2019 BODEGAS EXOPTO El Espinal de Exopto 75cl (Rioja, Spain)
Style - Spicy
Grapes - 100% Maturana Tinto
Tasting - I will never forget where and when I first tasted this. A spice bomb with notes of wood smoke, star anise, smoked game and dried fruit. Blackcurrant and roast coffee beans on the palate, with an incredible finish. Fudge me this is good!
FYI: Apparently Maturana Tinto is the same grape as the Jura's Trousseau but Exopto's Tom claims it's even more obscure; Castets from the Aveyron (Carmenere/Cabernet Franc).