Monday, February 28, 2011

Realce Bobal Reserva 2004 at Wines From DO Manchuela

The Manchuela region has been an overlooked wine producing area of Spain, but last week I got to experience some of their outstanding wines. Even though they have been making wine there for centuries, it was only in 2000 when they became recognized as a (D.O.) Denomination of Origin.

The first grape you should know about is the Bobal, which really defines the region. It is a grape with medium size bunches, spherical dark blue berries, and generally high in tannins and with medium acidity. Even though the Bobal is very well suited for the production of Rose wines, the first one I'd like to talk about is a red called Realce Bobal Reserva 2004.

Made from 100% Bobal grapes, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then in French and American oak barrels for 18 months before bottling, ruby colors and burnt umber around the glass rim, initial aromas are of stewed fruits with cola and ripe cherries. On the palate intense raisins but as if reduced in a vanilla sauce, supple with spices and fruity texture and nice long finish.

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