In The Glass – Barranco Oscuro BO2 2010
Just two streets over from that ludicrous white elephant in Sevilla, the Metropol Parasol sits La Pepona at C/ Javier Lasso de la Vega, 1. A worthy restaurant in its own right with lovely Andalusian dishes, it sports an extremely healthy selection of wines from Southern Spain, especially when it comes to the sherries. Those happened to be for closing the meal as it was the Barranco Oscuro on the menu that was first needing to be tried.
This biodynamic “natural” wine from the Alpujarras Hills near Granada has been all the rage in wine circles these days. The Tempranillo vines are high altitude and by high, it should be said, the highest. Sitting at 1,368m, they are actually the highest vines not just in Spain, but all of Europe. Just remember that the next time you think Spain is just a plane wherein it hardly rains–which is also not true as shown by the 2014 harvest.
Oddly (or maybe not) past vintages of this wine haven’t been scored terribly well by Peñin. This could either be due to the winery not paying Peñin’s infamous “advertising” fees or simply that Peñin doesn’t “get” the wine as it is absolutely not like how you might think a Tempranillo should be. It is quite simply, wonderful despite the BO name that most any English speaking might squint at while thinking “body odor squared?” or “body with twice the odor?”
Barranco Oscuro BO2 2010
Immediately intense in the nose with brambly anise and red fruits. Wonderful depth of balanced minerality that carries in to a robust, deep body with a persistent, lingering finish, demanding you to drink the whole bottle in one sitting.
100% Tempranillo 14.5% 15€