Bodegas Exopto Rioja Horizonte de Exopto (Ábalos) 2018 - Cloudwine

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Bodegas Exopto Rioja Horizonte de Exopto (Ábalos) 2018

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Exopto’s old vine holdings surround the town of  Abalos at an altitude of 600-plus metres in the Rioja Alta district. Of the three districts in Rioja (Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja), Rioja Alta is the coolest and has the highest rainfall. Exopto’s Tempranillo vines are between 50-100 years old, Garnacha (Grenache) is 70 years old and Graciano, 30 years old. Soils here are clay and limestone over a sandy, rocky base and ripening very late. Only French oak is used in the ageing process.

The blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and 10% Graciano is drawn entirely from Ábalos, in the lee of the Sierra Cantabria ranges. Everything is co-fermented, so it's really a field blend from various parcels. This tiny village is just a kilometre or so from Rioja Alta's border with Rioja Alavesa. 

This wine is blended from a dozen old-vine plots, and the wine's personality offers considerably more tension than the early Horizonte releases. Tom credits this not only to the wine's cooler, rocky Ábalos roots, but also to the 600-litre demi-muids now in use alongside less new oak (now only 20% and falling). The 2018, which sees no new oak and more higher-altitude fruit than previous vintages, is a spicy, vibrant, punchy style, showing oodles of red and dark cherry fruit, peppery spice and a streak of earthy minerals.

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