2016 Camino de Santa Cruz Sierra de Toloño

Grapes Tempranillo
Colour Red
Origin Spain, Rioja
District Rioja Alavesa
ABV 13%

This wine used to be known as Rivas de Tereso and is one of Sandra's very special, small production releases from a specific old vineyard of pure Tempranillo. As before this is fermented in amphoras and then aged for one year in barrels. Incredible purity to this fabulous wine. So mineral, wafts of balsamic then black fruit berries and gorgeous fresh herbs too. For Sandra this is the optimal expression of Sierra de Toloño. Only 900 bottles produced. L&S (May 2018)

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This could be classified as a new Viñedo Singular, but Sandra Bravo says that she can't face the bureaucracy this would involve. Made with Tempranillo from a high, rocky, limestone based site and aged in a combination of amphorae and larger oak, it's a serious, sappy red with violet and wild thyme aromas, redcurrant and pomegranate fruit and palate-cleansing acidity. 2021-30 Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 Rating: 95-95 Tim Atkin MW, 2019)

Sandra Bravo is one of the best young winemakers in Rioja. Her pure, late-picked Tempranillo, Sierra de Toloño, Camino de Santa Cruz 2016, is sourced from a single old-vine parcel on stony, limestone-rich soils at 630m in Rivas de Tereso. Fermented in amphora and larger, older oak, it's a focused, harmonious 'Sonsierra' red with grip, intensity and freshness.Tim Atkin MW - Decanter(Feb 2019)

Old-vine Tempranillo from a single-vineyard in Labastida at 650m. The wine is fermented in amphora then aged for a year in barrel. Supple, silky tannins and crunchy black berries of amazing purity, enlivened by a deep mineral seam. Just 900 bottles made. Rating: 92-92 Decanter Magazine(Dec 2018)

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.

News 07/02/19 : Great to see Sandra Bravo getting the credit that she deserves from Tim Atkin, who has awarded her his young winemaker of the year - a great friend and brilliant winemaker, brava!

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