Tentenublo Rioja 2016
Roberto Oliván - owner, winemaker, janitor, sales director, and warehouse manager, he does it all. A bit of a revolutionary for the area because his wines aren't made in the traditional ways Rioja is known for these days.
Tentenublo from Rioja, named after the ringing of the church bells to chase away the clouds when it looked like it was likely to hail. This is a blend of 70% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha (Grenache) & 10% Viura (white grape). Vines from 20 to 100 years old. Minimal intervention wine, hand picked, fermented in stainless steel and aged in old French oak barrels for 9 months. The grapes sing in this wine and aren't weighed down by big American oak like many Rioja wines.
Modern Rioja with notes of raspberries, strawberries, red plums, light cedar notes, earthy, dried herbs, spicy, cinnamon, coffee notes, fine tannins, and acidity.