2018 Botijo Rojo, Bodegas Frontonio, Vino de la Tierra, Spain
Bodegas Frontonio Botijo Rojo is pure dry-farmed and hand-harvested Garnacha. The wine is aged in underground cement for 10 months. This is a great easy drinking red that has lots of Strawberries and cherries with floral notes. In the mouth it is Refreshing, lively and elegant.
Botijo, is a simple clay vessel that cools water naturally and is used by grape growers to quench their thirst.
Suitable for Vegans. 13.5% ABV.
Frontonio is the passion project of three friends; Fernando Mora MW, oenologist Mario López and international business lawyer Francisco Latasa from Zaragoza. The winery is named after Saint Frontonio, the Patron Saint of the village. According to legend, Frontonio was beheaded by the Romans, his head found upstream after it had been thrown into the Ebro. Going against the current is at the heart of this project, hence the name Frontonio.
Lacking a DO status, Valdejalón is arguably the least well-known wine region in Aragón. Located at the centre of a triangle formed by Campo de Borja, Cariñena and Calatayud appellations, it comprises the area around the river Jalón. The wines are sold under the `vino de la tierra` designation, the equivalent to the new European PGI.
Frontonio has emerged as one of the most refreshing wine ventures in Aragón, both in terms of recovering old vines and driving Garnacha`s renaissance in the area. The vineyards are found at over 400 meters high near Épila, on the left bank of the river Jalón, where clay-limestone soils prevail.