Tentenublo Xérico Rioja 2018


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The Taste

Vibrant fresh aromatics, very youthful in the glass. Sharp cherry, with chewy tannins and powerful acidity on the palate. This wine has great ageing potential.

The Corky Verdict

Amy –A really unusual Rioja, tart stone fruit and powerful aromas of violets. Really interesting!

Sam –A very young Rioja which has made the press recently. I think it would benefit from some ageing. A real food wine at this stage, the nose is fantastic and the lasting acidity would compliment something delicious like a red Thai curry.

The Facts

  • Red
  • Pairs with: Red MeatPastaCheese
  • Year: 2018
  • Category: Full Bodied
  • Location: Rioja, Spain
  • Type: Tempranillo
  • Percentage: 14% ABV
  • Fermentation: Spontaneous fermentation in open stainless steel vats & aged in French oak barrels for 6 months.

The Producer

Roberto Oliván is the force behind Tentenublo, and he is one of the growing band of Rioja winemakers who are much more interested in making extraordinary wines from single sites rather than volume blends.

He has some vines which are in the family, and has gathered together many little vineyard plots around Viñaspre, his home village, near Lanciego in Rioja Alavesa. The high altitude helps define the brightly-defined style of his wines.

The name ‘Tentenublo’ comes from ringing bells – in Rioja, bells are rung to ward off hailstorms (to what effect is less clear) – which accounts for the animated bell chasing a rather blobby-looking hail cloud on the label. With the Xérico label – a wonderfully nineteenth century looking masterpiece which has a picture of a different ancestor of Roberto’s in each vintage, these make up the bigger cuvées that he makes.