Vega Tolosa

11 Pinos Bobal Old Vines – 2020

Region: Spain - Castilla - La Mancha

Vega Tolosa

Vega Tolosa was founded by the Tolosa family in 1905 in the eastern part of Castilla-la Mancha and is run today by Juan Miguel Tolosa, the third generation of the family. There are a total of 150 hectares (375 acres) with 40.46 ha (100 acres) of 80-year-old head-pruned Bobal.

Manchuela lies to the northeast of the La Mancha between the Júcar and Cabriel River valleys, and above the coastal plains of Valencia and Alicante. The region represents the ancestral home of one of Spain’s most interesting and underappreciated red varieties, Bobal.

Located 750m (2460 ft) above sea level, Vega Tolosa’s vineyards enjoy a wide diurnal temperature variation and constant breeze. Calcareous clay soils retain moisture and provide minerality. Minimal to no intervention is required in the organically certified vineyards. Through low yields and careful winemaking, the purest expression of Bobal is the Tolosa family’s primary objective.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Estate vineyards between the valleys of the Júcar and Cabriel rivers, in D.O. Manchuela. Vineyards in the transition zone to the Biosphere Reserve.

  • Altitude: 2640 feet/750 meters
  • Vineyard Area: 100 acres
  • Soils: Chalky, mineral limestone, rich in organic matter
  • Vines Planted: 1950
  • Vine Training System: Head-trained
  • Old pine forest with 11 centenary trees ring the vineyard
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested October 9, 2020
  • Berry selection at cellar
  • Grapes cooled
  • Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 68ºF for 18 days
  • Wine racked to another tank for malolactic fermentation for 30 days
  • Aged in used oak barrels 3 months
Winemaker's Notes

Cherry red with violet aftertones. Scents of black fruit, cherry, red currant alongside a strong mineral component. Subtle balsamic and spicy nuances complete the aromas. On the palate it is fresh and fleshy with intensity. Polished tannins add structure, and lively acidity completes the persistent finish.

Wine Summary

100% Bobal; alcohol: 14%; estate vineyards between the Júcar and Cabriel rivers, D.O. Manchuela; transition zone to Biosphere Reserve; head-trained vines planted in 1950 at 2640 feet; chalky, mineral limestone soils; harvested mid-October; berry selection at cellar; fermented in stainless steel tanks for 18 days at 68ºF; malolactic fermentation for 30 days; aged in used oak barrels 3 months; certified Organic by Kiwa Espana S.I.U.; vegan friendly.

Technical Information
  • 100% Bobal
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Certified Organic by Kiwa Espana S.I.U./European Standard (EU-REG (CE) 834/2007)
  • Vegan Friendly

General Info

REGION Castilla – La Mancha
PROPRIETORS The Tolosa Family
WINEMAKER Juan Miguel Tolosa (3rd generation)
(CE) 834/2007).