|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
|89||View from the Cellar||This particular bottling of the 2015 Fatum from Manuel Manzaneque Suárez again is a slightly different blend from the first 2015 version I reported on a year ago, as this time the cépages is ninety percent Tempranillo and only ten percent Bobal (the blend is listed on the back label). This version of 2015 is the same octane level as last year, coming in at 13.5 percent alcohol. The new version of 2015 Fatum offers up a fine and more red fruity aromatic constellation of cherries, a bit of blood orange, venison, bonfire, discreet savory elements (wild fennel?) and a good base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and very nicely balanced, with a good core, impressive soil signature, moderate tannins and lovely focus and grip on the long and complex finish. Bobal and Tempranillo really work nicely together in this blend! This is again a terrific value! 2018-2025+.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|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