Bodegas Bohedal labels showcase patterns from fabrics used on the family quilt. The bottle itself is very distinct, a traditional Bordelaise bottle, which is identified by straight sides and obvious 'shoulders'. The Gran Bohedal shoulders are particularly pronounced. Is there a reason for the blunt shoulders? Some people think it was purely aesthetic, while others say it's purpose was to 'catch' the sediment from aged Bordeaux so that it wouldn't end up in the glass. Bohedal is currently operated by the fourth generation, located in picturesque Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón, on the far western side of Rioja. The labeling of "Crianza" in Rioja stipulates that the wine is aged in oak for minimum one year and then in bottle one year before being released. The Crianza wines are typically aged in used oak, from barrels previously used in the Reserva and Grand Reserva tiers. Used barrels will add more texture and body, rather than imparting bold flavours. Enjoy within the next two years at 17C.
Richly hued burgundy, almost opaque core.
Perfumed and exotic, initial sniffs are of plum, violet, brown sugar and chocolate. It reminds us of gourmet chocolates decorated with spices and pink Himalayan salt.
This wine does not need decanting, but we found that the flavours on the palate needed a bit more time than the nose. So, if you have patience, decant or allow it to 'open' 30 minutes. You will be rewarded with briar fruit and black plum, savoury peppercorn and cigar chest. The tannins are very drying and sandy, with bright acidity and a fresher berry finish.
All this talk of chocolate, we are thinking molé sauce! This wine offers enough tannic structure and acidity and would be just as good of a match as Nebbiolo, Zin or Cabernet.
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