Bodegas Ponce Clos Lojen Bobal 2021

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Alcohol: 13.5%

Grape(s): 100% Bobal

Localization: La Mancha, Spain

Tasting Notes: Light and refreshing yet don’t be fooled, this Bobal has some serious structure. Well balanced on the palate with strawberry, raspberry, plum, blackberries and a nice fig note. Delicious to sip slightly chilled!

Food pairing: Tapas, paella, or Chinese food!

The Domain: Manchuela, a lesser-known Spanish wine region that is inland from Valencia, is where the Bobal varietal thrives; known for its thick skins and rusticity, controlling the Bobal’s vigor is what makes for a well-balanced and interesting wine. While very few defenders of this region and even fewer winemakers are dedicated to this varietal, Juan Antonio Ponce stands proud as a master and interpreter of the Bobal grape.

Juan Antonio Ponce began his winery in 2005, at the age of 23. He works biodynamically in the vineyard, and in the winery he takes a natural approach, using low levels of sulfur dioxide. His philosophy is to make natural wines with wild yeast fermentation, to respect the local varietal Bobal and to express its terroir.

Juan Antonio Ponce worked as the right-hand man to Telmo Rodriguez at Cia de Vinos Telmo Rodrigues for 5 years. During this time he was in charge of winemaking, vineyard management, etc. His father, who owned some land in Manchuela, decided to start this project with him.