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||94 Pts Wine Spectator||Size:||750ML
||Graciano, Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz, Grenache / Garnacha
94 Pts Wine Spectator
"Cherry, plum and cassis fruit flavors mingle with toast, spice and licorice notes in this expressive, harmonious red. The texture is plush yet fresh, with rich, well-integrated tannins and juicy acidity, giving way to a leafy, floral finish. Drink now through 2020. 683 cases made." Reviewed 9/2013
92 Pts Wine & Spirits
"A blend of graciano (60 percent) with tempranillo (30) and garnacha (10), this opens out of its oak in a display of bright red cherry freshness. The floral, juicy flavors have a cool generosity, folded into an earthy layer cake of tannins. A day of air seems to power those tannins as the wine retreats back into its oak. Open this now to enjoy its freshness, or wait a decade for the oak to recede." Reviewed 12/2013
"Exopto is made by Tom Puyaubert in his cellar in the Rioja DOC. This wine is a clear example of what's possible when Rioja's best terroirs and grapes are combined with Rioja's finest traditional and modern winemaking methods by an extremely talented winemaker. The end result is a wine that can age for many decades. Exopto is a clean, modern interpretation of a traditional Rioja wine. Exopto, or 'to desire greatly' in Latin, is the flagship wine of this cool garage wine producer. The 60% Graciano makes this impressive cuvee a unique wine that not only shows the added complexity of flavors with ageing, it also conveys a message of purity and beauty that is associated with fine, low production "Grand Cru" Riojas. If you're lucky enough to find this jewel, please keep in mind that only 680 cases are made for the world. Buy as much as you can and keep it in your cellar for 10-15 years before you uncork it! Exopto has quality equal to - and drinks like - wines that cost over twice as much."
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE? In the manner of great Burgundies and Bordeaux, this wine blends power and finesse. Its large percentage of Graciano gives it the capability to age for 50 years. Less than 35 barrels are produced for the world! The three vineyards that make Exopto are all located within the Rioja Alta subzone.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: This is a serious, structured wine. In addition to grilled beef steak with chimichurri sauce or braised short ribs, which the wine's heft and power will play well against, this wine's pronounced spicy, leafy edge from the Graciano will make it a great match for dishes that feature a little fat like roast duck, roast suckling pig and chuletas, or grilled baby lamb chops.
TASTING NOTES: It's quite dark and shows the personality of the Graciano, intelligently balanced by a good amount of Tempranillo and just a dollop of Garnacha. Fruits of the forest, baking spices and pepper, licorice make its appearance in the nose while the medium-bodied palate shows tight tannins and lively acidity. Modern, well-made and true to its origins. It will require a bit of time in the bottle, but it should give years of pleasure.