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Bodegas Tobía
Rioja Reserva DOCa
Red Wine

Region/Appellation: Spain, Rioja, Reserva
Grape: Tempranillo
Style: Smooth and Silky

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Vineyards: La Rioja is comprised of three different provinces, each with their specific climatic conditions: the Atlantic in La Rioja Alta, the Mediterranean in La Rioja Baja, and both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean in La Rioja Alavesa. To the East, down towards the Ebro River, the climate is dry and temperate is a result of the Mediterranean influence. There is a range of soil types in La Rioja: ferrous, calcareous and alluvial, which offers a wide range of opportunities to elaborate wines of excellent quality.

Bodegas Tobia harvest 80 hectares in over 15 different municipalities of DOCa Rioja, to elaborate wines that show the diversity and complexity of La Rioja, each expressing their specific terroir. The lands were selected based on the unique properties of the grapes, their yields, the topography, the microclimate and the soil.

Winemaking Process: A blend of Tempranillo (93%) and Graciano (7%) -- the grapes for this wine were handpicked, from specific vineyard sites, some over 90 years old. Tobia uses only free run juice, rather than a wine press, to ensure the highest quality wine. Whole berry cold fermentation and 28-day temperature-controlled maceration, with regular over pumping. Malolactic fermentation in second passage French and Hungarian oak barrels for 24 months. The wines are stabilized in oak barrels without any chemical processing, and are bottled using gentle filtration techniques, in order to safeguard the wine's purity.

Alcohol Content: 14% alc./vol.

Tasting Note

Tasting note: Clean and bright – deep dark ruby core. The complex nose is of deep dark fruit aromas and flavours – black cherry and raspberry – with well-integrated smoky, vanilla oak notes. There’s a touch of dark chocolate, eucalyptus, and spice on the finish. The wine is balanced, full-bodied, with full smooth tannins and a nice long rich/elegant finish.

Serving Temperature: Serve at 18-20ºC, and we recommendinng decanting the wine for 1-2 hours before dinner.

Ageability: Under the proper conditions, this wine will age for 8-10 years.

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.

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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