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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.0%
Production50,000 - 60,000 bottles

What does this wine taste like?

Once the bottle is uncorked and the wine served, we can appreciate its lovely cherry colour with violet hues on the rim and medium density. The nose emanates fresh aromas of cherries and blackberries, complemented by woodland hints, liquorice and the odd lactic note. At first it seems shy, but its juiciness soon hits the palate, filling it with luscious tannins and light spicy suggestions. There's elegance, a subtly bitter nuance, leaving in our minds the image of a modern wine that seemingly wants to refer us back to a time gone by.

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

cocidos-y-potajes
Stews and casseroles
aves-y-carnes-blancas
Poultry and white meats
carnes-rojas
Red meat
quesos-curados
Cured cheeses
arroces
Rice
aperitivos
Snacks and appetizers
embutidos-y-jamon
Sausages and ham
pescados
Fish

Roast lamb / Pork roasted in red wine / Semi-cured cheeses / Meat rice dishes / Vegetable salads

Ratings and awards

202193 PK
202092 PK
201992 PK
201891+ PK
201792 PK
201691 PK
PK: Parker

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The entry-level Bobal 2019 Clos Lojen mixes grapes from two villages, Villanueva de la Jara and Iniesta. The grapes fermented with full clusters in 4,500-liter oak vats and matured in 10,000- and 15,000-liter oak vats for six months. It started with a strong nose reminiscent of carbonic maceration, but it soon turned into more licorice and serious aromas. This comes from a zone that ripens early, so the grapes were picked before the rain. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, and it's very tasty with moderate alcohol and good freshness, making it very versatile with food. It feels like a very complete vintage for this super affordable bottling, in line with the 2017; it has depth and is more serious than what the price might suggest. Great value! This is the first certified-organic vintage of this wine. 60,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2020.

— Luis Gutiérrez (26/10/2021)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2019 - 92 PARKER

Customer reviews

4.2/5
16 reviews
Vintage:

Winemaking

The grapes originate from vines aged up to 80 years old, with some even un-grafted, and are vinified separately, each parcel individually, with the aim of showing the diverse facets of the same grape grown in different terroirs. The grapes, not destalked, are pressed and fermented using wild yeasts. Afterwards, the wine ages for 7 months in previously used, 600-litre French oak barrels. It is bottled without filtering or clarifying. 

Vinification materialWood
Ageing period6 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodFrench oak

Vineyards

Clos Lojen is a red wine made in the relatively new denomination of origin, Manchuela. This small wine-producing area located within the provinces of Albacete and Cuenca offers in each successive vintage wines with ever more character and expressivity. Its vineyards are situated at about 600 metres above sea level and sited on mainly clay soil with a significant limestone element, which is partly responsible for the elegance of its wines. From among all the wines produced in Manchuela, the juicy, fruity reds are particularly appealing, and most especially those made from the Bobal variety.

This grape, indigenous to the Spanish Levant and already making an appearance in 14th Century documents, produces wines in intense shades of violet, balanced and fresh, with an abundance of fruit, floral aromas and good ageing ability. Although many might consider it a minority variety, the truth is that it's Spain's second red variety, behind only the omnipresent Tempranillo. In recent years, a small group of producers has strongly favoured this grape, redeeming it from its rather productive nature and seeking to stylise its tannins in order to reveal a more elegant side.

Vine age30 years
SoilClay / Limestone
ClimateMediterranean with Atlantic influence
Altitude600.00 meters

The winery

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce is a family-run winery which has successfully enabled the small denomination of Manchuela to start becoming known on the international scene. Their original and honest wines have developed into essential brands for finding out what this area produces, and in particular, for discovering the Bobal, a variety which is increasingly more appreciated thanks to the efforts and dedication of experienced winemakers such as Juan Antonio Ponce. Founded in 2005...

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