Rustic Beauty – Rafael Cambra Casabosca 2017, Valencia

What’s your main criterion when browsing through a wine webshop? Mine is variety for sure. I was looking for Mourvedre/Monastrell wines when bumped into this Valencia red. It’s a blend actually (the other players are Arco, Forcayat del arco and Bonicaire), but turned out to be a good choice.

Edgy, a bit funky, could not be called elegant or polished, but it has tons of personality and real depth. Earthy, dirty, old school, somewhat Carignan-like in it’s wildness. Dried black fruits, suggestion of a baking hot climate. Full-bodied but not fat, surprisingly high acidity keeps it tight. Powerful tannins, serious structure, and outstanding flavor concentration. Normally I prefer wines to be cleaner and more precise but the complexity and distinctiveness just kept me coming back to the glass.

Rating: great wine, 90 points.
Price: 13,95 €.
Stockist: Hispavinus.
Value: great, too.
Tasted: March, 2020.
Source: I bought the bottle.
Drinking window: now-2023.