Exopto es el vino de más alta gama de la bodega, un interesante ejercicio con la Graciano como variedad principal de su coupage. El secreto del éxito de esta variedad, que no suele presentarse en grandes proporciones, reside en sus bajos rendimientos. Un vino distintro al resto, singular, elegante y acariciador.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
The eponymous red 2016 Exopto had the advantage of a cooler year, and this is a blend of 60% Graciano, 30% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha—quite an unusual mix in Rioja—that fermented in 225-liter barrels in a method called integral vinification. He has lowered the percentage of new oak to 30%, and 75% of the wine matured in 500-liter barrels to have less impact of the oak in the wine. I was quite surprised when Tom Puyabert mentioned 2011 as the year he thinks has more similarity with 2016, because he told me that in Ábalos 2011 was not so warm. Even if the year could have been cooler, this 2016 feels riper than the 2017s, a constant here, and in this case, it's because of the Graciano from Rioja Baja. There are more Mediterranean notes of aromatic herbs, and the wine is quite rich and is medium to full-bodied but with freshness, life and length. There is also less oak than in the earlier vintages. 2,700 bottles were filled in April 2018. - Luis Gutiérrez.
Based on 70% Graciano from the Rioja Oriental, with 30% Tempranillo to provide some light relief, this is suitably serious and sturdy with pine and lavender aromatics, subtle wood and lots of grippy, savoury, yet well-integrated tannins. My kind of pan-regional blend. 2023-30