1973 Bodegas Olarra Cerro Añon Crianza Rioja (slightly torn labels, some corroded capsules)

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From a bodega that we believe actually produced its very first vintage in 1973, this wine was showing surprisingly well and relatively youthfully for a 40-year-old red! Could it have something to do with the fact that legendary ex-Cune winemaker Ezequiel "El Brujo" Hernandez made this wine? Hmmm....could be. When tasted by a number of us here, some of the comments I heard mentioned were "tastes like classic, mature Chateauneuf du Pape from the 1980s," as well as "this is so Burgundian on the nose!" I can see where both of those statements were coming from, as the wine does have a lovely, earthy, red fruited nose, with tangy red fruits on the palate mixed with subtle hints of sweet root veges like beet and horseradish. Elegant, and a steal given the rarity, age, and complexity of the wine. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2013 | Send Email
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Still kicking, still beautiful! I thought this was the most vibrant of the cellared riojas we are importing, with bright cherry and clove flavors still intact behind layers of smoke and pepper. Lean, aged to perfection, and still delicious!
Drink from 2014 to 2019

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2013 | Send Email
This wine is incredible. If you're upset about being priced out of the Bordeaux or Burgundy market (much like I'm being priced out of the Bay Area real estate market) then you need to jump on what older Rioja like this can offer you: savory herbaceous notes, beautifully integrated fruit, complex secondary notes like sandalwood and spice, and an elegant finish. Plus, the wine pairs well with a number of food. Get in now, or be priced out forever.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2013 | Send Email
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I was captivated by the supple richness, depth of flavor and overall experience of this wine. Perfectly where I would think this wine should be in its life, great balance, length and that classic leathery Rioja feel.
Drink from 2013 to 2016

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2013 | Send Email
A delicious, fully mature bottle of Rioja, it is hard to believe that this was produced and bottled as "crianza" instead of the more serious "reserva" or "gran reserva" label. Maybe there was a mix-up at the winery? At any rate, this '73 shows a beautiful contrast between mature, tasty fruit and haunting, evolved, earthy, downright aged Pinot Noir-ish character. Attention all seekers of 1973 vintage wine: this should be at the top of your list.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2013 | Send Email
The 1973 Cerro Anon Reserva Rioja made my day- it is the best red I have ever had from my birth year. Cinnamon was kind enough to buy a bottle for my birthday immediately after tasting it, and I might treat myself to one more for another occasion! With a solid ruby color, and a dark fruit and new leather bouquet, this wine is showing its age less than I am. In the mouth it still has plenty of lively, tangy tempranillo fruit as well as a kaleidoscope of complexity from all of the patient ageing it has received. The wine has a super long, detailed finish, and made an impression that I won't soon forget!

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.