there is vivid, intense wild dark fruit; rich to be sure, but natural and balanced with good acid as well. To elaborate this wine, seven distinctive parcels of sand, clay and limestone soils were identified and vinified separately, whole cluster, with a minimal amount of SO2 added. This is a tough wine to place, but if I had to describe it with comparisons, think of the acid and structure of a great quality Morgon, perhaps with the warmth and riper fruit of a serious southern Rhone red. However you care to describe it, this is one of the most serious Spanish reds we have right now, clearly made from awesome fruit by a very talented vigneron.

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2012 | Send Email
Really good red wine for the price, juicy red fruits, fine tannins, medium bodied. Pretty much what everyone wants from a red wine except no one ever looks for 100% Bobol when doing so. The "La Casilla" will taste good to any wine fan, yet provides a new and exciting glimpse into the diverse varietals of Spain. Dig in!

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 14