Sierra Norte Pasion de Bobal Utiel-Requeña 2009
Pasión is made out of Bobal grapes from more than 60-year-old vines, which are planted at 3,000 feet above sea level in the interior of the province of Valencia. The climate is continental but influenced by the Mediterranean. At the end of October, a manual harvest using small cases was followed by a selection of bunches at the reception in the winery. Long and very careful maceration at low temperature preceded the fermentation, also started at low temperature. The wine then went through malolactic fermentation in new French oak barriques and was aged in barrique for six to eight months.
Really nice bottle of Spanish red. Not familiar with the Bobal grape but bought this on recommendation of our local wine store owner in anticipation of our upcoming trip to Spain. Medium bodied with good acidity and dark red/blue fruit and a bit of pepper. Medium dry tannins with a decent finish.
Peppery blueberry and raspberry notes with violets on the nose. Palate offers up some of the same elements on the nose. Med bodied balanced well with fruit acid and tannins. Feminine delicate characteristics. Some light vanilla earthy notes. Neat to try a new indigenous varietal from Spain, bobal.
Nice with red meat...black cherry and current....per Dave: it's a big wine
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Jugendliches Kirschrot. Frisch und rotbeerig im Bouquet, einen Hauch Kräuter und etwas Toast vom Fass. Im Gaumen ebenfalls erfrischend mit guter Säure und feinherbem Gerbstoff, an rote Kirschen erinnernde Frucht. Dezente Holznote im Abgang. Unkomplizierter, trinkfreudiger Rotwein.
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Lots of spicy and fragrant American oak barrel accents add to the complexity of this Bobal, a grape that can sometimes produce fairly simple wines. Alongside the oak’s vanilla bean and sawdust notes, the wine exhibits more than its usual overripe character; instead, raisin notes are accompanied by red cherries, dried raspberries, and slightly edgy tannins.
<p>A traditional wine from a vineyard in Valencia that has always grown its grapes organically. It has rich, spicy flavors with hints of black cherry. Aging in French oak barrels for 6-months gives it a toasty, woody aroma. Best served with lamb or beef.</p>