the spanish aquisition

Biurko Gorri, bargota, rioja

Politically, part of Navarra province, Biurko Gorri are in the far north-eastern corner of appellation Rioja, on the slopes of Monte Yoar under Sierra Cantabria. The Llorens family own 15 plots otalling 40 hectares of vineyards around the village of Bargota, 18 kms from Logroño. These are organically grown vineyards lying in a rolling landscape at over 600m on poor marl 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. There is a single vineyard Reserva, Pagos de Arranta, from 4 hectares of old stony vineyard. After a
year in oak it is settled in tank a further year before bottling, and is firm, cherry-fruited, earthy and nicely spiced with great acid – a mineral, plum flower and leather Reserva of some charm.
Bargotas Gran Reserva is a lovely amalgam of licorice, cherry stone, balsam and tobacco, mild red fruits and old wood perfume. It's well organised and harmonious with good richness balancing the maturation style – a very successful 'third way' between abstract oxidation and modernist fruitfullness. Mineral and mild, delicious.
For TSA right now, though, Biurko Gorri's Tempranillo Joven is the real point of interest.

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