Bodegas Nodus' En La Parra Tinto is made from Bobal, the star red grape of the winery's home region of Utiel-Requena, in Valencia, Spain. Native to this part of the Iberian peninsula, Bobal has a long and distinguished history, despite being relatively unknown outside of Spain. If you've never had a chance to try this grape, you're in for a treat! Unlike many other reds grown in such a warm region, Bobal retains high levels of natural acidity that keep the wines fresh and energetic.
The estate was founded by Adolfo de las Heras Marín in the mid 1980s, and he was an early and enthusiastic participant in the quality-focused revolution that was beginning in the region. While he initially championed native regional grapes like Bobal and Moscatel, Adolfo gradually expanded experimental plantings of international varieties like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The estate's ownership has since passed to Adolfo's son, but it remains a family-owned affair helmed by talented winemaker Ángela Pardo.
En La Parra translates roughly to 'in the vines,' and it's a fitting name, since the Bodegas Nodus' focus has always been on the health of their vineyards. This organically-farmed Bobal is should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years at about 18 C.
There's red fruit galore on the intense nose of this wine, led by cherry, plum, and strawberry. There's a distinct spiciness as well, with hints of fresh-ground black pepper and toasted cloves, along with a sweetness reminiscent of milk chocolate.
Bobal's characteristic bright acidity is on full display in this wine, with plenty of youthful red fruit flavours of ripe red plum, raspberry, currants and cherries. It's surprisingly structured as well, with grainy tannins and a firm texture that suggests some room for ageing. The finish is dry, with lingering fruit flavours along with some complex earthiness.
This grippy, rustic red calls for simple, bold flavours like red beans and rice, or a hearty, savoury Québécois classic like tourtière.