Finca Sandoval Signo Bobal

Victor de la Serna is considered to be the one of the top three most influential wine experts on Spanish wine. Yet he wasn't always winemaker.
Victor is very respected wine and food writer, restaurant critique and editor in chief of famous - a collective Spanish wine blog that seriously discusses wines. So you can imagine, when he announced releasing a first vintage of his own wine, the fellow wine society became alert.

He was familiar with the Manchuela's area for over 35 years, because his father-in-law owned farmland there. Therefore, he had enough time to study the soils and climate. He knew that it would be a top spot for planting other varieties, and possibly making quite unique wines. It was an opportunity not embraced by locals, mainly for historical and economical reasons. So when the financial opportunity stroke, Victor was planting his first vineyards in 1998 with high quality Syrah and Touriga National (a high tannin Portuguese grape, also used in Ports). Besides his Syrah vineyard with the lowest-yielding clones, he also located the best quality old vineyards, planted with native varieties like Grenache, Mourvèdre and Bobal. And the modest but efficient winery was installed.
Every vintage of Finca Sandoval is of a slightly different blend. That's the charm and freedom of proprietary blends.

Variety: Bobal 88%, Syrah 9%, Moravia Agria 3%
Area: D.O. Manchuela
Vintage: 2011
Ageing: 11 months in oak barrels
Serving Temperature: 15ºC
Tasting Notes:
(By Robert M. Parker, The Wine Advocate) First of all, it is a showcase for the indigenous Bobal grape that was planted in 1939. The addition of Syrah seems to flesh out the wine, resulting in a dense purple-colored wine, offering notes of blueberries, blackberries, graphite and white flowers. Exhibiting a seamless integration of acidity, wood, tannin and alcohol, this beauty represents fabulous value. It should evolve for up to a decade.

Pairing suggestions: Grilled lamb chops, Indian dishes, salmon steaks

Collections: Red Wines, Wines

Type: Red

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