Horizonte de Exopto Rioja 2017 / 750 ml.

Item#: 92117

JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 26, 2019
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.
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Jun 2019
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.

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Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 80% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 10% Graciano

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JS94 94 pts. / JamesSuckling.com (Friday, July 26, 2019)

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.

RP92 92 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (28th Jun 2019)

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.

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One of Spain's most famous wine regions, Rioja lies in north central Spain near the border with France along the Rio Oja River. In fact, many French winemakers moved to this mountainous region from Bordeaux in the 19th century to escape the blight of Phylloxera, which was prevalent at that time. Red wines are typically blends, most commonly using Tempranillo and Grenache (Garnacha) grapes. White wines here are made from Viura grapes.

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One of Spain's most famous wine regions, Rioja lies in north central Spain near the border with France along the Rio Oja River. In fact, many French winemakers moved to this mountainous region from Bordeaux in the 19th century to escape the blight of Phylloxera, which was prevalent at that time. Red wines are typically blends, most commonly using Tempranillo and Grenache (Garnacha) grapes. White wines here are made from Viura grapes.

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The picturesque countryside of Spain is littered with vineyards large and small, and offers up some of the best value available on the wine market today. You can consistently fine critically-acclaimed Spanish wines selling for less than their counterparts from other wine-producing countries. The Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions are most famous, and there's nowhere else in the world where you'll find as many world-class Tempranillos.

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SKU 92117
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Horizonte de Exopto Rioja
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Product Location - Location-Appellation Rioja
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.5%
Wine/Spirit Brand Exopto
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2017
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 80% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 10% Graciano
Primary Grape Tempranillo
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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Lively and focused, this red delivers bright berry and cherry flavors, backed by leafy, smoky and vanilla notes. Light, firm tannins and brisk acidity keep this fresh and balanced. Energetic. Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Garnacha. Drink now through 2024. 90,000 cases made, 18,000 cases imported. (Thomas Matthews)
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SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2020
Smoky and toasty notes frame plum, forest floor and cola flavors in this firm red. Firm tannins and balsamic acidity give this a slightly austere character, but the fruit and spice elements linger. Drink now through 2027. 30,000 cases made, 600 cases imported. (Thomas Matthews)
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Saturated garnet. Ripe cherry, red currant and pungent flowers on the expansive nose, along with vanilla and tobacco nuances that build in the glass. Sweet and broad on the palate, offering oak-spiced red and dark berry and fruitcake flavors and a hint of candied flowers. Slowly building tannins frame the clinging finish, which shows excellent clarity and repeating cherry and vanilla notes.
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JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Fine roasted spices and a hint of vanilla and tobacco leaf to the bright cherries and plums. Medium-bodied and firm on the palate with some grainy tannins and a medium-long finish. Some more wood tannins here that will need some time to integrate. Tempranillo and graciano. Vegan. Drink in 2025. (Zekun Shuai)
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JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, September 9, 2022
A tight and slightly chewy Rioja Reserva that delivers well-judged spice and new leather to the red plums and cherries on the nose. Medium to full body with some granular tannins that will soften more in two years. Best after 2024. (James Suckling)
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A well-knit, medium-bodied red, with light, taut tannins trimming notes of crushed black cherry, baked fig and hints of dark chocolate, tobacco and mineral. Not a powerhouse, but rather fresh and elegant throughout, suggesting this is perfect for sipping or pairing with food. Drink now through 2027. 37,500 cases made, 14,000 cases imported. (Alison Napjus)
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JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 2, 2020
A creamy, full-bodied red with plum and berry character. Nice purity of fruit to this. It’s full-bodied and layered with polish and beauty. Lovely tannins here. Drink or hold.
RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
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