Fatum Tempranillo Bobal

"Fresh, easy-to-drink style, excellent balance" —
Manuel Manzaneque, winemaker
La Mancha D.O.
90% Tempranillo, 10% Bobal
750 meters / large stones over clay, lime-rich clay
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Hand harvested fruit from 35 year old vines
Cold maceration with skins for 3-4 days, fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks
Aged for a few months in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling, no oak.
Wine Name
Fatum Tempranillo Bobal 2015
89+ (VfC) 89 (VM) 87 (RP)
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89+ View from the Cellar The 2015 Fatum offers up a lovely and quite complex bouquet of black cherries, a touch of chicory, roasted game, lovely, sandy soil tones, smoky overtones and just a touch of tree bark in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and nicely plump at the core, with modest tannins, tangy acids and excellent length and grip on the well-balanced finish. Bobal often finishes with just a touch of backend bitterness that recalls top-end Montepulciano, and there is just a whisper of this on the finish here. This is another absolutely stellar value! 2017-2027.
89 Vinous Media (all stainless steel) Vivid red. Aromas and flavors of fresh red berries and candied flowers slowly develop a peppery nuance. Smooth and weightless in style, picking up an exotic and refreshingly bitter orange zest note on the back half. Closes silky and taut, showing good cling, no obvious tannins and a lingering suggestion of candied strawberry.
2017 - 2021
87 The Wine Advocate This entry-level red is already on the 2016 vintage, but I tasted the 2015 Fatum Tinto. It's a juicy and fruit-driven blend of Tempranillo and Bobal grapes from La Mancha that reflect their place and varietal typicity. It's clean and approachable after some time with lees in tank, but the wine was bottled without having touched oak.
Issue 234, December 2017
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