Garnacha 50%, Tempranillo 40%, Graciano 10%
El Agudo in Monte Yerga (Rioja Baja) for Garnacha and Perquita (Rioja Alta) for Tempranillo in Abalos zone
El Agudo face east and Perquita faces south.
El Agudo and Perquita both have a rocky gravelly soil with sand below that.
All farming is done by hand.
The wines are naturally fermented with wild yeast in concrete vats.
Aging is done in either concrete or wood vats for about 6 months before bottling.
70,000 bottles on average produced per vintage.
Bozeto means "sketch" or "outline" and as the name implies it is their entry level wine. The wine is a fruity easy drinking introduction to their wines, philosophy and mix of Rioja's 3 principle grape varieties.
The fresh and fruit-driven 2016 Bozeto de Exopto is a blend of 50% Garnacha from Monte Agudo in Alfaro, 40% Tempranillo from Ábalos and 10% Graciano, also from Alfaro, to provide acidity and freshness. The destemmed but uncrushed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts at controlled temperatures in stainless steel, concrete and oak vats. The different grapes were aged separately for seven months, the Garnacha in concrete, some Tempranillo in oak vats and the remaining Tempranillo and Graciano in well-seasoned, neutral barriques. It's a fruit-driven, slightly grapey red, and this cuvée, with its high percentage of juicy, round and ripe Garnacha, has more of a Mediterranean character. 2016 was a high-yielding vintage, perhaps more so for Tempranillo. This is precise and clean, everything seems to be in its place, and the wine has settled with some time in bottle. 75,000 bottles were produced, bottled in two lots with the same blend within one month.
Very sweet maraschino cherry nose, but in spite of that this has healthy tannins and a nice acidity. If the alcohol didn't show slightly it would rate higher. Drink now.
The 2016 vintage of Bozeto de Exopto is a touch lower in octane than the 2017 version, coming in at fourteen percent and the wine is showing very well today. The bouquet delivers a fine mélange of black raspberries, woodsmoke, a bit of roasted game, garrigue and a complex base of dark soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a rock solid core, fine focus and grip, moderate tannins and a long, well-balanced and youthful finish. I really like the influence of the higher altitude, old vine Garnacha and Graciano in the blend here, and though the wine probably gains a bit of octane from the inclusion of this old vine fruit from the hot Rioja Baja, it is a very fair trade-off for the depth and complexity found in the fruit from these old bush vines.
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