1982 Bodegas Olarra "Cerro Añón" Reserva Rioja

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When this bottle is on, it has to be one of my all time favorite examples of mature Rioja. Winemaker Ezequiel "El Brujo" García (ex Cune in the 1960's and a portion of the 70's) described the Cerro Añon to me as being more masculine, a very old school Riojano way of referring to a wine as "Burgundian" (think: LdH Viña Bosconia, always in the Burgundy bottle). Accorindg to García, Cerro Añón always had a hefty chunk of Mazuelo and some Garnacha to brighten things up a bit. I hope you enjoy this wine as much as I have; it's not only great but an interesting slice of Rioja history as well! These bottles were part of a collection from a Spanish source we have purchased older Riojas from in the past. They arrived to us in early April, in good condition and ready to, ideally recover a bit longer from their journey prior to being cracked open and enjoyed. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2015 | Send Email
Cerro Añon is Bodega Olarra’s “masculine” wine. In this case the wine is about 30% Mazuelo , with a small amount of Garnatcha in addition to the Tempranillo. The resultant wine is much more dark fruited and luxurious than many Riojas. At this point the wine is drinking very well—the fruit is still fresh and vibrant and the acidity and tannin structure in place. Although the wine shows some age characteristics of game and spice, overall it exhibits much more fruit than many wines this age, and is therefore probably the most approachable of the group.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2015 | Send Email
Quite simply, this is the most satisfying bottle of fully mature wine I have enjoyed this year (I should note for the record, that it has been a particularly good year for enjoying older wines, so this wine had quite a bit of competition!) Aromas of darker berry fruits and a slightly wild, gamey side distinguish this bottling from my past experience with Bodegas Olarra’s Cerro Añon. The darker berried fruit continues to the palate, which shows quite a bit of intensity and depth, lifted by brightly balanced acidity and the chalky minerality I expect in great, aged Rioja. My initial impressions were of a very good Nuits St George 1er, maybe with a suggestion of Hermitage, something familiar yet transposed to a sunnier, more Spanish place… For fans of perfectly aged, old school reds, I cannot recommend this wine highly enough.

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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.