Bodegas Akutain, Cosecha 2016Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Tempranillo, Garnacha
Four decades of history have created an incredible wine that is still very much an underdog in a region dominated by big names. Juan Peñagaricano Akutain was an engineer in the Basque region, working more on the wine equipment than the wine itself. However, with many tastings and learning from many of the wineries that put Rioja as a wine region on the map, Juan decided to plant his own vineyards in 1975. His desire was to work only with his own fruit and to control every step of the farming and winemaking. He purchased a horse and strived to make wines in the traditional style of the famed wine houses of the region. Less than 20 acres of vines means the estate is manageable. Juan's son has now taken over the day-to-day operations.
Lopez de Heredia, Vina Cubillo Crianza 2010Regular price $34.00 Save $-34.00
This winery stands wreathed in a mist of legend. Their wines are not easy to get, and almost impossible to forget. Most devotees will tell you if you can get your hands on their wines, don’t hesitate. Since 1890 – a period spanning one hundred and thirty vintages- they have only declared twenty Gran Reserva vintages. The Vina Cubillo is a Crianza from, speaking of legends, the 2010 vintage, but this Crianza will outperform Gran Reservas from a great deal of other producers.
Primarily Tempranillo with Grenache, Mazuelo and Graciano topping off the cuvee, this luscious wine offers red fruit in abundance that quickly translates in a cedar and spice savoriness. The finish is superb and seems to keep going…
Tentenublo Rioja Blanco 2018Regular 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.
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, Xerico Rioja 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Tempranillo, Viura
Tentenublo is the name given to the ringing of bells aimed at fighting off hailstorms in some Rioja villages. Working organically, using native yeast fermentation, and limited sulphur, winemaker Roberto applies Rioja’s long established custom of barrel aging working mainly with French oak to craft wines of substance and character. The property of Tentenublo, despite its small size, is described as a collection of several distinct microclimates. The vines are spread throughout 22 parcels in the foothills of the Cantabria mountains. The estate is planted mainly to the classic red and white Rioja varieties including Tempranillo, Garnacha and Viura. Each site is influenced to some extent by the Ebro River, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.