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    Bodegas Bhilar

    Phinca Encanto Rufete

    Spain, Sierra de Francia, Sierra de Salamanca

    Red

    Winery Overview

    Bodegas Bhilar is a boutique winery located in Elvillar, Rioja Alavesa, run by husband and wife team, David Sampedro and Melanie Hickman. Their goal is to make terroir-driven wines with soul, respect the land, work only with indigenous grapes, and to share their unique wines with good people with positive energy. In the year 1999, David started learning about the biodynamic philosophy and changed how he cared for his vineyards. First, he converted to organic farming and then began following tenants to recover the harmony between man, earth, vines, and cosmos. In 2014, tractors were eliminated and horses were brought back to farm the vineyards.

    Soil

    Soils composed of slate and granite.

    Viticulture

    Vineyards range from 400m to 900m in the mountainous region of Sierra de Francia and Sierra de Quilamas.

    Vinification

    The grapes are brought to winery and de-stemmed by hand into open top 500L French Oak Barrels. Foot crushing of the grapes releases must and starts fermentation naturally.

    Aging

    2 years in French oak barrels.

    Scores & Ratings
    90
    James Suckling
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