Cien y Pico, a remarkable Bobal


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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  1. 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.

  2. I know two of the four winemakers, Rafael Orozco and Luis Gimenez, fantastic people and with a deep, passionate commitment to their region and winemaking. This may seem like a shameless plug, but I’m posting this a sign of appreciation to their continuous support of my documentary on Bobal, and they can be seen in the trailer here –

  3. Guys, I met above bottles (dated on 2015).
    Pls explain connection with Cohiba ? Never seen before in any market in Spain. Pls advise the bodega name to visit

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