2007 Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "La Casilla" Manchuela (Previously $22)

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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. Simply put, this is the most intriguing warmer climate Spanish red I have tasted in a long while - not too hot or oaky, just a wonderful expression of carefully native yeast fermented indigenous grapes. Great stuff. 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 La Casilla is 100% Bobal, a grape indigenous to the region, sourced from biodynamically farmed vineyards ranging in age from 32 to 55 years. Alcoholic fermentation is by carbonic maceration after which the wine goes to barrel for malolactic fermentation. The wine remains in barrel (of various sizes) for ten months before bottling without filtration. Dark ruby-colored, it offers up an alluring bouquet of smoke, lavender, mineral, black raspberry, and black cherry. This leads to a smooth-textured wine with baking spices and fruit compote notes emerging on the palate. Nicely balanced, it has enough silky tannin to evolve for several years and should be at its best from 2011 to 2020." (02/09)

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/26/2010  | Send Email
Being a consummate wine professional, I sometimes employ an elaborate, if cryptic, use of symbols for my wine-note taking; happy faces, sad faces, angry faces, confused faces, plus and minus signs, question marks, exclamation points, asterisks, etc.. I'm happy to say this wine got a happy face AND an exclamation point! From the relatively new and somewhat obscure D.O of Manchuela in south east Spain and made from the equally obscure Bobal grape, this wine is dark and thick, with a black licorice-y aroma that reminds me a bit of Pedro Ximenez sherry, but a bretty, horse blanket aroma that lends it a wildness. Throw in some pretty red and black fruits and you have a sort of Cru Beaujolais meets Old Vine Garnacha meets Northern Rhone. The wine is full bodied but not ponderous, the alcohol is high but the wine is not hot, and the tannins are huge but just need some rustic, full flavored cuisine to tame them. A very cool wine that anyone digging Spain these days absolutely must check out. CM

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Other Red Wines

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Spain

- 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.