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Exopto Cellars Big Bang 2008

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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The phrase "Big Bang" has several connotations. It can mean origin, birth, Genesis... Thus, this wine is the basis of all the wine produced by "Exopto Wine Cellar". Based on three wine varietals that are always present in our wines, "Big Bang" can also mean exploder, mix or merger. This is what we wish to express in this young, fresh, newborn. A wine whose explosion of fruity aromas with a touch of wood allows consumers to enjoy the merger of the three dominant varietals of Rioja. A wine of pleasure, easy-to-understand, the first step in our product range.

50% Garnacha / 40% Tempranillo / 10% Graciano

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The 2008 b.b. (Big Bang) is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 40% Tempranillo, and 10% Graciano. The Graciano and Tempranillo components were aged in barrel for 9 months. It displays aromas of white pepper, spice box, tobacco, cassis, and black cherry leading to a medium-bodied, moderately complex wine with ample sweet fruit, good balance, and a pleasure-bent personality. Drink this outstanding value over the next 5-6 years
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Exopto Cellars

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Exopto Cellars , Rioja, Spain
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Rugby friends Tom Puyaubert, David Sampedro and Javier Gomez founded Exopto in 2003 owing 15 acres of vineyard land. Their first vintage was 2003.

What makes Exopto unique?

* its soil and climate combination, leading to small yields, freshness, aromatics, fruit concentration and dry extract.

* small production less than 7,000 bottles (583 cases) made of their 2004 vintage.

* Tempranillo vines are between 50-90 year old vines and Graciano 30 year old vines.

Highly regarded for distinctive and age-worthy red wines, Rioja is Spain’s most celebrated wine region. Made up of three different sub-regions of varying elevation: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja. Wines are typically a blend of fruit from all three, although single-zone wines are beginning to gain in popularity. Rioja Alta, at the highest elevation, is considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier Rioja Baja produce wines with deep color and higher alcohol, which can add great body and richness to a blend.

Fresh and fruity Riojas labeled, Joven, (meaning young) see minimal aging before release, but more serious Rioja wines undergo multiple years in oak. Crianza and Reserva styles are aged around six months to one year in oak, and Gran Reserva at least two (plus three years in bottle), but in practice this maturation period is often quite a bit longer—up to about fifteen years.

Tempranillo provides the backbone of Rioja red wines, adding complex notes of red and black fruit, leather, toast and tobacco, while Garnacha supplies body. In smaller percentages, Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan) often serve as “seasoning” with additional flavors and aromas. These same varieties are responsible for flavorful dry rosés.

White wines, typically balancing freshness with complexity, are made mostly from crisp, fresh Viura. Some whites are blends of Viura with aromatic Malvasia, and then barrel fermented and aged to make a more ample, richer style of white.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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