Abel Mendoza, Tempranillo Grano a Grano, DOCa Rioja, Spain, 2018
Modest, passionate and in no small part obsessive, Abel Mendoza and Maite Fernández have been making understated wines from their old vine vineyards, high up in the Cantabrian mountains near San Vicente de la Sonsierra since the late 80s.
His intimate knowledge of the diverse terroirs in this spectacular part of Rioja is enthralling, and every barrel tasted reveals startling provenance and true character of the vintage. Abel doesn’t make wines that flatter, they don’t speak of oak regimes, but rather of the quality of his fruit, expressed in its most honest form.
Old vines grown in San Vicente de la Sonsierra.
Temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 11 days then malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels. Maturation for 18 months in new French oak 225 litre barrels with 3 lots of racking.
Type: French 225l Barrels
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 100
Intense cherry cherry colour. Intense black fruit and perfumed aromas, with good fruit expression in the palate (plums, cassis) and and integrated oak and toast notes.
Beef and Lamb, stewed meats and fish sauce.
Tim Atkin Rioja 2022 Special Report 94 Points
Hand destemmed, like all of the Grano a Grano wines, this comes from three different parcels - El Bardallo, Mondiate and Santa Lucia - in San Vicente de la Sonsierra and Labastida. Firm, concentrated and built to age in bottle, it's a serious, sappy, grippy red with a core of dark berry fruit and toasty oak. 2025-32. 94 Points, TA, Feb 2022.
6 x 75cl
Award: Tim Atkin Rioja Report 2023 95 Points
Award: Tim Atkin Rioja Report 2023 94 Points
Award: Tim Atkin Rioja Report 2023 91 Points