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Stupendous top of the range Rioja from old vines, shoulder to shoulder with the very best fine wines.
Grape Varieties: Graciano Tempranillo
Style: Rich, complex
Drink By: 2030
A dark violet colour. Well-ripened black fruits are complemented by touches of vanilla, roast coffee, spices and pepper. Cherry and cassis are clearly defined on the palate, with spicy tones. A notably long, firm finish, this is a very modern and appealing wine, and one of the best examples of the Graciano grape around.
Vines range between 50 and 90 years of age. The blend consists of 60% Graciano, 30% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha. Fermentation takes place in oak vessels before 18 months ageing on lees in French oak barrels. Only 2,500 bottles produced.
Bodegas Exopto was founded in 2003 in La Rioja by Bordeaux native Tom Puyaubert. Tom arrived in Spain at the beginning of 2000 to settle in La Rioja and increase sales for a famous French cooperage. In daily contact with the best winemakers in Spain, he became enthralled with La Rioja, its vineyards, culture and whole way of life. Now he expresses the region's character through a range of distinctive, original white and red wines.
The main idea behind the project is to produce different wines within the historical context of La Rioja: wines with more colour and freshness, better fruit expression and a finer contribution from the oak. All the red wines produced at Bodegas Exopto are blends of the three principal Rioja grape varieties. Depending on the type of wine, Garnacha will be used for its fruit, Graciano for its freshness and Tempranillo for its structure.
Bodegas Exopto, located in Laguardia, demonstrates to perfection a complex balance between modern and traditional winemaking: the various parcels of vineyards are aged between 30 and 90 years and the winery’s tanks are made of oak and concrete, traditional and very fine quality materials that allow the wine to express itself and develop a great complexity of aromas and flavours.
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