The wine displays aromas of ripe dark berry fruit complimented by scents of dried flowers and black licorice. This medium-bodied wine offers polished tannins and subtle smokiness.
Wine Enthusiast 89 points - Charred aromas top this dark-fruited, high-quality Bobal from central Spain. While not very complex, this wine is exceedingly friendly and easy to like; it feels smooth and deep, with oaky goodness supporting black-fruit, carob and herbal flavors. Toast, blackberry, licorice and clove flavors all rise up on a clean, medium-length finish. (Nov 2013)
Winemaker Isaac Fernandez brings more than 25 years of winemaking experience to his latest, and namesake project. As the nephew of Mariano Garcia (the winemaker for Vega Sicilia), one could say that Isaac comes by his talent naturally. Using his network of relationships he sources fruit from superior, older vine vineyards in northern Spain. The fruit is handpicked and destemmed prior to vinification. Isaac’s philosophy is simple, “I try to respect the identity of the vineyards and of the grapes with which I work.”
|Wine maker notes
|The name Bovale comes from the Latin word for shape of the Bobal grape bunch, similar to a bull’s head. Bobal is known to have one of the highest levels of anthocyanin (color) of any red wine grape.
This wine is produced from vines aged 60 years and older. They are planted to mainly flat vineyards, at high elevations with the vines growing in brown limestone and clay soils. Vines are trained to wires to allow optimal control of ripening.
Grapes were hand harvested and brought to the winery. After destemming the grapes underwent alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Following fermentation the wine was aged for 6 months in a combination of 70% French oak and 30% American oak barrels.
|Hand-picked Bobal from 60+ year old vines planted at 3,000 feet on brown limestone and clay soils was fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for six months in French (70%) and American oak barrels.
|Isaac Fernandez Selection is the newest venture of the famous winemaker, Isaac Fernandez, who has spent more than 25 years producing some of the best wines in Northern Spain. He seeks to respect the identity of each vineyard and to nurture wines that balance power, finesse and purity with the capacity to age.