Tentenublo 'Xerico' Rioja
notes from Chambers Street Wines:
Roberto Oliván Iglesias has been farming his eight hectare family estate, Tentenublo, in the high, wind-swept Basque country of the Rioja Alavesa since 2011. Working organically, using native yeast fermentation, and limited sulphur, Roberto draws upon Rioja’s long established protocol of barrel aging (working mainly with French oak), to craft deeply personal wines of substance and character.
In strict geographical terms, Roberto is a winemaker of Rioja, and more specifically a winemaker of the Rioja Alavesa. However, it is the powerful connection he shares with the previous generations of his family who once worked the land now in his care, combined with his deep knowledge of the country surrounding the small village of Viñaspre, where he was born, that truly defines Roberto’s sensibility and influences his decision making process.
Xerico is a multi-vineyard cuvée dedicated to Roberto's grandfather, Félix, who is pictured on the label. While somewhat softer and more refined than Viñedos en Viñaspre, this wine, through its direct, earthy simplicity, also tells a story of its rural origins.
As explained by importer Geoffroy Ducroux (Avant-Garde Wines and Spirits), the property of Tentenublo, despite its relatively small size, can be described as a collection of several distinct microclimates with 15-70 year old vines spread throughout 22 individual parcels in the foothills of the Cantabria mountains, at altitudes ranging from 450-650 meters. The estate is planted mainly to classic red and white Rioja varieties including Tempranillo, Garnacha and Viura.
While the soil composition of the overall estate is predominately marl and sandstone, the specific geology of each site varies depending on its particular position and altitude. Similarly, each site is influenced, to a greater or lesser degree, by the effects of the Ebro River, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, depending on its situation. All of Roberto's wines bear the unique stamp of these profound elemental variables.
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