Spanish Bobal for the Rainy Weekend

This week was particularly gray and uncharacteristically cool for an August weekend in Atlanta.  It was the perfect weekend to drink a comforting red wine and play cards or catch up on your recent television series obsession.  On times such as this, I suggest trying a rich, easy-drinking spanish red such as Bobal.  The pH team was excited to opened up Isaac Fernandez’s Bovale Bobal for our Saturday afternoon tasting, and it was spot on.

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.  Fernandez makes this wine 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 oakiness with juicy blackberry, raspberry, licorice flavors make this the perfect wine for a gray day.

Another perk of this bottle is that it is only $14.99.  It’s definitely an ideal red wine to have at the house and share with friends.  The Fernandez Bovale Bobal is looking like my new house red wine, in addition to my rainy day wine.