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Community Tasting Notes (8) Avg Score: 88.7 points

  • A few years ago I was longing to taste a varietal Bobal -- now he American market seems to be overflowing with them. This is neither the best (bodegas Ponce) nor the worst (to protect the guilty!). Very dark with an aroma of crushed raspberries and a dash of pepper. Very tannic, somewhat angular, but with a good core of fruit. A rather tart finish. This requires robust food. It may deserve a better score in the future if the tannins resolve themselves, but I have no idea how Bobal ages! Interesting, not great QPR, and nowhere near as good as FS Syrah.

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  • Fairly deep color. Notes of vanilla, spice & oak with a nice mix of red and dark fruits. Develops a chocolate quality as it sits. Nicely balanced and bright, the fruit takes center stage though there is some structure here as well. Quite nice. I was thinking Merlot, but as this was the last wine, the person who brought it announced that it was an unusual variety so don't waste too much time guessing.

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  • Tasted twice over two days. Way too much oak here - like drinking a handful of wood chips - and the tannins are gritty and bone dry. No balance at all. The fruit is completly overpowered and that's a shame as the flavors you can find behind all the wood are really nice. Scoring at 85 and that feels generous.

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  • - Purple color - Really was a wine that got better the longer it sat open. A slight dark berry nose turned to a teriyaki leathery scent. Dark berry, lots of flavor and explosion in the mouth, thick with long dry finish. Will save other body a couple years

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  • A wild, untamed young beast. Exotic aromas of Indian baking spices and teriyaki beef jerky. Powerful flavors with sweet but prominent tannins. Really interesting. I'd definitely like to see where this is in a few years.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    September/October 2012, IWC Issue #164, (See more on Vinous...)

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