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Creaciones Exeo Letras Minusculas Rioja 2020

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Country:Spain
Region:Rioja
Winery:Creaciones Exeo
Grape Type:Tempranillo
Organic:Yes
Vintage:2020
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description


This new-wave Rioja (see below for info) is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha. It combines maturity and complexity with freshness and elegance. Theres a core of dark plummy fruit, with some cherry notes, spice and earthiness and lovely ripe tannins giving complexity and body.

This is perfect with grilled lamb chops and salsa verde

 Rioja has traditionally been defined by its ageing. Wines would be blended from across the region and quality would be defined by a wines age - vineyards and regionality were not considered important. Now, theres a new movement in Rioja where new wave producers are pushing to label the wines from their villages and regions highlighting the difference in the terroir and individual parcels.

Creaciones Exeo is part of this movement , stepping away from traditional methods, to produce fresher styles of wine with a lesser reliance an oak influence. The important thing here is hard work in the vineyard to produce great fruit.

Located in the area of Labastida, Rioja Alavesa (this village is labelled on the bottle, until very recently producers were not allowed to do this), Carlos works with 24 hectares of the highest altitude vineyards of the area. In the shelter of the Sierra Toloo, the vines benefit from Atlantic influences and the soils here are mainly chalk and limestone which all help to give elegance the wine.


Winery: Creaciones Exeo

At Exeo we want drinking one of our wines to transport you to the place where they come from, their landscapes, their people and, above all, their vineyards. That is why we put all our efforts into preserving the quality of our raw material, the vineyard, and its fruit as much as possible.

At Exeo we harvest all our plots by hand and collect the fruit in small boxes, respecting the integrity of the grapes so that they are able to transmit their character to the wine, to the glass.
It is a family winery, located in the urban center of Labastida, an initiative of Fidel Fernández Gibaja, who is followed by his sons Carlos, Fidel and his grandson Guillermo. The winery is part of the heritage of a dynasty of winegrowers with 24 hectares of its own vineyards, some of which are over a hundred years old.


The brothers put all their passion and knowledge into making wines, without forgetting the roots of Rioja Alavesa.

The vineyard is worked logically, respecting as much as possible the structures of the soils of its region and the identity that each grape variety acquires in each plot. They fight for clean cultivation without pesticides, seeking the greatest openness, intensity and purity of Rioja Alavesa, to which they add their constant interest in reinventing themselves. All of this results in the production of world-renowned wines, trying to convey their vineyards, their soils and their house in each bottle of wine they produce.

All of its vineyards are located in Labastida, Rioja Alavesa, sheltered by the Sierra Toloño. These have belonged to them for three generations and another part have been acquired under their criteria and always valuing their soils and orientations.

Respect for maintaining and recovering the small, large payments of Rioja Alavesa. Respect for maintaining the wines that this land offers us, so we work in concrete, both in tanks and in eggs.


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