Wines D.O. Ca. Rioja


Ontañon Reserva

“Subtle dusting of modernity. It has a wonderful sense of terroir that captures an image of deep, mineral-rich, unforced extract – nothing out of place or obtuse in any way. What sets this winery apart is their ability to harness a special piece of land in a medium-weight, regal style that is not afraid to stand up for what it believes in: a new definition of Rioja that finds just as much solace in today as it does in yesterday. The 2004 Reserva is Ontanon’s best foot forward and it is still priced at an entry level. With an even stronger Bordelaise backbone than the Crianza, this wine is built from the ground up - it brims with natural tannin and pure fruit that is just darn good to drink.  With an alcohol level at barely 13%, this wine acts as a new pace car for the Rioja race. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for top value and an enticing blend of old and new – a terrific wine that should be tasted by fans of Pauillac and St. Estephe as well as the more restrained renditions of Priorat. Think La Rioja Alta meets Bard College and it will be something like Ontanon – on the one hand rambling/boisterous art culture and on the other, finely detailed elegance.”
(Jon Rimmerman)

“The 2004 Reserva is purple/black in color with a fragrant nose of pain grille, scorched earth, lavender, incense, and blackberry. Dense and concentrated on the palate, it has layers of fruit, succulent flavors, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Give it 2-3 years to round out and drink it through 2019. - 90 points”
(The Wine Advocate)

  • 2004 HARVEST
  • 2005 HARVEST
  • NOTES 2004
  • NOTES 2005
Place: Alfaro Polygon: 120-121, Plot Number: 50,35,33,1,14,17,130, Varieties (Year Planted): Tempranillo (1979), Graciano (1997), Soil Type: Loam Vine, Orientation: North-South, Exposure: Eastern, Altitude: 600-700 meters.

Place: Quel Polygon: 11, Plot Number: 107, 108, 140, 147, 148, 150, Varieties (Year Planted): Tempranillo (1979), Soil Type: Loam - Clay, Vine Orientation: North-East, Exposure: Eastern, Altitude: 770 meters.

The 2004 harvest began on September 20th and ended in the beginning of November. It was an exceptional growing year, thanks to the excellent weather conditions. The fruit entered the winery in perfect condition after a long, slow ripening period. The fruit concentration, acid levels, aromatics and color compounds were in perfect balance, producing wines ideal for aging.
Technical Sheet
2005 was rated “Excellent” by the Consejo Regulador (Control Board) of Rioja. Harvest began in isolated parcels of our vineyard land in the easternmost part of Rioja Baja during the beginning of September, but slowed down over the remaining weeks, as moderate daytime temperatures and cool nights pervaded, leaving the grapes in an extended excellent state of health. By September 17th, after an additional few weeks of hang-time that allowed for a slower sugar formation and better phenolic ripeness, the majority of fruit in our vineyard land was of optimum maturity.
Technical Sheet

95% Tempranillo (La Pasada vineyard).

5% Garnacha (La Montesa vineyard).

Long maceration with controlled temperature between 21-27 degrees Celsius.
12 months in 80% American & 20% French oak barrels (new & used) and 24 months in bottle prior to release.

Alcohol: 13.45 % alcohol by volume.

Total Acidity: 5.4 g. tartaric acid/liter.

Reservas are produced only in vintages of exceptional quality, and the Ontañon Reserva comes from our most select vineyards on the slopes of the Sierra Yerga Mountains, just above the town of Quel in Rioja baja.

The product of some of our oldest vines, Ontañon Reserva displays notes of deep, full fruit flavors but with ample acidity, minerality and earth notes drawn from the land where the fruit is grown. It has backbone, fine-laced acidity, structure and natural grape tannins that that will ensure its integrity for years to come. Drink our Reserva with lamb, roast pork, game, mushroom risotto and meat-based pasta dishes.

Technical Sheet
This wine is a dark and inky red with an intense nose. Smokey notes frame a core of plum and cherry with accents of tobacco, minerals, and earth. Maturing gracefully, this wine has well integrated tannins and ample acidity that give way to a spicy finish. To be drunk now through 2020.
Technical Sheet