2014 Sierra de Toloño Rioja (Previously $20)

SKU #1296241 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There is also a red 2014 Sierra de Toloño that is produced with Tempranillo from old vines in the zone of Rivas de Tereso; it is fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in neutral barrels for some eight months. It has floral and ripe black fruit aromas, quite showy and captivating, without noticeable impact from the oak. The palate is fresh and clean, with round tannins and good acidity. Pleasant and easy to drink, not terribly complex, but very good for what it is. 26,000 bottles produced  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

Sandra Bravo, vigneron, member of the "Rioja n' Roll" group of young winemakers in Rioja, and a real up-and-coming talent, did not grow up in a vine growing or winemaking family. She studied, learned on the job, and when an opportunity arose to purchase a small bodega in Rioja Alavesa, she went for it. This crianza is delicious, from a challenging vintage in 2014, but with lovely spicy cherry fruits, minerality and a structure that highlights fruit and terroir over any overt oak. Impressive stuff!

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Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2017 | Send Email
Here's a fresh, modern take on Rioja Alvesa with a nod back to ancient wine making. Fermented in amphora, this wine shows a purity of generous fleshy red fruit, yet holds it's proportion with lively acidity. This is fresh, elegant, everyday easy drinking done well! I will be pouring this at my next Paella party. Super recommended!

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.