1991 Ontañon Reserva Rioja

SKU #1109368 93 points Wine Spectator

 Tobacco, cedar and spice aromas show a traditional character in this alluring red. Features a polished texture, with dried cherry, floral and mineral flavors supported by racy acidity. Focused and long, with a lacy, floral finish. Drink now through 2021.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

Ontañon is an amazing bodega, located just outside of Logroño, but sourcing fruit from their own vineyards in Rioja Baja. These are high elevation, fairly isolated, wild vineyards, many of which are gently sloping and on poor, stony soils. The wines here show the richness and generosity of fruit for which tempranillo and garnacha based Rioja Baja wines are known, but with an added elegance, texture and purity which only older vines from top notch vineyard sites can provide. Recently, the winery re-released some library selections to show just how well their wines can age. For anyone who doubts the ageworthiness of wines from Rioja Baja, they really ought to try wines such as this '91 from Ontañon, to discover that these are not only the equal of Rioja Alta's best, but also of similarly aged classified growth Bordeaux at half the price. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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.
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Spain

- 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.
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Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 13