Bhilar "Plots" Tinto
Bodegas Bhilar, Bhilar Plots Tinto
A bold and intense red
Rich and dark on the nose with aromas of hedgerow fruit and morello cherries. Bringing aromatics of dried thyme, rosemary and cloves, and a garnet tone to the appearance. Dense black fruit on the palate, evolving into blueberry, strawberry, cherry and black pepper in the glass. Structured with fine-grade tannins and refreshing acidity; the finish is clean and persistent.
Background: Under David’s guidance, two viticultors from Elvillar were selected
to supply the grapes for this wine. They work closely with David to adopt to his philosophy of sustainable viticulture, reducing the number of treatments and controlling production.
Appellation: DOCa Rioja (subregion: Rioja Alavesa)
Varieties: 85% Tempranillo, 10%, Grenache and 5% Viura.
Harvest and Production: The grapes are destemmed and placed in a wooden tank. After a long maceration, the alocholic fermentation starts with indigenous yeast. Malolactic fermentation follows naturally in the wooden tank. Aged for 18 months in neutral French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Rich and dark on the nose with aromas of hedgerow fruit and morello cherries. Aromatics of dried thyme and rosemary and cloves and a garnet tone in color. Dense black fruit on the palate, evolving into blueberry, strawberry, cherry and black pepper in the glass. Structured with fine-grade tannins and refreshing acidity; the finish is clean and persistent.
After years of making his personal wines in wineries where he consulted, David decided to focus all of his energy on his “Phincas” wines and personal projects throughout Spain. In 2012, he started his garagiste winery close to his vineyards in Elvillar and named it after his village; Bhilar is Elvillar in the Basque language. The new minimal intervention winery finalized in 2016 is a chateau concept that molds into the landscape. The sustainable design is “off the grid” utilizing solar power and built partially subterranean with concrete fermentation tanks to help control the temperature in the winery.
In the year 1999, David started learning about the biodynamic philosophy and changed how he cared for his vineyards. First, he converted to organic farming and then began following tenants to recover the harmony between man, earth, vines, and cosmos. In 2014, tractors were eliminated and horses were brought back to farm the vineyards.
The winemaker and viticultor, David Sampedro Gil, grew up in the same vineyards he works today. While earning his masters in enology, David started his career working in some of the larger wineries in Rioja. There, he realized that great wines are made in the vineyard. A realization that changed his path in life, he returned to his vineyards and started new projects reflecting his personal winemaking philosophy; unique wines that reflect a sense of place, sustainable agriculture, and minimal intervention in the winery.
Old Vines, Limestone Soils, Cool Climate
Vineyards have dominated the landscape of Elvillar for hundreds of years due to its poor soil conditions. Consequently, this region is known for having some of the oldest vines in all of Rioja. Rocky, limestone soils meander through three valleys running from the Sierra Cantabria mountain to the River Ebro giving Elvillar a distinct and diverse viticultural landscape. High-altitude vineyards cling to the hills and valleys ultimately crawling up the side of the mountain toward the Sierra Cantabria.