El Espinal de Exopto 2019 · Buy it for £32.80 at Vinissimus
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El Espinal de Exopto 2019


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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%
Production1,800 bottles

What does this wine taste like?

Violet red
Black fruit / Blueberries / Blackberries / White pepper / Liquorice
Rich / Rounded / Elegant / Silky / Fresh

Drinking and storing

Serve between 15ºC and 17ºC

Food pairing

Iberian sausages / Grilled meat / Octopus Galician style

Ratings and awards

201894 PK
201692 PK
PK: Parker

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The single-vineyard red 2018 El Espinal was produced with fruit from a plot in San Vicente de la Sonsierra at 650 meters in altitude in a cooler zone surrounded by pine trees. The vineyard has sandy soils with clay and limestone and was planted some 25 years ago with Maturana Tinta regrafted on Garnacha. The grapes ripened thoroughly in 2018, and this variety, relative to Cabernet Franc and Carmenère, behaves well in cooler, more Atlantic vintages. The grape needs a long cycle, and they harvested it on the 31st of October. It fermented in 225-liter barrels and matured in 600-liter barrels for 15 months. The vinification in barrique is more an infusion, and he does that to avoid too much extraction and excessive green notes. It has a very bright purple color, very clean, as the nose is also, bright and clean. This shows the austere and mineral character of the vintage, a wine with backbone and length, quite unusual, with ripe black fruit and graphite, austere rather than showy, with just a peppery twist, developing some notes of Mediterranean herbs with time in the glass. The palate is full-bodied, with terrific balance with super-fine tannins and sparking acidity. This is less herbal and fresher than the 2017; it's very tasty. 1,200 bottles were filled in March 2020. A very unusual but very good Rioja; it would be fun to put it in a Bordeaux blind tasting...

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 94 PARKER

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Ageing period12 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodFrench oak


El Espinal

Vine age30 years
ClimateMediterranean with Atlantic influence

The winery

Bodegas Exopto

Bodegas Exopto

Tom Puyaubert arrived in Spain early in the year 2000 from his native Bordeaux, as a sales rep for a famous French cooperage, but coming into daily contact with some of the country’s best winemakers made him feel not only more passionate about wine but also in particular for La Rioja, its vineyards, its wine-growing culture... In 2003 he founded Bodegas Exopto and since then his project has continued to make good progress, producing wines with personality, always using in a...