2019 Bodegas Exopto Rioja Bozeto de Exopto

A lovely example of modern Rioja. Tempranillo dominant with Grenache and Graciano in tow.

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Tom Puyaubert's Riojan wines are finer expressions, with no American oak, and fruit sourced from higher altitude vineyards, many organic (no mean feat in Rioja).

The Bozeto is his bargain red offering, a gorgeous blend here that features Tempranillo, Grenache and a a splash of Graciano coaxed into a silky yet spicy wine of supreme drinkability.

A hands-off approach gives the wine a natural feel. Fermentation is in both concrete and tank, then ageing in concrete and large old oak. Some semi-carbonic maceration adds to aromatic lift and a bouncy tang.

Deep red with a bright rim. Spicy cherry and black raspberry on the nose, with brisk mineral and floral overtones. Juicy and focused, offering sweet raspberry and blackberry flavors and snappy acidity. Impresses with precision rather than power, and finishes with juicy berry flavors and good persistence.


El Bozeto, as its name (sketch, outline) suggests, is our first wine project in which we present the important aspects of our range: a young wine, fresh, recently produced, with an explosion of fruity aromas which enable the consumer to appreciate the fusion of La Rioja’s 3 predominant strains. A delightful wine, easily understood, that will give a good introduction to our range of products.

92 Points - "A creamy, full-bodied red with plum and berry character. Nice purity of fruit to this. It's full-bodied and layered with polish and beauty. Lovely tannins here. Drink or hold." - James Suckling (JamesSuckling.com)

91 Points - "The red 2019 Bozeto de Exopto is a blend of 50% Tempranillo from Ábalos with the Mediterranean touch of 40% Garnacha and 10% Graciano from Alfaro to add freshness. He wants the wine to express the Garnacha character, and it does but in a subtler way than if it was a varietal bottling. But all the grapes seem nicely integrated and complement each other. The wine fermented in a combination of stainless steel, concrete vats and used barriques, where it matured for six months. 2019 is a warmer, Mediterranean vintage, and the wine is soft and approachable, juicy and fruit driven." - Luis Gutierrez (The Wine Advocate)

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