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Finca Sandoval Salia 2021

Grapes: Syrah, Bobal

Region: Manchuela, Spain 

Farming: Organic    

Finca Sandoval was founded in 1998 by writer, wine critic, and editor of El Mundo, Víctor de la Serna, and winemaker Rafael Orozco. They saw the potential of the high altitude and limestone-rich soils around Cuenca in Manchuela. This estate put La Mancha on the map for its flashy and showy wines in the early 2000s, but with successive vintages, Víctor began to realize that his vision for a Grand Estate in an unheralded corner of Spain wouldn’t be built on the quality of Syrah or Touriga Nacional but on the relatively obscure and indigenous Bobal, Moravia Agria, Mediterranean varieties such as Garnacha and Monastrell, and indigenous white varieties including Tortosí, Verdal, Albillo de Albacete, Pardillo, Blanco Castellano and Trepadell. A keen follower of the emerging generation of young winemakers garnering praise worldwide, Víctor reached out to Javi. After discovering their mutual admiration, Javi was brought on to spearhead the changes at Finca Sandoval. Javier Revert has hit the ground running as the new winemaker at Finca Sandoval. Salia is made from old-vine Bobal and estate-grown Syrah grapes, which are co-fermented to create a precise and mineral wine.

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