2012 Isaac Fernandez Bovale, Utiel-Requena, Spain
This highly pigmented, tannic wine comes from the Utiel-Requena region in Valencia, Spain. It is the third most planted grape in Spain, behind Airen and Tempranillo. The thick skins of Bobal give the wine the dark color and tannins. This wine is from vines of over 60 years. The malo-lactic fermentation and oak aging of his Bovale give this old-vine wine a soft, smooth finish making it enjoyable and easy to drink. That smooth texture carries the juicy blackberry, raspberry, licorice flavors beautifully. Enjoy it now and over the next several years. It is a great red to have as you fire up the grill this fall and represents a tremendous value.