The kingdom of Bobal


An intensive (and blind) look at Spain's third most planted grape. 

Today I shine a spotlight on a Spanish grape variety that has for long been dismissed, but now makes me feel proud of what many producers achieve with it. The tasting described below is unrivalled because, for the first time, almost 60 different Bobal were gathered on the same table to be compared blind. 

I had been discussing such a tasting for some time with Bruno Murciano, a top sommelier, awarded Best Sommelier in Spain in 2008. He started his career at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, where...