L’Alegria Bobal ‘Cepas Viejas Arcilla’, 100% Bobal Bruno Murciano, Utiel-Requena, Valencia 2016
Bruno Murciano, Utiel-Requena, Valencia
“Bruno Murciano is a Spanish sommelier who works in London. Contrary to all odds, instead of investing in a flat in London, he decided to buy a Bobal vineyard in his homeland in Valencia […] they have produced a top-of-the-range red, El Sueño de Bruno a Bobal from chalky soils […] and there will be some more wines coming soon, like a fresh and pale Malkerida rosé and perhaps a new single-plot Bobal red from sandy soils.” Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate February 2015 Bruno Murciano, one of the UK’s most well regarded Spanish Sommeliers, with more than 16 years of international experience, is pursuing a lifelong dream to produce a range of wines made from Bobal in his native homeland of Utiel-Requena. Working alongside his brother Jose Luís who looks after the viticulture and winemaking with the initial help of David Sampedro, one of Rioja Alavesa’s 5 th generation of vine growers from an extremely talented winemaking family, they have combined their joint experience and passion to produce an amazing range of Artisan Family wines from high altitude 7 hectares of organically grown vineyards above 900m. Bruno and Jose Luís use artisanal methods and biodynamic techniques, with very little intervention in the cellar, whilst following the lunar biodynamic calendar to achieve the very best results.
L’Alegria ‘Cepas Viejas Arcilla’ - exclusively produced from deep red clay terroir of Las Brunas vineyard (90 yr old vines at 900m). Hand harvest in 10kg crates. Once at the winery, whole bunch fruit undergoes 48hr cold soak maceration, then partially destemmed before being gravity fed into a vertical open 10,000L concrete tank. Fermentation takes place with indigenous yeast. During the maceration, pigeage is carried out 2 or 3 times per day. After 3 months in concrete the wine is Matured for 9 months in 3rd year French oak barrels. 12,000 bottles made in this 1st vintage of L’Alegria.
Grapes: 100% Bobal