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Tio Uco

Alvar de Dios

Tio Uco Bottle
Appellation
Toro
Variety
Tempranillo, Garnacha
Age of Vines
25–40
Farming
Practicing organic and biodynamic
Soil
Clay limestone, sand, gravel
Altitude
900 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, destemmed, 24-48 hour pre-fermentation maceration, native yeast fermentation, 20 day maceration
Aging
5 months in neutral 300-500L French oak barrels and 1000L French oak vats

Overview

In addition to his single vineyard wines, Alvar makes a wine from three plots of vines located in the northwestern part of Toro. Ranging in age from 25–40 years old, these Tempranillo and Garnacha vines are grown on a variety of soils. Named Tio Uco, this wine like those from his single vineyards, is made from organically farmed grapes, fermented whole cluster with indigenous yeasts, sees only a gentle maceration with pigeage by foot, and is aged primarily in neutral French oak barrels ranging in size from 300-1000L. Formerly pure Tempranillo, Tio Uco since the 2016 vintage includes about 10% Garnacha in the final blend. 

Ratings & Reviews

90

2016 Tio Uco

Source: WA

89

2015 Tio Uco

Source: WA

Castilla y Leon, Spain
  • Location
    Castilla y Leon, Spain
  • Appellation
    Toro
  • Proprietor
    Alvar de Dios Hernandez
  • Winemaker
    Alvar de Dios Hernandez
  • Size / Elevation
    10 hectares / 700–950 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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