Encuentro Bobal 2013

Hey!  I had another new wine experience recently.  I had a Bobal.

My first thought when I saw the label was, “What the heck is a Bobal?”  I bought it, of course.  How else was I to find out?  Seems the Bobal grape is a red wine grape that is native to the Valencia area.  It is also known by a host of other names, none of which I recognized.  So I think it’s safe to say that this was, indeed, my first Bobal.  Awesome!

Winemaker:  Encuentro by Bodega Aranleón
Varietal: Bobal
Vintage: 2013
Appellation:  Valencia DDO, Spain
Price:  $6.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  This Spaniard was medium-bodied and silky in the mouth.  On the nose I caught scents of blueberry, blackberry, pepper, rubber and kerosine.  Acidity was good, tannins were light, and alcohol was a 13.5%.  Flavors I found included eucalyptus, blueberry, blackberry, rubber, leather and tobacco with a repeat of eucalyptus on the finish.  I liked that it was more than just a simple, cheap red.  It had some complexity on the palate as well as in the bouquet.  According to my research, the varietal can produce wines with chewy tannins as well as the higher acidity and dark fruit flavors I found in this selection.  I definitely would have enjoyed a bit more tannic backbone than was present in the Encuentro, but at $6.99 I don’t really think I have much to complain about.

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