Bodegas Estenas Bobal 2019: Utiel-Requena, Spain

Grapes: Bobal

Region/History Notes: While the wine making traditions of Utiel-Requena (pronounced ew-tee-EL ray-KAY-nah) date back to the 7th Century BC, it is just now making itself known to American buyers. It is perfect for wine with its higher elevation, well-drained soils, diurnal temperature variation (shift between hot days and cool nights), and higher winds (so the vines don’t deal with rot). Bobal is the primary grape grown here (pronounced bo-BAHL) and it is pretty unique to this area. Haven't heard of it? Don't worry, most people haven't- but you will thank me for introducing it to you after you taste it!

Tasting Notes: Smells like blueberry cobbler if you spilled your black pepper all over it and then sprinkled it with a bunch of pencil shavings (trust me, that's a good thing!) Grippy tannins and rich minerality give structure to this medium-bodied but fruit-forward wine that packs a lot of punch. Blueberries, plums, super-ripe strawberries, and black cherries all laced together with a bit of a smoky/leathery finish. Pair with anything that has a good smoky bbq sauce on top!

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