Tentenublo, Escondite Del Ardacho Rioja "Veriquete" 2017Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Variety: Garnacha, Viura, Tempranillo
After a long career working for large winemakers in the broader world of wine, Roberto Oliván decided to follow the path of the vigneron (or vinegrower), with the fixation of making great wines and finding clarity in a market where he finds there are shadows. Tentenublo Wines has just around 10 hectares of its own vineyards spread over 26 plots, all of them located in Viñaspre, where the altitude of the Sierra Cantabria Mountains and the impact of both Atlantic and Mediterranean climates stand out. Roberto and family grow what does best in the limestone and red sandstone soils of the Rioja: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Viura, and Malvasia. Escondite Del Ardacho is actually a line of very small-production bottlings and named for a native lizard species. “Veriquete” is an intriguing bottle made of the aforementioned varieties and sourced from vines ranging from 50-100 years old all from a single plot.
Tentenublo, Rioja Blanco 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Malvasia, Viura, Calagraño
In Rioja, it’s not uncommon for a few big producers to exude almost god-like status. They produce large amounts of wine and their market share is incredibly strong. The style of these large producers is what nearly everyone in Spain deems the standard for Rioja. However, Roberto Olivan is one the most exciting names among the new generation. He is challenging the preconceived notions of Rioja and tempranillo being produced in the Rioja region. The fruit is sourced from vineyards (at 620 meters in elevation) that he inherited from his mother. Olivan’s inspiration for this Tentunoblo is decidedly fruit and place-oriented. If one looks back far enough in the annals of Rioja’s rich winemaking history, it was the vineyard work and the soil rather than the au courant oak-aging that defined the wine. In this sense, Olivan’s wines are truly traditional.