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Bodegas Ponce Clos Lojen 2019


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Juan Antonio Ponce from his Manchuela stronghold offers this bottling of his beloved Bobal with a signature styling; biodynamic farming, low sulfur addition, remango fermentation, and aging in neutral french oak before bottle aging. Light and expresssive, there are notes of ripe cherry, rasberry, and boysenberry with defined herbaceous notes. Medium bodied, but with good acidity and moderate tannins, this bottling is meant for early drinking but has the balance to age for a few years.

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Spain has just about the longest winemaking tradition in the world. It actually predates the founding of Rome by millenia. And yet today it is also one of the most dynamic winemaking countries in the world, thanks largely to young winemakers who are out in droves. Some are on the experimental cutting edge. Others are strict traditionalists, preserving their heritage.

But others, like Juan Antonio Ponce, fall somewhere in the middle, taking heritage grapes that have only been used for rustic country wines, and showing that with diligent farming and careful winemaking they can make complex, nuanced wines.

Ponce has a head start on making great wine, with varied, rocky terroir, old vines and a deep drive to preserve and elevate his inheritance. He works biodynamically and with minimal interventions (natural yeasts only). This wine is a far cry from the bulk wines mostly produced in the region. And yet the prices remain incredible.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 92
"The entry-level Bobal 2019 Clos Lojen mixes grapes from two villages, Villanueva de la Jara and Iniesta. The grapes fermented with full clusters in 4,500-liter oak vats and matured in 10,000- and 15,000-liter oak vats for six months. It started with a strong nose reminiscent of carbonic maceration, but it soon turned into more licorice and serious aromas. This comes from a zone that ripens early, so the grapes were picked before the rain. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, and it's very tasty with moderate alcohol and good freshness, making it very versatile with food. It feels like a very complete vintage for this super affordable bottling, in line with the 2017; it has depth and is more serious than what the price might suggest. Great value! This is the first certified-organic vintage of this wine." -Robert Parker


  • Grape Variety

    Other Red Grape

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Spicy

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied