Viña Otano Gran Reserva Rioja Blanco 2010

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Appellation: Rioja D.O.Ca.
Grapes: 100% Viura Blanco from 95-year-old vines
Production: Alcoholic and Malolactic fermentation in new french oak barrels -300L
Aging: Aged for 36 months in French oak barrels

“The 2010 Rioja “Gran Reserva” Blanco from Viña Otano is all from the same, ninety year-old vineyard, with the blend here ninety-five percent Viura and five percent Garnacha Blanca. It was fermented in stainless settle (both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations) prior to aging for thirty months in cask, with the mix of oak eighty-five percent French and fifteen percent American wood. It is starting to really blossom nicely on the nose at ten years of age, wafting from the glass in a blend of lemon, breadfruit, salty soil tones, dried flowers, incipient notes of orange peel and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a lovely core of fruit, excellent mineral drive, still a fine girdle of acidity and a long, poised and perfectly balanced finish. This is first rate Rioja Blanco! 2020-2045.” 93 points View from the Cellar; Issue #86 - March/April 2020