2018 Bodegas Exopto Rioja Horizonte de Exopto (Abalos)

Bodegas Exopto |Rioja |Tempranillo Blend
Old vine Tempranillo blend produced in a 'drink-me-now' style. Organic Rioja at its most joyous.

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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 earlier-drinking red offering. It's a blend of predominantly Tempranillo with a splash of Garnacha and Graciano coaxed into a silky yet spicy wine of supreme drinkability.

Horizonte Tinto is the first wine that we made in 2003... Its base is Tempranillo, La Rioja's principal grape variety, but made in a different style, highlighting our clear intention to create wines which are more modern, intense, highly-coloured and with just the right amount of oak - to be perfectly frank, we have to admit that at the beginning there was only going to be one red wine: Exopto... but after our first vintage, we thought we could do it better or at least differently - hence the name 'horizonte' (horizon)... suggesting that EXOPTO might appear - but that's another story...

Fermentation in oak vats and concrete tanks at a low temperature (22-26ºC) Maceration for 21 days.

12 months in French oak barrels.

93 Points - "The Sonsierra red 2018 Horizonte de Exopto combines grapes from Ábalos and San Vicente de la Sonsierra and is a traditional blend of Tempranillo with 10% each Garnacha and Graciano. It fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured 50/50 in 600-liter demi-muids and 225-liter barriques for one year. There is a lot of depth and nuance here: there is fruit, ripe without excess, spice, aromatic herbs and a touch of licorice and earth. The palate is medium-bodied and reveals great balance, powerful but elegant, quite classical and with all that it needs to develop nicely in bottle in this cooler year."- Luis Guiterrez (The Wine Advocate)

93 Points - "Aromas of blackberries, blueberries, violets and lavender follow through to a medium to full body, with firm, linear tannins and a clean, bright finish. A little tight now, but nicely crafted. Drink or hold."- James Suckling

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