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    Bodegas Bhilar

    Phincas

    Spain, Rioja, Rioja Alavesa

    Red

    Winery Overview

    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.

    Viticulture

    Grapes harvested by hand and brought to winery in 10kg boxes

    Vinification

    Half of the grapes are selected for whole cluster fermentation and combined with the remaining grapes which are destemmed and placed in a large oak vat where spontaneous fermentation begins with native yeast.

    Aging

    Aged in 500-liter French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation takes place naturally.

    Scores & Ratings
    91
    Wine Advocate
    90
    Wine Advocate
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