About This Wine
We've offered this great value pan-regional blend since day dot. Following two cooler harvests, this 2016 is a more layered, aromatic example that leaps out the glass and gets straight down to business. As always, Bozeto is a predominately Grenache/Tempranillo blend; the Grenache portion (50%) hails from the sandy, riverstone terroir of El Agudo, a 60 year old plot at Alfaro on the Monte Yerga (Rioja Baja), while the Tempranillo (40%) comes from the mature Periquita vineyard (in Ábalos) in the Rioja Alta. To preserve its primary freshness, Puyaubert ferments his Grenache in Nomblot concrete while the Tempranillo is fermented in oak vats and raised in old wooden foudre. Finally, there is 10% Graciano, highly unusual for a Rioja at this price. This component comes again from Rioja Alta and brings acidity, complexity and another layer of flavour and texture.
This is a wonderfully aromatic, food friendly wine. It opens with perfumes of dark cherry and red floral overtones that lead to a round, flowing palate with flavours of raspberry, blackberry, powdered dark chocolate and a fresh edge of something herbal and savoury. The finish is sappy and super fresh.
A bargain by any standards.
|Varietal(s)||Grenache Tempranillo Graciano|
Wines of Spain
With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.
The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.
In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.
Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.
Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.
World Wine – “Unusually for a new wave producer, Tom Payaubert still favours the traditional style of pan-regional blending: 50% Garnacha from Monte Agudo in the Rioja Baja and 40% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from Ábalos in the Rioja Alta. Aged in old foudres, it’s a subtle, raspberry and redcurrant-perfumed red with appealing texture.” 91 points, Tim Atkin MW
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