Hand Work is a project by T Edward wines in NY and Bodegas Ponce in Manchuela Spain. Ponce is a fantastic winery making kick ass engaging compelling wines from the Bobal grape. They work naturally and are masters at working with nature instead of trying to master it through chemicals. So as i understand T Edward wanted to find a natural Tempranillo somewhere that would be day to day affordable and deliciously easy to drink. They were having a hard time finding anything like that, but at some point in talking to Ponce they realized the winery had spare capacity and even though they weren't making a wine like that they had the capacity to. So together they found some organically farmed Tempranillo that met their standards and Bodegas Ponce took on the project of making a thirst quenching inexpensive completely natural Tempranillo.
Hand Work is the result. It's juicy, fresh, has a lovely floral aroma, comes in 1 litre bottles, and costs under $15
Aroma: The Hand Work has that classic Tempranillo blueberry and cherry fruit. It's fresh, ripe, and inviting; vivid in how it really smells of ripe blueberries and cherries. The Hand Work also has a little it of an undercurrent of perfumey lilac to the aroma too.
Taste: Wow! It's....grapey! Yes, I have finally broken down and described a wine as grapey. I apologize. But it is. Hand Work Tempranillo has this vivid juicy blue sort of fruit that really legitimately is grapey. There's a bit of young tannin to the finish as well that makes the wine a bit more rustic and way more fun than if it was just a simple fruit bomb. The young acidity also really makes the wine more fun, energetic, and thirst quenching. Those structural characteristics help make the Hand Work interesting and fun, it's still overall a fruit driven red wine. And that's great! The balance of those tastes works out quite well and makes the wine fun and easy to drink but at the same time vivid and characterful.
The Hand Work is for sale at the Blue Hill Wine Shop, Good Tern Co-op in Rockland, Maine and Loire, Maine St Meats Rockport, and New Morning in Biddeford