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Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "P.F." Bobal '16

Manchuela

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "P.F." Bobal '16

Juan Antonio Ponce is one of the young winemakers of Spain to watch, having been mentored by Telmo Rodríguez, and working as his right man at Compañia de Vinos Telmo Rodríguez. Ponce started his own winery in 2005 at the age of 23, with the help of his father who owned a small amount of property in the DO of Manchuela. Manchuela is a more inland appellation of Valencia, where Bobal thrives.  In fact, this is a project that he began with his father, outside of his main property in Castilla La Mancha.

Ponce is meticulous in allowing Bobal to be able to express itself in the most natural way possible.  3.5 ha of old "pie Franco" (P.F.) Bobal vines that remain ungrafted and pre-phylloxera due to the sandy soils, where he farms biodynamically. Here, he takes the grapes and ferments them at a chilled temperture and whole cluster (known as “remango,” which was once popular in Rioja), with wild yeast fermentation and minimal additional sulfur.  The wine then ages for 10 months in 3rd & 4th used large French Oak barrels. 

He has taken what has once been considered a grape for bulk wine, due to its thicker skins and higher yields, and created something with control and mastered it.  He has made a great name for the area of Manchuela, as well as the varietal.  The wine is company with dark, rich fruit including black cherry, blackberry and plum.  Hints of cacao, and herbs are peppered within.  This wine is rich, ripe and full of depth and nuance.  

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Spain

Details

Producer Bodagas y Viñedos Ponce
Vintage 2016
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Bobal

Acidity

4 / 5

Tannin

5 / 5

Body

5 / 5

Sweetness

1 / 5

Fruity

4 / 5

Funky

1 / 5

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