Horizonte de Exopto 2017
Horizonte es quizás el vino con más identidad riojana, estructura y volumen de Exopto. Representa con buenas credenciales todo el carácter de la Rioja Alta, aunque el aporte de la Tempranillo es más elevado. Comparte con el resto de vinos de la bodega la misma filosofía de ensamblaje que busca entregar un tinto armonioso y con complejos matices.
Rabo de toro en salsa
Un juego interesante entre la untuosidad de la carne gelatinosa del plato y la acidez y textura del vino.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
The red 2017 Horizonte de Exopto is a traditional blend of Tempranillo with 10% each Garnacha and Graciano, but now not all of grapes come from the village of Ábalos—since 2016, they have added two plots in San Vicente de la Sonsierra. The destemmed and lightly crushed grapes fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured 50/50 in 600-liter demi-muids and 225-liter barriques for one year. The wine is surprisingly fresh, expressive and aromatic and has a touch of black pepper, perhaps because there are more grapes from higher-altitude vineyards that didn't suffer the frost, and the result might be fresher than some wines from 2016 or 2015. The move to bigger barrels and less oak seems to have paid back with much better integration of the wood and additional nuance. A great effort for the vintage and a bit of a surprise—lighter and less concentrated but more drinkable. 9,000 bottles were filled in November 2018.
This is a beautiful play between fresh blackberries, violets and lavender and dried meat, vanilla and spices. Iodine, licorice and tar all in there, too. Full body, muscular yet grainy tannins and layer after layer of plush fruit, wrapped up neatly in tangy acidity. Drink in 2022.