Cien y Pico, a remarkable Bobal

Cien y pico bobal
Spain has some brilliant old vineyards. When they get into the hands of the right people, good things happen. This is a Bobal, a grape variety that has lived in the shadows but which is attracting more attention. It’s a big, rich wine, but it isn’t over-oaked and it still has freshness.

Cien y Pico ‘En Vaso’ Bobal 2011 Manchuela, Spain
Made from ancient Bobal vines, dry grown on limestone soils, this is a collaboration between Elena Golakova, Luis Jimenez, Nicola Tucci and Zar Brooks. Very rich, intense, sweet nose is almost Port-like, yet it still remains fresh, with blackcurrant, blackberry, spice and a hint of tar. Super-concentrated palate is powerful, rich and tannic with liquorice, black fruits, meat, spice and tar. Essence of old vine Bobal: Australia meets Spain. 92/100

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2 comments to Cien y Pico, a remarkable Bobal

  • Viking10

    What is the link with Cohiba cigars? The design influence cannot be a coincedence……………

  • Finn Robberstad

    No coincidence – and the same basic label design is used on the other wines of the team – two versions of Garancha Tintorera also from 100+year old wines on the high plains of Manchuela. These two wines, “Knights Errant” and “Doble Pasta” are similarly styled as the Bobal, but, of course, with the different grape characteristics. Especially the Doble Pasta is very reasonably priced for its quality.

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