Biurko Gorri Tempranillo 2019

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Politically, part of Navarra province, Biurko Gorri are in the far north-eastern corner of appellation Rioja, on the slopes of Monte Yoar in eastern Sierra Cantabria. The Llorens family own 15 plots totalling 40 hectares of vineyards around the village of Bargota, 18 kms from LogroƱo. These are organically grown vineyards lying in a rolling landscape at over 600m on poor limestone-clay soils.

Bargota have been certified organic since 1998 and hand-pick fruit to produce about 300,000 bottles annually.  There are some wines from Sauvignon Blanc and Graciano, but about 70% is Tempranillo. The family head, and winemaker-viticultor is Ramon Llorens.

Soft and mineral, with a mix of red and dark fruit in a floral register. Open and expressive, with nutty tannins and a lick of spicy acidity, it's clearly Rioja and perfectly varietal Tempranillo. There are purple and blue berry aromas with savoury elements of dried lavender, heather, shaved nutmeg. The palate is clean, with refreshing natural acidity. Fruitfulness lengthens to a long, savoury earthen finish and the chalk soil is reflected in fine tannin. PWS