Many of you may already be familiar with Sierra de Toloño as we haven't stopped singing the praises of their unique 'Garnacha de Altura' bottling since we first tried it. Today we're singing another tune as our 2 pack offering pairs perfectly with this year's early start to backyard bbq season.
In only her 2nd attempt, she has managed to craft a truly unique expression of rosé unlike any other found in the region. It is equal parts crisp and thirst quenching, yet textural and complex enough to complement salmon and grilled vegetable dishes.
We were so impressed with her 'Caminos de Santa Cruz' Rioja that we had it specially ordered for the shop. There is no Crianza - Reserva system to guide you through this 100% Tempranillo. This is a pure, terroir-driven tinto whose high-elevation vines sit over an atypical amount of limestone soils. There is no new oak here, as fermentation and aging is done using a combination of neutral oak foudres and clay amphora. Easily the most transparent and textural bottle of Tempranillo we've ever tried.
Winemaker Sandra Bravo truly captures modern Rioja and it's not a stretch to say she is carving a path to the region's future.