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Horizonte de Exopto Blanco 2022

Horizonte de Exopto Blanco

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/ 0.75 L btl

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Spec sheet

TypeWhite wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti12.5%

The wine

This wine is a blend of Viura, Malvasía and Garnacha Blanca, but the way the vines were planted in what started off as a red grape plot around 60 years ago means it is difficult to say with any accuracy the exact percentages used of each variety. The scattering of white grapevines was normal practice back then, as they were more susceptible to disease and so helped to indicate when the vineyard needed treating.

It has an intense nose that reveals lactic hints, ripe fruit notes (peach, pear, apricot) and spices (cinnamon, aniseed). Showing very good balance on the palate with pleasant acidity, it is structured and complex, with a perfumed and intense finish.

Fermented in 225-litre French oak barrels on its lees and aged for 12 months.

Drinking and storing


Ratings and awards

202093 PK
201993 PK
201793 PK
201591+ PK
201492 PK
201392 PK
PK: Parker

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The 2020 Horizonte de Exopto Blanco is mostly from Ábalos but now also has the grapes from new plots he purchased in Baños de Ebro, 75-year-old Viura, so the volume grew to 7,000 bottles. He went for a more oxidative vinification, trying to gain in texture, and the final blend of 80% Viura and 10% each Malvasía Riojana and Garnacha Blanca only reached 13% alcohol in this "tropical" vintage of heat and rain. It has a clean nose of white fruit and flowers and a touch of pollen and dried flowers, chamomile and verbena. It's serious and dry, with some austerity in the palate. All of the grapes fermented together with indigenous yeasts, starting in stainless steel and finishing in French barriques (20%), concrete eggs (20%) and oak foudre (40%), the novelty since the previous year, the use of a 4,000-liter oak foudre that delivered moderate oxidation. It was bottled in September 2021.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2020 - 93 PARKER

Customer reviews

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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...