The latest issue of Wine Advocate was released the end of April, and the top two scoring reds for under $20 both belonged to Juan Antonio Ponce. If the name sounds familiar, we're huge fans of his wines made with old vines Bobal, the second most planted grape in Spain behind Tempranillo and somewhat shockingly more popular than Garnacha. It's currently having a renaissance with winemakers like Ponce resurrecting old Bobal vineyards, making wines that are both distinctive and delicious. The Clos Lojen is a field blend of approximately 95% Bobal, from the northern part of Manchuela, sourced from ungrafted 100+ year old vines. Deep red color, intense fruit notes with a backbone of spice and rusticity with full, ripe tannins. It's lighter-bodied, and lower alcohol (12.0%) perfect for the warm nights ahead. As Luis Gutiérrez writes, this is pure, easy to drink and a incredible value for $12.99!
"The 2021 Clos Lojen is the most complete vintage ever for this wine, with unusual freshness (despite "normal" parameters like a pH of 3.7 and five grams of acidity) and 12% alcohol. It's intense and has varietal Bobal typicity with good weight. Incredible value." The Wine Advocate, 93 Points