Owned by Gorka's family, this south-facing vineyard is located in Villamediana de Iregua, 6km south of Logro̱o, exposed to sun and wind. The well-drained soil is poor in organic matter, sandy limestone, with clay and alluvial stones. Planted in 1982, Los Tollos had been abandoned for a couple of years before purchase by the Etxebarrias, and is planted to Tempranillo with a little Mazuelo and a few vines of Rojal (Malvasia Riojana). 'Tollos' are geographic depressions. Hand-picked, sorted, de-stemmed. Fermentation in 700l stainless with whole berries. Malolactic 50% in tank, 50% in new barriques. Aged 11 months with batonnage. Halfway through, the components were swapped between tank and barrique-ageing.
Purple cola with wild rice cereal character, crushed rock and baked clay, a wine of great depth without heft, poised and easily structured.