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Producer: Bodegas OntañónGrape Varieties: 95% Tempranillo, 5% GracianoOptimum Drinking: Within 16 yearsWine Style: Medium bodied well flavoured red wineAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Spain
Tasting NoteDeep, dark fruit flavours combined with ample acidity, minerality and earthy notes. It has a fine structure and natural grape tannins to give good length and weight.
Raquel, Ruben and Maria Pérez Cuevas are part of the 3rd generation of the Cuevas family to make wine in Rioja Baja. Their father, Gabriel, inherited parcels of vineyards just outside the town of Quel on the higher slopes of the Sierra de Yerga mountain range. He was determined to produce wine that embodied the region, where he believed some of the highest quality wines from Rioja are made, and soon acquired more vineyardS in the area.
In The Vineyard
Reservas are only produced in years of exceptional quality - and from the most select vineyards. The Tempranillo is sourced from La Pasada, and the Graciano from La Montesa vineyard.
In The Winery
After a long maceration the wine spends 12 months in 60% American and 40% French oak (both used and new), followed by 24 months in bottle.
Food Recommendations - drink this Reserva with lamb, roast pork or mushroom risotto.
Awards & Press2004 Vintage: Drinks Business / Rioja Masters 2013 - Bronze
2004 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2013 - Bronze
2004 Vintage: Decanter 2012 - Bronze
2004 Vintage: International Wine Challenge 2012 - Bronze
2005 Vintage: "There is a huge jump in age between the 2010 Crianza and the 2005 Reserva, which shows a completely different aromatic profile, with tertiary aromas making their appearance and the core of ripe black fruit lurking from behind. Still the quality level is quite similar, and it’s more up to individual preferences. Drink 2014-2016. 89 Points" Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate Issue 210
2004 Vintage: " 'Plums and apricot on the nose lead to a cherry and coconut-spiced palate, with a savoury character and complex finish,' said Galvin Restaurants' Andrea Briccarello, adding 'Well structured, with layers of spices and meat.' " Sommelier Wine Awards 2013, Judges Comments
2004 Vintage: "Modern, fresh style with youthful crisp fruit. Some signs of development, with integrated oak." Decanter Awards issue, October 2012
2004 vintage: "...offers spicy dark cherries and blackcurrant on the nose. The palate is very supple with creamy new oak ....Drink now - 2017. 88 points." The Wine Advocate, Issue 202, 31st August 2012
2004 Vintage: "This energetic red shows cranberry, liquorice and cedar flavours carried across the palate by racy acidity, weaving spice, tobacco and leafy notes over light, firm tannins. Drink now through 2016. 91 points." Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, 31st August 2012
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