Wines / Spain / Utiel-Requena / Sierra Norte
Bodegas Sierra Norte was founded in about 1914, with initial plantings of the locally important variety Bobal. Some 40 years later the family added 5 hectares of Tempranillo, and since then have expanded the vineyards to include Maccabeo, Cabernet, Merlot and a bit of Chardonnay.
Vineyards are managed organically with no use of chemicals.
Bobal is native to the Utiel-Requena region, and derives its name from the Latin bovale, in reference to the shape of a bull’s head. It is grown predominantly in the Utiel-Requena DO where it represents about 90% of all vines grown, and is is the third most planted variety in Spain with 90,000 ha planted. Sierra Norte specializes in this important but overlooked variety and their wines are delicious and ripe.
Sierra norte wines
VARIETAL: 65% Tempranillo, 35% Bobal, vines from 35-50 years old planted at about 3,000 ft elevation
Partial carbonic maceration for freshness, then aged 3 months in oak before bottling.