Torre de Ona San Martin Rioja Crianza 2018
- Spain, 750ml
Ruby colour, clean and bright, medium-high robe with red cherry tones on the rim of the glass. 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: Torre de Oña (La Rioja Alta)
- Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
- Region: Rioja, Spain
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Food pairing: Barbecue grilled-meats, smoky dishes; Lasagna, pizza & dishes with tomato-based sauces; Mexican food (tacos, nachos, burritos)
"Bright violet. Spice-accented cherry, black raspberry, vanilla and mocha aromas show fine clarity and pick up a hint of smokiness as the wine opens up. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering sappy red and dark berry, floral pastille and cola flavours sharpened by a peppery nuance. Shows very good energy and spicy thrust on the persistent finish, which is given shape by smooth, even tannins." Josh Raynolds
Terroir, serenity, elegance, uniqueness...
"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 chateaux, 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 and Torre de Oña wines, as well as the wine for our Club de Cosecheros." La Rioja Alta
- 93/100 Points - James Suckling (2017 vintage)
- 92/100 Points - Guia Peñin (2017 vintage)
- 92/100 Points - Guia de Vinos Gourmets (2017 vintage)
- 91+/100 Points - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (2017 vintage)
- 91/100 Points - Wine Enthusiast (2017 vintage)
- "10 Great Rioja Crianza Wines to Try" by Decanter, Julie Sheppard (2017 vintage)
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