Exopto Horizonte de Exopto 2015
Naturally fermented in cement vats with a short post-ferment maceration (one week), half of the wine was matured in 600 litre demi-muids and the rest in barriques (20% new) for one year. Following on from the linear 2014, the 2015 comes from a warmer Mediterranean-influenced vintage, yet the wine remains finely focused thanks to the altitude of the source vineyards, the old vines that pump their limestone rich soils and the influence of Graciano (Exopto also picks a portion of Grenache earlier, to bring some freshness to the blend). The result is a ripe, cool climate Rioja with layers of vibrant blackberry fruit shot through with fruitcakey spice and a sappy, brambley undercurrent of freshness. There are also plenty of fine, powdery tannins providing backbone. Lovely now, it will certainly benefit from time in the decanter or the cellar. Another bargain.
In a mixed or straight case: $37.99
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