2018 Bodegas Exopto Rioja Bozeto de Exopto

A top example of modern Rioja. Grenache dominant with Tempranillo in tow. A gorgeous red here from the famous Spnish region.

Sale price$29.00


Frenchman Tom Puyaubert came to Rioja by way of Bordeaux as a representative of a famous French oak cooper.

After getting to know the locals as customers, Tom fell in love with the traditions of the region and decided to fulfil his lifelong goal of producing his own wines and so Exopto (Latin for "To desire eagerly, long for.") was born.

He selects his fruit from special vineyards scattered around the cooler, higher altitude parts Rioja. He looks for old established vineyards on hungry soils and is now producing small batch wines of remarkable quality that deliver excellent value for money.

This is his premium offering. It's a blend of predominantly Garnacha with Tempranillo with a splash of Graciano coaxed into a silky yet spicy wine of supreme drinkability.

A cracking new release of this bargain Rioja. The majority of entry-level wines from this region today are based on Tempranillo, a variety both easier and more profitable to grow. Not so here, where Garnacha--which once represented 50% of the plantings in Rioja (today that figure is closer to 12%)--represents 60% of the blend. This then is an ode to the history of Rioja. The lion's share of the Garnacha portion (60%) hails from the sandy, river stone terroir of El Agudo--a 60-year-old plot at Alfaro on the Monte Yerga (Rioja Baja). The Tempranillo is drawn from a selection of mature vines in Ábalos (Rioja Alta), and there is also some Ábalos Graciano, adding depth and freshness. Bozeto, then, take in the best of both south and north. Tom Puyaubert ferments his Garnacha in Nomblot concrete, while the Tempranillo is naturally fermented in steel tank and then ages for six months in concrete and 5,000-litre oak vats.

91 Points - "The just-bottled red 2018 Bozeto de Exopto is a superb young and fruit-driven blend. The destemmed but uncrushed grapes fermented in stainless steel, concrete and oak containers with indigenous yeasts and matured for six months, the Garnacha in concrete, the Tempranillo in oak vats and a blend of Tempranillo and Graciano in well-seasoned barriques. 2018 was clearly a cool, Atlantic vintage (as opposed to Mediterranean vintages), and the grapes ripened slowly; some of the grapes (the Garnacha) were harvested later than ever. This juicy and fruit-driven young red is aromatic and more fluid, fresher and approachable. The palate is fresh and light, a wine to enjoy without moderation!" - Luis Gutiérrez (The Wine Advocate)

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