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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Ostatu Alavesa 2008
Ostatu Alavesa 2008
(search item no. 111090)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from vines averaging 40 years old. Low yields. Fermented in stainless steel and then aged 12 months in 70% French oak and 30% American oak.

One of the first projects from Ostatu was a wine named Ostatu. Made from vines that average 40 years of age, a green harvest is used to reduce yields. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks the wine is aged for 12 months in French oak. With a beautiful garnet/crimson color, the Ostatu exudes aromas of cacao, spices and toast. The palate is very even and dense, showing lush fruit that is framed by mineral undertones.

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About Ostatu:

Bodegas Ostatu is a family winery located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region in the town of Samaniego.

The Saenz de Samaniego family has been in the area for many generations. The vineyards, which are protected by the Sierra Cantabria range, are composed of chalk and clay. The average age of the vines is 50 years old. Until recently all the wine was made in the carbonic maceration process with the intent being wines for early consumption.

This philosophy recently changed when Hubert de Bouard de Laforest of Chateau Angelus saw the vineyard sites of the family and expressed an interest in collaborating on a special project. He realized that the age of the vines, combined with the unique orientation of the vineyards, could produce drastically different wines that could compete on the world stage. By changing over from carbonic maceration to traditional fermentation and by reducing yields in the vineyards the wines made a drastic change in style.