Exopto 2020 | Rioja
Two 30-year-old Lodecara plots and 80-year-old El Portillo located in Alfaro and Ábalos, at 400 and 500 meters above sea level. Lodecara has sandy soil with rounded pebbles and El Portillo clay-calcareous soil with gravel. 70% Graciano, 25% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha.
Manual harvest in boxes. Vinification at 22 ºC. Maceration for a week. Aged for 18 months in used French oak barrels of 225 and 600 liters.
The eponymous red 2020 Exopto is an atypical blend of 60% Graciano with 30% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, a wine with aromatic intensity, a lively color and a fresh palate and aging potential. The Garnacha was added this year to lower the pH and keep the freshness. It's serious and textured, medium to full-bodied with medium ripeness and 14.5% alcohol, combining power with elegance. The new oak has been lowered to 30%, and three quarters of the volume matured in 500-liter barrels, which means less impact and more integrated oak. 2,500 bottles were filled in February 2022.