If you haven’t been paying attention lately – Spain is undergoing a wine renaissance of sorts – making some of the most compelling and interesting old-vine Reds anywhere in the world. Deeply profound wines that go far beyond the Rioja tag that is so commonly associated with wines from this great winegrowing region.
The most exciting thing for Spanish wine lovers is that the charge is being led by homegrown talent and not foreign investments – winemakers like Sandra Bravo at Sierra de Tolono who grew up in the vineyards of Rioja, before venturing out to Bordeaux, Tuscany, New Zealand and California before returning to her old stomping grounds and opening one of the top wine projects in the country.
Utilizing some of the oldest and highest altitude vineyards in Rioja in the foothills of the Sierra de Tolono, Bravo’s high-toned, pure and expressive Reds are an absolute treat. They’re a must try for those who like serious reds, and there’s plenty of reasons for it.
Farming biodynamically, Bravo has been producing some of the most delicious, vibrant and terroir driven wines since she first started in 2012. She is relentless in her pursuit of freshness and purity and the few wines that I’ve had from her she has achieved all of that and then some.
96 Points, Tim Atkin, MW
“This is the fourth vintage of Sandra Bravo’s brilliant old-vine Garnacha from Rivas de Tereso and it’s every bit as good as its predecessors. Aged in 300-litre clay amphoras, it’s wonderfully perfumed and intense, with engaging bramble and red cherry fruit sweetness, fine tannins and a long, energetic palate. Drink 2023-2032”
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