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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Maria de Moya Bobal
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16¾/20

Maria de Moya Bobal 2015

Valencia and Murcia, SpainBodega De Moya was the long-awaited dream of Belgian businessman Yves Laurijssens, who left his factories behind and followed his wine passion to the mountains tucked behind Valencia. The poor, sandy soiled vineyards range from 800-950m, and he works with vines (predominantly bobal) up to 95 years old. Maria, the middle of the trio of bobal wines, is from 43-year-old vines from 850m altitude and with a year in French oak. A splash of five percent cabernet sauvignon and four percent merlot flushes out the moderate palate, one spiked with a rise of acidity. Fermented in both stainless and wood for one month, the free run juice was transferred to French oak (35 percent new) for one year. Wild blackberry, black cherry and inky plum with a perfumed dried floral, blue fruited fragrance and lick of wild sage/rosemary/mint on the fresh, lightly salty finish. This is a dense wine to be sure (those bobal tannins) but with an impressive rise of freshness. I like this charming medium bodied red with beef shank, lamb chops, or meaty grilled mushrooms. Drinking well now, but will age well short term.Tasted: 10 January 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 29.00 private wine shops Producer: Bodegas Casa de MoyaDistributors: Renaissance Wine Merchants Ltd.
Blend: Bobal - Cabernet Sauvignon - MerlotCSPC: 167622UPC: 8414606669356