Rioja Tinto


The mountains of Sierra de Toloño, with their clay and limestone rocky-soils, are perfect conditions to grow Tempranillo. This is Sandra Bravo's "soldier", the wine that points the way to some of the most elegant expressions of Rioja Alavessa we've encountered. Harvested by hand, mid-October, the wine ferments spontaneously and then ages for 8 months in neutral barrels, and a little bit in amphorae. It is bottled unfiltered and unfined. Spicy, textured, and mineral.

92 points
"Sandra Bravo’s 2021 Rioja Tinto bottling is crafted entirely from tempranillo grown in her high altitude vineyards in the Sierra de Toloño Mountains in Rioja Alavesa. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in older oak casks for eight months prior to bottling. It delivers a very promising aromatic constellation of raspberries, cherries, Rioja spice tones, stony minerality, tobacco leaf, garrigue and a gentle framing of cedar from the older oak barrels. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely structured, with excellent depth at the core, chewy tannins, fine focus and grip and a long, well-balanced and nascently complex finish. This is a fine young bottle of Rioja, but it will need plenty of cellaring time to soften up its backend tannins and start to drink with generosity. 2033-2075+"
John Gilman,
View from the Cellar
Issue 105

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