Bodegas Bhilar DSG Tinto 2018
Producer: Bodegas Bhilar
Varietal: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 5% Viura
Region: Rioja Alavesa, Spain
Bodegas Bhilar is a boutique winery located in Elvillar, Rioja Alavesa, run by husband and wife team, David Sampedro and Melanie Hickman. Their goal is to make terroir-driven wines with soul, respect the land, work only with indigenous grapes, and to share their unique wines with good people with positive energy.
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.
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.
DSG stands for David Sampedro Gil, and is his most accessible and earnest line. His tinto is fermented with native yeast and aged for 18 months in oak barrels. The resulting wine has both buoyancy and backbone, an equal balance of fruit and tannin.