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Tentenublo Xérico 2018

Tentenublo Xérico



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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%

The wine

Occasionally, parallels can be found between wine and people. Just as when the more reserved amongst us are sometimes the ones who have more interesting things to say, when a wine makes claims to be modest, in fact it excels. Such is the case with Tentenublo Xérico, a village wine that arose from the notion of paying tribute to Viñaspre people and which has become a genuine revelation.

The label pays homage to Vicenta, the mother of Roberto Olivan, a young winemaker and owner of the family winery. The picture on the bottle illustrates to perfection the kind of wine we'll find inside: a wine like those of times gone by, which smells of the winery and harvest. The Tempranillo and Viura (20%) grapes with which it's made come from three different parcels, planted with bush vines on the slopes of Viñaspre's chalky loam slopes, effectively adding pleasantness and complexity overall. The grapes are only partially destalked and because of the combination of these stems with the concrete and chestnut foudres used in its ageing there's the growing sensation of a classic wine.

After the recommended decantation, a fresh, crisp wine emerges, boisterous and lively. The red fruit, the lactic and spicy notes dominate the attack, but soon fine hints of smoke and wood appear, accompanied by aromas of times past, of bread toasted over hot coals, of stone dust, of a village wine, just as the label says. On the palate it's juicy and has good acidity with a balsamic background of laurel, liquorice and black olives. It has that rusticity of honest wines, the sort that speaks of a particular land.

What does this wine taste like?

Violets / Blackberries / Ripe cherry
Fresh tannins / Light / Intense

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Rabbit / Iberian sausages / Veal steak

Ratings and awards

201892 PK91 PN
201591 PK
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The 2018 Xérico is a village red from Viñaspre and is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Viura from four organically farmed, head-pruned vineyards on slopes on limestone marl soils, all the vineyards separated by soil for this wine and red sandstone for Tentenublo. The grapes were partly destemmed and fermented and aged concrete for a long time. The wine takes time; it's hard and tannic when young and gets polished by time in the bottle. It's a young wine, fruit-driven, with more red than black fruit, and with a polished palate, with balance and fine tannins. 25,950 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2019.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 92 PARKER

Customer reviews

3 reviews


Vinification materialCement / Wood
Type of woodChestnut

The winery

Tentenublo Wines

Tentenublo Wines

Winegrower and oenologist Roberto Oliván always follows his own vision and makes sure his wines do not tailor to one specific style. Perhaps that is why the Wine Advocate taster Luis Gutiérrez calls him one of the leaders of the new Rioja revolution, or the Master of Wine Tim Atkin named him Young Winemaker of the Year in 2015. Based in the small village of Viñaspre in northern Spain, Roberto produces terroir wines in a traditional hand-crafted way which express the strong...