Grape(s): 85% Viura, 10% Garnacha Blanca and 5% Maturana Blanca from 95-year-old vines
Localization: Rioja, Spain
Tasting Notes: Right away you are impressed by the aromatic range from kumquat zest and salted Marcona almond alongside the melon, wet stone and Japanese pear tones that all build in the glass.
Once on the mouth you notice the weightless character of the wine, as this deftly glides cross the mid-palate. The silky texture entices with layers of Macadamia nut, kiwi, orange rind and shades of damp earth they all mingle on the palate.
Gorgeous to enjoy in its youth, this beautiful wine has many years ahead of it. Drink 2020-2032.
Notes: Aged for 36 months in 85% French and 15% American oak barrels
The Domain: Vina Otano comes from a family winery, whose beginnings go back to 1886 when “Grandfather Don Román Montaña” began to engage in the production and aging of wines, becoming the founder of a series of master craftsmen in wines. The current generation of grandchildren continues this work with great success. The winery is located in Fuenmayor – La Rioja, in the sub-zone of Rioja Alta, a town that is historically known for the high quality and capacity of its wine to age well.
The winery utilizes a number of methods to produce the best possible wine including multiple thinning/green harvest passes through each plot, mechanical weeding (no chemicals used), application of organic fertilizer (from composted winery waste), and hand-harvesting of the ripe fruit. Their vineyards range in age from 30 to 95 years old. Fruit comes from a combination of estate-grown fruit and fruit grown under contract and winery direction, from two distinct areas within Rioja Alta.
The current winery was built in 1989 incorporating refrigerated, stainless steel tanks and space for extensive storage of aging wine in both barrel and bottle. Their cellars have storage for over 50,000 cases of wine.