This wine is produced from 70 to 80 year Bobal vines, located in the south east of Spain near Valencia. It is unoaked, which I think gives the wine a nice lift of fresh dark fruit aromatics and flavors. It also has a weight somewhat similar to Pinot Noir, so it is versatile with a variety of dishes. Almost as interesting as the wine itself, is how it came to be. It was produced as a result of a collaboration between Bruno Murciano, an award winning sommelier, and the oenologist, David Sampedro, based in Rioja Alavesa. Bruno grew up in Valencia and was accustomed to Bobal from an early age. This wine reflects his belief that Bobal has long been overlooked, hence the name, La Malkerida, which translates to “unloved.” I suggest you give it a try, and I think you definitely won’t find it too hard to love. Speaking of love, this will work nicely for that upcoming Valentine’s Day dinner, too!
Gary M., Beltramo's Wine Consultant
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