Ontanon Rioja Gran Reserva
- Rioja, Spain
- Tempranillo, Graciano
A fantastic Rioja Gran Reserva from Bodegas Ontanon with 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano aged for 3 years in oak and a further 2 years in bottle this wine drinks now but will benefit from cellaring for several more years.
Beautifully developed Rioja with aromas of dark fruit, red cherry, spice, tobacco and mocha. The palate shows complexity and structure with layers of black fruit, spice and toasty oak to give a long and elegant finish.
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Serve with roast meat dishes, or simply with fine ham and cheeses.
2005 Vintage Sommelier Wine Awards 2018
Bodegas Ontañón is a 5th generation family-owned and run winery in Rioja Baja (now Rioja 'Oriental'). Here Raquel, Rubén and Maria Pérez Cuevas continue their father Gabriel's work to develop Bodegas Ontañón into one of the most highly-regarded wineries in Rioja.
Ontañon have vast swathes of vineyard in this part of Rioja. Whilst wine production in the region is typically very dependent on contracts with grape growers, the Pérez Cuevas family have seen fit to invest heavily in the purchase of their own land and vines. Their 250ha is a testament to the importance they place on controlling grape quality. Their vineyards sit high in the Sierra Yerga mountains in the prestigious region surrounding Quel - and defy misconceptions that Rioja Baja is one of the lesser sub-regions within Rioja. Much of their vineyards are actually planted at altitudes on a par with, or above, those in Rioja Alta and Alavesa; (La Pasada is their highest vineyard at 800m above sea level – planted in 1979 it is used for Reserva and Gran Reserva wines). The hot and dry Mediterranean climate allows for consistent ripening of the grapes with little disease – this has enabled them to pursue organic production across 57 hectares.