2018 Rioja Tentenublo Wines Xerico
Bodega Tentenublo belongs to the absolute new style of Rioja makers where the focus is only on producing quality wines. New style Rioja also means that the fruit should have the upper hand. You can see this trend in the top houses from the Rioja such as Remirez de Ganuza and Pujanza. Tentenublo Wines has only been around for a few years and owns a unique number of very small vineyards that only range between 20 and 80 years old. Some lots are so small that only a few hundred bottles are produced. The fact that we are talking about top quality here is also confirmed by Robert Parker who recently assessed the wines of Tentenublo Wines and without exception all wines received 90 points or more.
The Xerico is a new wine that has only been on the market since 2015 (2014 vintage is the first vintage). The Xerico is a blend of Tempranillo and Viura and the vineyards are located in the Rioja Alavase at altitude on a limestone marl plateau. The vineyards are between 15-50 years old and the vineyard is worked with minimal human intervention. The grapes are picked manually in boxes of 15 kg. Natural fermentation (without added yeasts) takes place in open stainless steel vats. The malolactic fermentation and maturation takes place for 6 months in French oak. In addition to the great quality, Tetenublo Wines is unique in its collection with great labels.
The Xerico has a beautiful ruby red color with abundant tears. In the nose the wine has a nice freshness with notes of chocolate with black and red fruit, plums, ripe blueberries, cherries and leather. On the palate, powerful, full-bodied, fruity, red berries, structured, powerful and concentrated with good acidity, balanced and with velvety tannins. The great thing about the wines of Tentenublo is the nice balance between power and freshness with a nice minerality. The Xerico is a wine with a great price/quality ratio.
Hubrecht Duijker : Roberto Olivár is sometimes described as 'one of the great promises'. Simply because he makes history with his wines made in Rioja.
In some cases, the wines are given a kind of WAX seal instead of a regular capsule. This has no further purpose and has the disadvantage that it hardens fairly quickly and pieces can easily crumble (spontaneously, during transport, etc.). This has no influence on the quality of the wine. We cannot give any further guarantee for this.
One of our latest discoveries in the Rioja is a family business called "TENTENUBLO" (this refers to the ringing of the bells used in the villages of La Rioja to repel hail during the growing season). Oliván Roberto has been appointed on behalf of this winery. Although Oliván is relatively young, it already has a very renowned status as a top oenologist. Olivan does not follow the normal structure but makes modern Rioja's and also from vineyards that are unique. All Tentenublo vineyards are high by Rioja standards (at +600 meters) and have a loamy / marl soil. The sticks have to work hard and a lot is left to nature. The yields are extremely low and the wines surprise every Rioja connoisseur. Although this is a young winery, we predict that this house will belong to the absolute Spanish and International top in the coming years.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Winery||Bodegas Tentenublo Wines|
|Drinking as of||2020|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard|