Sandra Bravo is one of the most energetic and devoted winemakers you will ever meet and her upbeat attitude is clear In her wines. This white is sleekly feminine, a very sophisticated, quite delicate profile is underpinned with a denser, more powerful core. Really nicely balanced and a far brighter more polished style than is sadly so common. L&S (Oct 2017)
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The 2016 Blanco de Sierra de Toloño was produced from individual white vines from old vineyards where they are intermixed with the reds in the Rivas de Tereso village. Sandra Bravo likes clean and fresh whites, pure and direct, kept with the lees until March. It's young and fresh indeed, with even a saline/mineral touch from the limestone-rich soils that invites you to drink. 2016 was a complete and very balanced year that worked well for both colors. Rating: 90 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com(Feb 2018)
Quite delicate nose and then firm structure. I assume lots of Viura (yes, 100%) but this is more interesting than most. Substance in the middle. And length. Well done! Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Oct 2017)
Sierra de Toloño
Sandra Bravo comes from Rioja, and has returned there to start this project. 2012 was the first vintage. Sandra has trained in Bordeaux, Chianti, Marlborough, California, and is still currently winemaker for one othe bigger producers in Priorat. She has returned home to make a Rioja which reflects the land and climate of this particular corner of Rioja Alavesa. The wine comes from old goblet trained Tempranillo vines grown on calcareous clay are at 650m in Labastida - one of the highest vineyards of the Rioja region. The mountains of the Sierra de Toloño protect the vines from northerly winds and create a special microclimate, cold because it is so high, but dry with the Mediterranean influence despite being so far north. All this is perfect for the grapes to ripen fully over a long time in the bright light but relatively cool temperatures - the ripeness comes slowly, retaining natural acidity. The grapes are harvested into 15kg boxes, sorted at the vine, and taken to the winery in Laguardia. Here Sandra does a very conservative vinification, with a cold soak to start with to preserve the freshness of the fruit, and then only a gentle pigeage. After the vinification the wine is aged just six months in French oak barrels, and bottled without fineing of filtration. For the 2013 Sandra is delighted to have some amphorae, and will make a wine with no oak at all, aged just in these.
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