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Bodegas Ponce RETO 2021 Albilla ~ 95RP

BODEGAS PONCE RETO 2021 RED WINE | MANCHUELA ~ 100% Albilla ~ 12.5% Alc. ~ 0.75 Ltr. ~


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Bodegas y Viñedos PONCE
Juan Antonio Ponce
DOP Manchuela

12 bottles in stock


"Juan António Ponce compared the white 2021 Reto with the 2013 and 2018, to him the best vintage of this wine so far. It was produced with the local Albilla grape, not to be confused with the Albillo from other regions, a grape that can transmit an incredible sense of freshness in a warm place like Manchuela. They now have new vineyards that they planted in the village of Villanueva de la Jara that ripen up to 15 days later and deliver vibrant wines with a more pungent saline sensation and an electric mouthfeel. This 12.5% alcohol wine has a pH of 3.15 and 6.2 grams of acidity (measured in tartaric acid per liter of wine). This is sharp and austere, mineral and electric when young, with an intense salinity and a vibrant and electric finish. Unbelievable for the price. With the experience of previous vintages, this should develop tremendously in bottle. 15,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2022. In 2021, they saved wine to produce a new top-of-the-range white to complete the red Ponce, so there will be a 2021 Ponce Blanco. Drink: 2022-2030."

95 Points | Luis Gutiérrez | Robert Parker, Wine Advocate | Issue #260 | 29 April 2022


The Ponce family has purchased 2.2 hectares of ungrafted Moravia Agria grapes that will produce a new wine in 2021. They have 55 hectares in the villages of Iniesta, Villanueva de la Jara, Villamalea, Mahora and Villagarcía de Llano in Manchuela from which they produce 150,000 to 220,000 bottles depending on the vintage. They are one of the leading producers in central Spain. I tasted wines from 2019, 2020 and 2021, three very good to excellent but different vintages; 2019 was quite typical until the cold spell delivered 30 liters of rain that helped to obtain cooler wines than they expected and didn't cause the problems it did in zones where the rain was torrential (Valencia, Alicante). They defined 2020 as the perfect vintage in terms of climate—balanced and clean—that delivered one of the finest wines they have produced to date. 2021 was a rainy year (with snow too) and allowed them to produce intense wines with contained alcohol. 2021 was a great vintage for the white wine.

Luis Gutiérrez | Wine Advocate | April 2022

  • Drink: 2022 - 2030
  • Production: 15.000 bottles
  • Treatment: 7 months in 600 liter oak barrels
  • Remarks: Unbelievable for the price. With the experience of previous vintages, this should develop tremendously in bottle (Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate)