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Bodegas Tobía
Alma Tobía Rosado Fermentado en Barrica
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Region/Appellation: Spain, Rioja, Crianza
Grape: Grenache, Merlot, Tempranillo
Style: Smooth and Silky

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Bodegas Tobía was the first winery in Spain to make a barrel fermented Rosé (Rosado in Spanish). It has a minimalist elaboration -- from small batches from different vineyard sites -- meticulously blended after ageing in barrel.

The wine is a blend of 55% Tempranillo, 35% Garnacha (Grenache), and 10% "other" varieties, hand-picked from three vineyard sites and vinified separately. The must is filtered after 48 hours of maceration then placed under a protective layer of CO2 and held at a controlled temperature.

The must was then fermented in new, fine-grained French Allier oak barrels at 12-15 degrees Celsius. Once the fermentation was complete, the wine was aged for five months in the same French oak barrels with occasional batonage (lees stirring). At the end of the ageing period the wine was blended.

Tasting Note

Intense strawberry red colour, with elegant and enticing aromas and flavours of bright red fruits -- raspberry and strawberry -- with slight notes of menthol (cherry), delicate flowers, mild coffee, and cloves. Dry (less that 4 gr/l residual sugar) it is incredibly well-balanced, silky, with a very long elegant finish. Drinks like Pinot Noir.

Alcohol by volume: 13.5%

Recommended serving temperature: 12-14 degrees Celsius.

About the Grape

Grenache: Grenache -- or Garnacha in Spain where it probably originated -- is the 2nd most planted wine grape in the world (after Airen). Prized for its contribution of colour and backbone in blends, it can be made into a variety of styles from Rosé to fruity-style red wines to full-bodied, tannic red wines. You might be surprised to learn that Grenache was Australia's most planted red wine grape until the mid 1990s when Shiraz took over.

Merlot: One of the "Top Seven" grapes (that make up 75% of the world's wine), it is the most planted quality red-wine grape in the world. With origins in France, and part of the famous Bordeaux blend, you can now find it growing almost anywhere in the World. Like Chardonnay it is fashionable as a wine-by-the-glass due to its soft nature, balancing acidity, and rich dark fruit -- think plums -- aromas and flavours.

Tempranillo: Spain's answer to Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, it is an important component in most of Spain's best red DO wines; Rioja and Ribera del Duero, in particular. It is being planted in other parts of the world, to varied success, but it thrives next door in Portugal where it known as Tinto Roriz and Aragonês.

Location, yields, winemaking, and blending have a big role in how Tempranillo will taste, but you should find cherry, raspberry, strawberry, as well as earthy spices, leather, and maybe tobacco somewhere in the glass. Tempranilla wines can be smooth on tha palate, with fine tannins and balancing aciidty. Tannins will increase for those version intended for long-term ageing. The more we taste Spanish wine, the more we like Tempranillo -- it is definitely up there with Sangiovese and Pinot Noir.

Bodegas Tobía

Located in San Asensio (in Rioja Alta), Bodegas Tobía is an artisanal winery, intrinsically connected to its founder Oscar Tobía. The mission at Bodegas Tobia is to elaborate their wines in the simplest way possible: minimizing the process so as to maximize the expression of both the grape and the terroir

Oscar Tobía comes from a family of Riojan winemakers from San Asensio, where his grandparents produced wine in a small neighborhood called las Cuevas. After becoming an agricultural engineer, obtaining a Masters degrees in Oenology and Viticulture, Oscar returned to San Asensio in 1995 to take over the winery from his family. Since then, Oscar has earned a reputation as a winemaker who combines professionalism, the spirit to embrace regional traditions, and the best of what new technology has to offer.

Family-owned vineyards constitute 17 hectares, with a further 60 hectares coming from controlled local vineyards. Vineyards are planted to Tempranillo, Mazuelo (the Spanish name for Carignan, a grape used for colour, tannin, and acidity in southern French blends), Garnacha, Viura, and Malvasia.

Total production is approximately 450,000 bottles from one of the region’s smallest winery facilities. In amongst all the other operations that have to take place on a daily basis, they’ve somehow found space for over 1,000 oak barrels (American, French, and Hungarian). A new, larger facility, closer to the village of San Asensio, is in the planning stages.

We had the privilege to taste the full range of Tobía wines with Oscar, both at the winery in 2006 and at Alimentaria in Barcelona in 2008. In Oscar’s own words: “In order to enjoy the complexity of a wine, one must make the earth, the vineyard and the grape the priorities.”

Bodegas Tobía
Ctra Nacional nº232 km 438
26340 San Asensio (La Rioja)

Phone number: +34941457425

Email: tobia@bodegastobia.com

Website: http://www.bodegastobia.com

Visits: Not presently.

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