Alvar de Dios Tio Uco 2018
The 2018 Tío Uco was radically different from the 2017 I also tasted next to it, and right so, because the years were also very different. There is contained ripeness here and a lot more nuance and freshness. It's more elegant and shows better balance, and it's a good expression of Tinta de Toro (aka Tempranillo), with a softening 10% Garnacha that fermented with wild yeasts and matured in used oak foudres of different sizes for six months, followed by a further six months in stainless steel before it was bottled. 28,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2019.