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J. Antonio Ponce Pie Franco 2020

J. Antonio Ponce Pie Franco

2020

The Ponce PF Pie Franco is a wine that has provided its producer, Juan Antonio Ponce, a winemaker...

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/ 0.75 L btl

Wine J. Antonio Ponce Pie Franco 2020

Spec sheet
Producer
Grapes
Origin
TypeRed Wine Crianza
Alcohol content i13.5%
Bottle size and vintage0.75 L - 2020

Review

The Ponce PF Pie Franco is a wine that has provided its producer, Juan Antonio Ponce, a winemaker admired for his extremely strong links to Manchuela, with the greatest satisfaction of all his wines. Ponce is often called "the Bobal magician" thanks to his achievements with, and his love for, this variety. He learned his winemaking arts with Cía. de Vinos Telmo Rodríguez, acquiring knowledge and working experience with different appellations and their diverse soils and climates. At the age of just 24 he then decided to start his own project in his home town of Iniesta (La Manchuela-Cuenca), aiming to bring with him the proud traditions and ideas of the 'cosecheros' (winegrowers) production model he'd seen in Rioja Alavesa.

The Bodegas y Viñedo Ponce winery boasts seventeen hectares of family-owned vineyards, though they work with around forty hectares all together. The vines grow in clay soil with a limestone base formed by the sediments of the rivers Júcar and Cabriel. The climate here in the Manchuela appellation is continental with a Mediterranean influence as the region is near the eastern coast of Spain. This, alongside biodynamic growing methods, and limited production, guarantees the personality and spectacular quality of their wines.

Ponce manages each of his wines individually, paying attention to the vintage and the plot it comes from, both during the harvest and the subsequent ageing process. Freshness is a key factor for him with the Bobal grape, collecting the fruit days before neighbours do so as to avoid over-ripe jammy sensations in the wines.

The Ponce PF Pie Franco is a single-variety Bobal wine of which only 12,000 bottles are made. The vines were planted by Ponce's grandfather eighty years ago in deep sandy soils — free from phylloxera. It is fermented, with whole bunches and local yeasts, in oak vats and then matures for eleven months in 600-litre oak barrels which have previously been used three or four times. It has a bright Picota cherry colour, and a perfumed nose with black fruit, scrub, and balsamic hints. A structured but balanced wine, with plentiful sweet tannins and mineral notes of sand and rock.

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 15ºC and 17ºC

Customer reviews

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by: Nabokov (15/05/2018) - Vintage 2013

Chunky

A bit disappointing. Chunky and four-square without much complexity in either nose or palate. I expected more coming from Ponce.

by: Expatriator (6 Jul) - Vintage 2019

Exquisita Bobal

De ataque muy elegante, con una alta acidez y con los taninos a medio pulir, muy señorial. Paso por boca un tanto seco y frutoso, aunque enriquecido con los delicados apuntes balsámicos. En retronasal los aromas acompotados son los protagonistas y en el post-gusto se muestra fantástico, con esa mineralidad palpable y con notas de montebajo (tomillo) muy frescas. También asoman recuerdos de laurel y nuez moscada que acompaña un sutil atisbo amaderado a puro roble de fondo dejando un tacto carnosito en el paladar. Se encuentra en un estado muy disfrutable.

by: Jul (19/12/2018) - Vintage 2017

Simple et efficace

Assez monolithique mais diablement bon et hautement digeste. La matière est assez fine, le vin s'étire longuement. Sur les fruits noirs.

by: Manolo (16/11/2019) - Vintage 2018

Buen vino pero esperaba otra cosa de esta uva

Buen vino, fresco y afrutado, pero esperaba más cuerdo de esta uva. Buen precio pare un 94 puntos Parker pero no comparable a otros 94

by: Rafael (21/01/2018) - Vintage 2016

Bobal en toda su intensidad

Es un placer probar este vino, que convence a todos. Además de poder acceder por ese precio a todo un parker 94.

Wine from Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce is a family-run winery which has successfully enabled the small denomination of Manchuela to start becoming known on the international scene. Their original and honest wines have developed into essential brands for finding out what this area produces, and in particular, for discovering the Bobal, a variety which is increasingly more appreciated thanks to the efforts and dedication of experienced winemakers such as Juan Antonio Ponce. Founded in 2005...

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