The Bodegas Forlong Petit Forlong Tinto 2019 is made by Alejandro Navaerez and Rocio Aspera in the town of El Puerto in the province of Cadiz, Andalusia. Rocio’s father bought a piece of land in 2007 and his daughter and her husband were dead set on making wine there. They both graduated with degrees in winemaking and release their first wines in 2012. Organic and biodynamic methods are used in the vineyard and clay amphora fill their newly constructed (beautiful) winery. We were blown away by this Tinto and equally as impressed by their Blanco which is made from Palomino. We’re excited to see what else the coming decades have in store for Forlong.
Tasting note: The Forlong Tinto 2019 is a blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Syrah, and 10% Tintilla de Rota. Earthy and ripe red fruit are the first things noticed when ones nose is stuck in. Concentrated flavors of strawberries, plums, and raspberries, black pepper, licorice and campfire. The more time the wine spent out in the open the more savory it seemed to become. Lastly the finish is long and it paired wonderfully with some roasted mushroom pasta. The next day the wine was a bit more open; didn’t even notice that is was a little closed before. All said, another tremendous value from Spain.