Caprasia, "Crianza Ánfora" Bobal 2017
In the ancient Iberian dialect “Caprasia” means “Land of the Goats,” referencing the goat herds that roamed the hills since time immemorial in the twin towns of Utiel and Requena, part of Spain’s “Levante” region just west of Valencia.
The Caprasia project comes our way via the famed Bodegas Vegalfaro and the small family estate of Finca Alfaro, in Utiel-Requena. The finca (farm) tends a small plot of 85-plus year-old Bobal vines along a nearby river valley, grown completely organically and naturally. Their commitment to natural winemaking extends to this bottling, aged partly in clay amphorae (ànfora), echoing how wines were produced in Spain for the past two millennia.
Grapes are delicately hand-harvested and fermented in steel tank, then aged in used French oak and 150-liter clay pots. Upon the first pull of the cork, you’ll discover a fleshy, earthy, and smoky red wine with generous notes of red and black plum fruits accented by an array of wild Mediterranean scents. One gets hints of leather, extinguished candle, woodsmoke, warm tilled earth, black olive licorice, and bunches of dried herbs. The palate is a compelling blend of fruits and those secondary aromas, merging into a fine-grained palate with smoky tannins and a rustic earthiness. If you like old-world reds with character and spice, jump in to this wonderful, natural red and see how capable the Bobal varietal truly is!
The Bobal grape name might stem from the latin for bull – bovale – perhaps due to the bullheaded nature of the grape’s growing pattern, the shape of the bunches in a bull's head, or the deep red juice it exudes, like bull’s blood. Regardless, it’s one of Spain’s most significant yet lesser-known varieties, and in full form here makes for an outstanding, absurdly-valued natural red that shows how dynamic and exciting Spain truly is now! Free shipping on six. Enjoy!
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