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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Sofia de Moya Bobal
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Sofia 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. Sofia is the eldest of the trio of bobals, with vines 72-95 years old and altitude of 850m. Ten percent cabernet sauvignon and two percent merlot finishes off this full, complexed wine, one that has been structured by fermentation and 18 months aging in new French barrels. Sultry and brooding, this youthful wine is still dense and compact at this stage, but will slowly relax and open with time. Blackcurrant, anise, wild mint, dried sage and resinous thorns are swiftly carried with a stream of acidity across sticky tannins to a lingering, salted, warming finish. Impressive; decant now with prime rib or lamb rack, or cellar for five+ years.Tasted: 10 January 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 45.00 private wine shops Producer: Bodegas Casa de MoyaDistributors: Renaissance Wine Merchants Ltd.
Blend: Bobal - Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 167625UPC: 8414606669363