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Peppery, fennel seedy and green red from the highlands of southeast Spain. Made of Bobal, a native vine of Utiel-Requena and one of the most widely planted grapes in the country and often grown for quantity over quality. However, in the hands of the right producer it is capable of being a substantial and intriguing wine, and we feel Vera De Estanas is just that sort of winemaker. Organically farmed 800 meters above sea level in a climate of hot days and cold nights.
From the mouth of the importer (Jose Pastor):
"Estenas Bobal Crafted from en vaso trained Bobal vines averaging 50 years of age (some of them up to 100 years) located in the heart of Utiel-Requena on clay-calcareous soils. The wine is fermented in concrete tanks and raised in a mix of concrete and old American oak barrels. This Bobal is medium-bodied and shows a mix of bright black and red fruits, spice, and minerals, while maintaining moderate alcohol and high acidity. The result is a red wine that’s friendly with a wide variety of meats, especially game – a traditional pairing is Gazpacho Manchego, and Valencian paella made with rabbit or chicken, and snails."