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Tio Uco

Alvar de Dios

Tio Uco Bottle
Appellation
Tierra de Castilla y León
Variety
Tempranillo, Garnacha
Age of Vines
25–40
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Clay limestone, sand, gravel
Altitude
900 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, partially destemmed, 24-48 hour pre-fermentation maceration, native yeast fermentation, 20 day maceration
Aging
5 months in 1000-3500L French oak foudres, vegan

Overview

In addition to his single-vineyard wines, Alvar makes wine from three plots of vines and some purchased fruit 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 sandy 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 foudres ranging in size from 1000-3500L. Formerly pure Tempranillo, Tio Uco since the 2016 vintage includes about 10% Garnacha in the final blend.

Ratings & Reviews

90

2021 Tio Uco

Source: JS

91

2020 Tio Uco

Source: WA

90

2019 Tio Uco

Source: JS

91

2018 Tio Uco

Source: WA

90

2016 Tio Uco

Source: WA

Castilla y Leon, Spain
  • Location
    Castilla y Leon, Spain
  • Appellation
    Tierra de Castilla y León
  • Proprietor
    Alvar de Dios Hernandez
  • Winemaker
    Alvar de Dios Hernandez
  • Size / Elevation
    10 hectares / 700–950 meters

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