Finca San Martín Crianza 2018
- Spain, 750ml
A classy and complex Rioja. Clean, bright ruby colour. Very expressive and intense on the nose with violet flowers, red fruits, wild strawberries, mulberries and redcurrants, wrapped around a rich palette of balsamic and spicy notes: vanilla, toffee, nutmeg, caramel and liquorice. It stands out on the palate for its balanced freshness and structure, with supple tannins and a smooth, rounded, classic Rioja Alavesa finish.
- Winery: La Rioja Alta - Torre de Oña S.A.
- Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
- Region: Rioja, Spain
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Other: Drink now to 2028
- Food pairing: Barbecue grilled-meats, smoky dishes; Lasagna, pizza & dishes with tomato-based sauces; Mexican food (tacos, nachos, burritos)
"Pretty cherry red colour, medium-high intensity, with a garnet rim. Very intense on the nose, with a marked fruity character: red cranberries, currants and red blackberries that envelop balsamic aromas of pastries, cocoa, ground coffee, cinnamon and liquorice. Elegant freshness, balanced, fine tannins and smooth finish. Fruity aftertaste, with a marked reflection of red fruits and balsamic notes from its careful aging in barrels. A wine that reflects the typicity and uniqueness of Rioja Alavesa."
Torre de Oña S.A.
"These are the terms that define the identity of the Torre de Oña winery, which we now wish to share and enjoy with you. They are concepts that have coalesced together since 1995, when La Rioja Alta, S.A. led this exciting project with the aim of making a wine of excellent quality incorporating the unmistakable personality of one of the best terroirs in the renowned Rioja Alavesa zone. We were convinced that, just like the great châteaux, it was a unique location with an undeniable potential for making a great, modern wine, capable of conveying the exclusive features of a privileged estate.
Since then, we have unceasingly sought to continuously improve the quality of our wine, bringing about significant changes in both our vineyards and our winery. However, it is during the last few years, particularly since 2005, that we have devoted a great deal of attention to studying the different plots on this estate. We characterised the land and divided it into various subplots and we made and aged the wines from each subplot separately. We identified the best quality grapes and we only vinify those harvests with the quality required by great wines of international scope. This gave rise to our Martelo, Torre de Oña and Finca San Martin wines, as well as the wine for our Club de Cosecheros."
La Rioja Alta S.A
"1890 - Riojan and Basque families founded the Sociedad Vincola de La Rioja Alta in Haro's Station District. Our first president was a woman: Doña Saturnina Garcia Cid y Gárate. Monsieur Vigier, a Frenchman, was the House's first winemaker and the Reserva 1890 (predecessor of today's Gran Reserva 890) is the first wine he made.
1904 - Don Alfredo Ardanza, founder of La Rioja Alta and owner of the Ardanza Winery, proposed the merger of both companies. To commemorate the event, we made the Reserva 1904, which eventually became the Gran Reserva 904.
1941 - We took on the definitive name that persists today: La Rioja Alta, S.A.
1942 - On 28 September, we registered the brand that has given our House the most fame and renown: Viña Ardanza.
1974 - Introducing the Viña Arana brand, which replaces the classic 6 Año (Sixth Year).
1976 - First vintage of the La Rioja Alta SA Club de Cosecheros. This new concept of understanding the relationship of trust between client and winery was extended in 1997 to Torre de Oña and, in 2002, to Áster.
1978 - We registered the Viña Alberdi brand, which replaces the old Áno Thirs Year).
1988 - We chose O Rosal, Pontevedra as the place to settle in Galicia and explore new winemaking avenues. We acquired a traditional winery, Fernández Cervera Hermanos S.L. and changed the old name to Lagar de Fornelos, S.A. As a tribute to the founders, we have always respected the brand name Lagar de Cervera.
1990 - We celebrated our centennial. We started our journey in Ribera del Duero planting the first vines of the new winery, Áster which was built in 2000.
1995 - We acquired the Torre de Oña, S.A. winery in Páganos, Rioja Alavesa. The purchase included the winery, a palatial mansion, a shrine and 45 hectares of vineyards. The first wine was the Barón de Oña Reserva 1989
1996 - We build, in the municipality of Labastida, a new wine cellar equipped with the highest technology and that allows us a significant increase in the quality of the wines.
2004 - The U.S. magazine Wine Spectator chose Lagar de Cervera Albariño as one of the Top 100 wines of 2004.
2015 - Our Finca El Otero wine from Bodegas Áster, receives the recognition of best wine in the world from Top Merchant.
2019 - Our Gran Reserva 890 secures fourth place among the best wines in the world according to Wine Spectator magazine."
La Rioja Alta S.A
- 91/100 Points - James Suckling
- 91/100 Points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous
- 91/100 Points - Luis Gutierrez, Parker's Wine Advocate (2017 vintage)
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