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Ponce PF Pie Franco 2016

Appellation: D.O. Manchuela
Grape: Bobal
Alcohol: 13.5%
Winery: Bodegas Ponce
Volume: 75cl.

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PF Pie Franco, Pre Filoxérico, Ponce Family

The wine Ponce PF Pie Franco in red Bobal to take meat, cheese and stews. Serve at 16°C.

Ponce PF ie Franco is a red wine 100% Bobal, native from old vineyards planted without rootstocks or free standing in a small vineyard half hectares, located in the OJ Manchuela. Harvesting is done by hand in small boxes, without despalillar are squeezed and macerated. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts, and may be extended even a month, until the yeast converts sugars naturally and slowly. Then the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation on the lees in barrels, and then aged for 10 months in French oak barrels. It is not filtered or clarified before bottling. Grade: 14% vol. 

Rated with 92 points Parker. The Wine Advocate says: "Ungrafted vines are called Pie Franco (de pied franc in French). This is where the 2013 P.F. gets its name. This 2013 vintage of P.F. is produced with the grapes from three old, ungrafted Bobal vineyards (where there is always a field blend with small amounts of other grapes). It is whole-cluster fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in third- and fourth-use 600-liter oak barrels for 11 months. There is an extra creaminess compared to the 2013 La Casilla that has red and black fruit plus mineral hints. The palate is medium-bodied, with abundant tannins and mineral tones of sand and rock. This is an austere, slightly intellectual wine that with time in bottle should polish and melt those tannins. If you want to open it now you should go for some powerful food like meat stews or game. This is different from the other wines, but like the others from this producer it's a sure value. 12,000 bottles produced."