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Bodegas Tobía
Oscar Tobía Gran Reserva

Red Wine

Region/Appellation: Spain, Rioja, Gran Reserva
Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano
Style: Powerful



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Description

Made from 93% Tempranillo and 7% Graciano grapes, sourced from vineyards with rocky and clay-limestone soil at altitudes between 530m and 570m abmsl, in Rioja Alta. The Tempranillo is from three estate plots, one planted in the 1920s, with a predominantly Atlantic climate, while the Graciano is from a plot planted in the 1960s, with more Mediterranean-style influences. The grapes receive a long 28-day temperature-controlled whole-berry maceration (after de-stemming), with regular over pumping in “smart” tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in oak casks. A selection of the best barrels of the Reserva wine, the wine is aged in French and Hungarian oak barrels (2nd use) for 24 months, with periodic agitation every four months, and briefly in new oak barrels before bottling, unfiltered. The wine remains in bottle for another 15 months before release.

Production is limited to 6,600 bottles.

Tasting Note

Intense cherry red core with garnet rim The complex nose is of deep dark fruit aromas – black cherry, plum (prune), and blueberry – with integrated spicy notes of black pepper, dark chocolate, and cloves, cedar, and cinnamon. The wine is balanced, full-bodied, fleshy, with full smooth tannins, and a very long elegant finish.

Alcohol: 14.5%/vol. RS: 2.7gr/L.

About the Grape

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.

Graciano:

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.”

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

Phone number: +34941457425

Email: tobia@bodegastobia.com

Website: http://www.bodegastobia.com

Visits: Not presently.

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