Bovale Rosado 2020

$14.99

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Alcohol: 13%

Grape(s): Bobal

Localization: Levante, Spain

Tasting notes: This is a lovely, very pale salmon color and offers up a pretty nose of watermelon, white cherries, white soil tones, and a top note of violets. On the palate, the wine is bright, fullish, and nicely light on its feet, with sound framing acids, good focus, and bounce, and a sneaky long finish. This is made for easy quaffing and is quite tasty.

This wine was produced from a single, 40-year-old vineyard called Ladera Fuentesca. It is located at 900 meters above sea level and offers soils rich in limestone with a permeable texture, which is important for water retention in this area where irrigation is not used. The climate is Continental (hot days, warm nights, and a fairly extreme winter) with a Mediterranean influence.

The vines are farmed with sustainable methods and minimal chemical inputs. Careful selection of bunches during hand harvesting is followed by a short maceration of the crushed grapes with their skins, only 6 hours, at very low temperatures to minimize the final color of the finished wine. Thereafter the wine was fermented at low temperature to maintain all of the fruit characters of the grapes.

The Domain: Isaac Fernandez Seleccion is a unique collaborative venture between two individuals – Isaac Fernandez one of Spain’s most acclaimed winemakers and Aurelio Cabestrero whose vision and commitment helped bring Spanish wines to the forefront in the United States. They work at rediscovering forgotten regions of superior terroir and maximizing the potential from old vines of indigenous grape varieties. Bovale is the old Roman name for the local grape, Bobal, grown in the mountains of southeastern Spain.