Bodegas Exopto Horizonte De Exopto 2016
The tiny village of Ábalos lies just a kilometre or so from the Rioja Alta's border with Rioja Alavasa. Forming a small pocket between the River Ebro and the Basque mountains to the north, the rocky terroir of this area has more in common with nearby Alavesa - the soils are rich in limestone, the climate is cooler and the altitude even higher than most of the Alta area. Ábalos has always been Puyaubert's most significant source, a position cemented by the addition of his new parcels in La Mimbreram, Carrapeciña and El Hoyo. Blended from a dozen old vine plots, all in Ábalos, this is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and 10% Graciano. This is Exopto's first 'village' Rioja (the Garnacha and Graciano components were previously sourced from the Rioja Baja), a fact that Puyaubert would like to celebrate by labelling the wine "Ábalos". Sadly, as we have mentioned above, he is restricted from doing just this by the regional authorities of Rioja - the D.O.Ca is still dominated by the large companies that are against the idea of single site and single commune wines, for obvious reasons.
In any six $39.55
Each $42.99
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Cellaring:
Enjoy now 3-5 years
Oak:
12 months in French oak barrels.
Varietal Composition:
Tempranillo (80%), Graciano (10%) and Garnacha (10%)