Bodegas Exopto Rioja Bozeto de Exopto 2019
Fine juicy medium weight Rioja!
Bodegas Exopto is one of the new wave of modern winegrowers and quality wine makers in Rioja – Outstanding, well tended, cool vineyards on rocky soils, very old vines and low yields (the total opposite to the trend of mass produced, American oaked wine of the region).
Passionate artisan winemaker, Tom Puyaubert (in fact a Frenchman who married an Espanola!) is fanatical in his focus on their vineyard: 50-100 year old Tempranillo and 70 year old Garnacha vineyard located in Rioja Alavesa (600 metres altitude and the coolest in Rioja). He uses French oak and is producing small quantities of top quality vino (3000 cases – miniscule production for Rioja). Robert Parker’s right hand man, Jay Millar from Wine Advocate is a fan: “Exopto Cellars three new releases are all outstanding”. No doubt about it Exopto is a Riojan star in the making!
Bozeto means ‘sketch’ or ‘outline’ and as the name implies, this is Tom Puyaubert’s entry-level wine. It’s been designed as a delicious, easy-drinking introduction to the range, and takes in a pan-regional expression of Rioja’s three principle grape varieties.
While the majority of entry-level wines from this region today are based on Tempranillo–a variety both easier and more profitable to grow–here Garnacha represents 50% of the blend. This Garnacha hails from the sandy, river stone terroir of El Agudo–a 60-year-old plot at Alfaro on Monte Yerga (in Rioja Oriental). The Tempranillo is drawn from a selection of mature vines in Ábalos (high county Rioja Alta), and there is also some Ábalos Graciano, adding freshness and finesse.
Puyabert fermented this wine in a combination of concrete and steel tank, then aged it for six months in concrete and 5,000-litre oak vats. These days, Tom is including a measure of semi-carbonic maceration, which alongside the depth of the vintage makes for one of Bozeto’s most engaging releases yet.
91 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate “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. 75,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2019, earlier than in cooler years.”
92 points, James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com “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.”
RRP: $33 Our Price $28.99
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Grenache and Blends, Tempranillo
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