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Óscar Tobía, trained as an Agricultural Engineer and completed a Master in Viticulture and Oenology. In 1994 he undertook his business adventure by founding his vital project: Bodegas Tobía. Betting from the outset on innovation and creativity, he produced the first barrel-fermented rosé in Spain in 1996, Alma Tobía. He is a pioneer in Europe in using intelligent tanks that respect the environment and allow for maximum expression and quality wines to be obtained. His business vocation was awarded the Internationalization Award by the La Rioja Chamber of Commerce in 2002.
Since 1994, he has based his work on the creation and development of three brands: Tobía, Óscar Tobía, Alma Tobía. Oscar’s main philosophy has always been to creative, innovative with a non-conformist spirit.
This vintage has been of marked Atlantic character due to slow and late ripeness. The health of the grapes was very good, despite the weather during the year was very complicated with numerous rains in spring, and several local hailstorms just before the harvest time. The benevolent meteorology during the harvest period, has allowed us to wait until the most optimal time to pick up the grapes and plan the harvest gradually. In general, this vintage has been more productive than the previous. It has been very similar to the year 2016. Very balanced in parameters, with wines with lower alcoholic graduations than in 2017, but more refreshing.
Tempranillo (75%) comes from different low yielding vineyards, between 22 & 55 years old planted in different locations: (Tudelilla, Ausejo, Laserna, Hormilla, Arnedo y Cuzcurrita de rio Tirón) widening complexity to the final blend.
Garnacha (7%) comes from a vineyard located in Tudelilla, planted in 1930. Soil filled with gravel and stones. Yielding: 2.500kgs/hectare
Graciano (5%): Vineyard located in a mountainous area in Arnedo and planted in 1995 at an altitude of 650 m., Northern-South orientation, on a low nutrient, stony and shallow clayish-ferric soil. Globet training. Yielding: 4.300 kgs/hectare.
Others (13%) comes from a vineyard planted in 1990 and located in Haro at at altitude of 590 metres conducted in trellis on a low depth calcareous clayish soil with gravel. Orientation: South easterly. Atlantic climate. Yielding. 4.000 kgs/hectare.
Meticulously hand selected harvest. Whole berry cold maceration is carried out after destemming at controlled temperature for 3 days. Fermentation is carried out into “smart tanks” at a controlled temperature. Malolactic fermentation took place in French and American oak barrels followed by ageing for 18 months in the same barrels. Stabilization took place in the barrels, during the ageing process. Fining with egg whites. Bottled without filtration so as to respect the quality of the wine.
Intense and elegant stream of aromas of red and ripe black fruits such as prunes, cherries and currants. Then liquorice and spicy notes like black pepper, cloves, toffees, vanilla and pastry over a backdrop of green tea, eucalyptus and peat.
On the palate, it is gentle, velvety, and voluminous. Meaty ,rounded, full bodied and unctuous. Ripe with a long and lingering finish and very polished tannins with spicy aftertaste.
Chargrilled Lamb skewers.
Lovely now but will improve with 5-7 years careful cellaring.